Here’s a photo I took earlier this week, how beautiful the moon is. How bright it shines!
Imagine doing what you love, doing what you feel called to do in life, living your life purpose and calling. It would be like landing on the moon!
Life IS a journey.
Are you living YOUR life purpose?
Many of us have known since being a youngster what we wanted to do and become.
Often we are most influenced by those around us. Shaped by our environments. Perhaps we modeled after our parents and did or do what they did, or maybe we headed off in a different direction or pursued similar paths. The question is…Did we actually pursue OUR true north and become who WE wanted or want to be?
For some, the answer to this call comes even later in life beyond high school.
On your journey this far you have likely found mentors, teachers and people to learn from. Getting in close proximity and around your mentors is important whenever possible. Gravitating toward those who we admire because they possess the humanity, experience, qualities, skills, attributes wisdom, heart and greatness and excellence that we aspire to bring forth also.
What will your journey be?
The First Step…#1
Deciding What You Want – Is Often Easier Said Than Done!
So many options, so many different paths to travel how do you decide?
- Listen to your heart.
- Saying NO.
- Faith praying for discernment and listening.
- Passions and Interest.
- Long term growth opportunities.
One of the movies that comes to mind is “Runaway Bride” with Julia Roberts. She leaves to discover how she really likes her eggs cooked. Scrambled, poached, over medium etc. Everyone around her has their idea’s for her and until she breaks away she cannot choose for herself. She needs to figure out how she likes her eggs and not live in other people’s shadow.
Part of deciding what you want in life, is learning to say NO. Learning more about what you do want and letting go of what you don’t want. Even at the cost of upsetting someone. Even if they think you are being arrogant because you are perhaps not doing something their way, or doing what they want you to do or how they want you to do it. Pursuing your passion, calling and life purpose is your decision.
The important thing in life is that you do what you feel in your heart called to do and even if it comes to you later in life. I would rather look back and say I am glad I did that, pursuing what I love, doing what I feel called to do, than live a life regretting never having done it!
A strategy session with a mentor and or coach can also help you with getting clear, having clarity with your purpose, passions, goals and career. The older we get, we realize time is even more precious and the decisions we do make need to be the right ones, leaving less or no time for do-overs. Naturally once you find a great mentor and coach you’ll likely want to continue the relationship!
The Second Step…#2
- Interviewing people that are doing what you want to do.
- Shadowing, spending time observing and working closely with those who are doing what you want to do.
- Asking questions, learning and growing being open minded and having a great attitude.
Anytime we can gain experience learning from those who are doing what we aspire to do is valuable. Gaining hands on experience and learning from the best is important.
Before I started a career in travel and tourism many years ago, in high school I went to work in a travel agency to gain some work experience and later pursued a youth training scheme allowing me to gain some hands on experience before completing a two year program in vocational college. It gave me a sample, of what I thought I’d like to do. I loved the opportunity to travel and experience different and diverse cultures, learning lots about different places and people. It also provided me with ideas for the future, places I’d like to visit and one day live.
Over Medium, Scrambled, How Do You Like Your Eggs?
A simple metaphor perhaps yet often we find ourselves being influenced by what other people desire for us and then becoming what other people desire for us as if their ideals for our life matter more than our own. Maturity and silence often help to figure these things out and prayer. Listening to our heart and soul. Gaining feedback from those who matter to us in life and researching and finding out what it is we have the most interest in. Sometimes by answering our true north, it may mean disappointing other people because we have chosen to follow what is true for us, rather than be or do what they desire for us. As a child I recall creating text books and teaching kids in my Dads garage. My Dad was a teacher and a social worker. As a teen, I recall reading books on travel and the military and journalism. I also had a very strong desire to learn more about human behavior. I wanted to become a Psychologist and would have I believe had I have had the educational opportunities as a young adult to do that. The truth is, I always wanted to become a Doctor. Whilst I enjoyed teaching the kids in my Dads garage and enjoy teaching what I really feel called to do is healing. At 44 I have finally realized I am called to be a healer. The point of all of this is that sometimes we don’t know who we really are until we experience life, until we truly sit with silence and meditate and pray and ask and listen for guidance. Sometimes our career path is what is has been because of our education or lack there of. The value of education is so important. Life experience and book smarts and college. Depending on what you feel called to do, what your true north is. Understanding and knowing what you want to do and going after it is about having courage indeed, a quiet confidence and perseverance and not arrogance.
Your Journey To The Moon
The Third Step…#3
- Do your research.
- Explore different options.
- Evaluate how much time will be involved learning and studying.
- Make a decision and a commitment.
Your past may be what it is, because of educational opportunities, maybe you fell into certain career paths because you couldn’t do what you really wanted to do without the education. Just because you can do something or were successful in a particular field does not mean you want to pursue it further, it wasn’t your true north.
Education of all kinds is important you can’t run off and become a surgeon without going to med school for example.
The type of education you need all depends on what you want to do, who you want to become!
What would you need to know and learn and experience in order to fulfill your calling? Who could you interview, gain feedback from or learn more from about your purpose?
What is it you feel called to do? What is your true north?
What will your journey to the moon be like?
I can’t wait to learn more about you and your journey! How do you like your eggs?
Love, Serve, Lead, Make a Difference, Leave a Legacy!
Share your comments below and tell me what you think and feel is your life’s calling, purpose and true north? What does your journey to the moon look like? What do you think?
“The Whole of The Moon” – By The Waterboys! Click below to watch and listen!
Janet I Mueller is the author of her forthcoming book “The Blossoming – A Leaders Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential” and “A Champion’s Guide To Thriving Beyond Breast Cancer. She is a mentor for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, and recognized as a woman of outstanding leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association. She is a parent educator, writer, coach and speaker. She helps her clients and audience inspiring and instructing helping them to become the best leaders they can be through personal growth and development and servant leadership http://janetimueller.com