Sunday, April 24, 2011

4 Resources for Finding Your Calling

On this Easter, I realized I've repeatedly worked to get closer to my calling in life and along the way have collected 4 resources worth sharing.

Full disclosure: My default go to resource for most of life's problems and joys is to a book.  So lots of these resources are books.  However, I'm not receiving payment from anyone for talking about these resources and, while I should be, I'm not an Amazon Affiliate....yet.

1. The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy Filled Life by Tommy Newberry
Extremely practical advice focused on the things that you can control like your thoughts, your diet, your exercise, the premise of this book is:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whateve is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Essentially, this speaks to the power of positive thinking. Newberry recommends disciplining your thinking because the  Law of Attraction and the Law of the Harvest both say the same thing.  What you send out into your world, what you sow, is what you will reap. It is more about the how you approach things than the what.
I'm on Day 5 of this 48 days project which includes journaling answers to questions at the end of each chapter. Dan's goal is to help you "find the work you love."  One of the most useful things he's said so far is, "Jobs will come and go, but they should never derail you from the fulfillment of your calling." 

Rubin examines a number of different theories about what makes us happy. For example, a de-cluttered space is supposed to contribute to happiness.  Gretchin puts the theory into practice and, as an engaged reader I did the same. It's definitely a good book for understanding what you can affect in your own happiness vs the theory that you have a certain set point that can't be changed.

4. Playing Big with Tara Mohr
This one is different from all the others because Tara coaches a group over 6 months.  As she says,
"Playing Big is for you if:
You want to be more effective and have a greater impact in changing the world
You feel a calling or a creative inspiration but you aren't moving forward with it as powerfully as you could
You want to make a positive difference in the world and find that you are held back by self-doubt, fear, or procrastination
You suspect it would be a whole lot more fun to play bigger."
There are over 100 participants from all over the world including New Zealand and Nova Scotia. All the participants are women.  We connect through the use of the Ning network, Maestro teleconferencing and soon, MeetUps in locations of concentration such as the Pacific Northwest and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The most useful thought so far is that we don't receive ONE calling but many assignments that vary over time and with our individual circumstances.  That frees me from the fear of making a mistake and choosing the "wrong trousers" Wallace and Gromit style. 

I'll write  more in the coming days and weeks about what I'm learning and the changes I'm making.  In the meantime, I hope these resources are helpful to you.

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