I was recently asked: ‘How do I find my calling?’
If you don’t know what your calling is...it is your life’s work. What you really want your life to be about. It basically comes down to what you care about and the real difference you want to make.
In essence, finding your calling means aligning your goals and your work to who you really are - to your personal interests, your values, your passions... In practice, it is an ongoing work in progress. It is not somewhere you get to. It is something you grow into.
Living your calling can seem pretty unattainable. Getting up in the morning and to work is often hard enough. So calling becomes this distant thing you will get to... someday.
To change that, here are some practical ways to bring it closer to real life - without completely changing your career or working for an NGO.
1. Redefine Success: Often we loose ourselves in the chase for success. So start taking the time to hear...
Is work for you just a way to pay the bills? A climb up the ladder to more money, power and status? Or is it about fulfilment and making a positive difference?
Traditionally, work for most people has been mainly about two things.
The first, a means to an end to make money to live and support loved ones. There it doesn’t really matter what the job is about. What is important is that it pays. Success here is mainly about safety. Making sure you have a roof over your head. That you can eat and pay for the essentials. And if possible have enough extra money to go on vacation.
The second is a career. Here what is important is climbing the ladder to the top. The main motivation is getting the next promotion - so that you can get higher up the hierarchy. The idea is that success is all about status and power. The focus is to have a ‘good career’. And the holy grail is to become the boss and have a good standing in society. Then you have ‘made...
My overall mission is to support the creating of a sustainable world in which we can all flourish.
Sometimes it feels like a bit of a hopeless cause - especially at the moment with what is going on in the world. That is why I constantly explore what it means in practice - in my everyday.
I contribute by catalysing new conscious leaders that care about planet, people, profit and progress. I help them succeed in their quest for meaning and positive impact.
A new way that I am exploring is by strengthening my relationship to the planet itself. I live in the mountains in beautiful Switzerland. So nature is already a big part of my life. It takes the form of beautiful views, hikes, hot springs, skiing, swimming in the lakes.
But I want to go deeper into that relationship. And so I am starting a new practice. It will help me to align with the creative rhythm of the planet. Sustainability involves understanding how the planet creates, births and regenerates. It is constantly...
I love the word to craft. I prefer it to just create or find. I like its depth and its multiple layers. It reflects the different levels we must travel to find our ideal work.
Craft in its essence is about making things.
'To Craft' reminds us that we are here to make something. Applied to our work, it gives depth. A job becomes not just about making money but about how we leave our mark. It reflects back to us that our work makes the world we live in.
'What are you making today through your work?'
Craft is about special skill.
When you are looking for the work you are really here to do, that is what you are looking for. What is that special skill or thing that only you can do? There is only one of you. You are a unique combination of genes, experiences, knowledge, skills and potential. There is nobody else exactly like you.
You might have lots of insecurities...
Many people ask me: ‘How do I find who I really am and what I am here to do?'
I tell them that it is not something you have to find. It is something you simply need to remember. You see you used to play at it when you were a child…
What did you used to play at as a child?
So take a journey with me…go back in time... reflect back for a moment to you as a child...
What did you used to love to play at? Not just when you were fitting in, but when you got to choose. Did you used to play with others? Did you prefer to be alone? What did you love most?
I used to play 3 games: Magic Potions, Saving The World, and Mirror Speaking.
Magic Potions meant taking my dolls to this secret place in my grandmother’s garden so that they could rest and take time for themselves. There I would feed them strange mixtures of violet water, pine needles and gravel to make them feel happier.
Saving The World involved my bike. I would peddle as hard as I could, guiding people...
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