Finding Your Calling | Living With Passion
Finding your passion is one of the key ingredients in designing a life you love. When I speak with coaching clients, we talk about how to identify and then live out their God-given passion. For many of us, everyday life has come to the forefront of our daily activities leaving little room for that passion.
The journey to living with passion
For years, I thought there was something wrong with me. You see, I knew there was something more out there for me. I knew I was supposed to do big things. But I had no idea what I was supposed to do. The gifts God had given me didn't even seem to fit together. They felt more like random skills rather than something I could put together into one calling and purpose.
Whenever I asked people for wisdom and advice, the first question they would ask is, "What are you passionate about?" I would reply with a deer in the headlights look back. You can only imagine how things went from there.
You see, I'm what you call mostly even-keeled. I have a little bit of a temper but I digress. On most days and in most situations, I'm your go with the flow gal. I can go along as long as it's not into a pit of alligators or mice.
Because of my even-keeled-ness (yes, I've made up my own word), I tend to not have a lot of highs and lows. I'm not super excited about many things (the Cubs winning the World Series would be an exception) and not super low about other things. Life is fine and I mean it.
So when I was asked about my passions those years ago, I couldn't pin point a single thing. I would rattle off things I like. I like to write - check. I like to speak - check. I like the Bible-check. You get the drift. But when it came to clarifying my calling and living with passion - all my likes were of little help.
As I write these words, I wonder where you are when it comes to having a little clarity as to what you are passionate about. Many of you, are the excitable sort. You know who you are. You get excited and passionate and you know those things that make your heart race. But others of us, we need a little help when it comes to bringing some clarity to this issue.
The importance of living with passion
You may be asking if this is even important in the grand scheme of things. I mean, hundreds of people go to work to a job they fell into - a job they would describe as I don't love it and I don't hate it. So why should we care about living in our passions?
I can't answer for you, but I can answer for me. When I finally did get clarity on what I'm passionate about - it made all the difference. It seemed like overnight I finally loved what I did with my day everyday. I discovered the place that some life coaches call convergence. That place where you use your gifts to pursue your passion and help others. That place where you believe your work is part of God's plan. That place where you know you are contributing to the growth of God's kingdom right where you are (with His help, of course).
You and I are people who learn toward discovering our passion because God, who knit our hearts together, made us on purpose for a purpose. We were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. When we live with passion, we allow God to use the unique ways He has wired us to make an impact on the world around us.
Looking back to move forward
So just how do we discover and find clarity on our God-given passion? It's a great question with a not so simple answer. The long answer is getting to know yourself from the inside out. It takes pressing pause on our jam-packed schedule to see what inspires us, what brings us joy and what we're actually good at.
I've been thinking about this for several reasons. Here at One Foot, I'm reworking the business. I'm asking questions about where I want to specialize in the field of coaching and how I reach the people I can best help when it comes to the gifts and talents God has given me.
I've also been thinking about it because there is a new book out that I'm interested in. It's called She's Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst. I've heard Chrystal interviewed on several podcasts and have been intrigued every time.
The premise of the book is that there is a girl inside of each of us that knows exactly what our passions are. The girl who had a dream once knows that we are uniquely gifted and wired for a fulfilling and meaningful life. The girl who knows our hearts can help lead us on our life path.
Your first step toward your passion
While Chrystal wrote the book for her young adult daughter, she says that all of us have an inner girl. How do we get in touch with her? We think back to a time when we, as a girl of any age, had the most hope for our future. We think back to a time when we vividly remember the dreams we had for our life. And we ask that girl, what our passions are? We go back and ask that girl what a life we love will look like.
I don't know about you, but somewhere along the way I lost touch with the young lady who had dreams and passions. I fell into a life that was fine when God designed me for a life of adventure.
One way to get in touch with that girl is to write a little letter. Every once in a while, I ask my coaching clients to write a letter to their 18 year old selves. What do they know now that they didn't know then? What dreams did she have that they never got to?
Writing this letter takes courage because it may not be easy to get in touch with your inner girl. It takes a brave woman to look back at her life and realize the dreams of that girl have been set aside. Maybe it's time you and she get in touch. Maybe it's time you discover how your dreams from yesterday fit into your life of today.