According to a Gallup study 70% of U.S. workers are disengaged in job or careers that mean little to them. Do you know the difference between:
· a job,
· and a vocation?
A job allows for a set amount of pay for a specific amount of time. Jobs are the easiest to find; they are the least stressful and they provide an adequate allowance of extracurricular time to discover your passion. A career is a long term and consistent job. Ideally, your career is one that you choose.
We are all familiar with the concepts of “job” and “career,” but “vocation” is a much misunderstood term. The word comes from the Latin vocare, or voice – meaning to follow the voice of God, or to do what we are called to do. A vocation is a calling that merges our mission in life with God’s mission on earth. As Frederick Buechner puts it in a well-known passage from Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC, “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” That intersecting point is your calling, your vocation. Your calling is your passion project, something you genuinely care about and of which you will never grow tired. When you are consumed with your calling, time and money do not apply. So the many hours that you “work” on creating money to pay for your lifestyle will not suck. Because this is your happiness.
Strategies for capturing your calling:
1. Find Your Desire and Your Passion: What is it that gets you fired up?
2. Identify Your Skills and Abilities: You have been given certain talents and skills that come naturally.
3. Know Your Personality Tendencies: How do you relate to other people? In what kind of environments are you most comfortable? Are you analytic, logical and detailed or expressive and visionary?
4. Awareness of Your Values, Dreams, and Passions: What do you enjoy doing? If money were not an issue, how would you spend your time? What things do you keep gravitating to? What activities/ideas did you enjoy doing as a child but were told not to do them?
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Until next time, BE INSPIRED!