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How do I find my true calling?



How do I find my true calling?

Have you ever wondered why you have a longing to be more accomplished, happy, and self-assured? Why you have unique gifts, talents, and attributes? And why you have a burning desire to make a difference in the world?

You do because you were born to live a life of purpose and passion. You are destined to be great and to enrich your life. You were born to shine, to be all you dream of becoming. You have an extraordinary mission in life: to improve your quality of life as well as others’ in your circles of influence.

How do I find my true calling?

But before you can come to know your life’s calling, you need to realize who you really are. Take a moment to ask yourself, “Who am I?” Your name or profession may come to mind, but that’s not who you really are.You are of divine nature, infinite wisdom, and individual worth. You were created to create a life of purpose.

You are magnificence in the truest form, right now, just as you are! You’re much more than your physical body—that’s only a part of you. The larger part of you is your spirit—your true essence—which glows softly from within, which is your higher self. It consists of life-giving energy, pure love, divine gifts, and inimitable talents. Your radiant essence is the core of which you really are.

You are, without exception, glorious!

When you feel peaceful and self-assured, joyful, charitable, and fervent about life, and when you have a burning desire to go after your dreams until accomplished, that is the real you shining through—your true self. It’s your intuitive nature, the basis of your enthusiasm for life, and what gives you hope for the best even when you’re down. It’s what inspires you to create and accomplish goals and believe in your ability to succeed. Your higher self is a source of greatness and immeasurable power—it’s what spurs you to want to find and fulfill your purpose in life.

You may not have known until now just how remarkable you are, but it’s true, you are incredible! You are a creator, a gift to the world!

As you go about your day hustling to check off your to-do list or have negative self-talk, it’s easy to forget just how powerful you actually are. This inhibits you from finding yourtrue calling in life. It’s easy to fail to recognize or feel your brilliant essence within when you’re overworked, stressed, and tired; but once you make a conscious effort to quiet your mind by letting go of negative or worrisome thoughts and beliefs, you will then be able to wind down and feel peaceful, which is when you are able to connect with your truth within.

You may be asking yourself, “I feel a yearning to fulfill my destiny, but how do I find my life’s calling?”

To find your calling in life is to connect with your true self—your spirit within—where all the answers and infinite possibilities reside. Being in harmony with your authentic self and releasing self-doubt allows the mind to quiet and your inner power and wisdom to rise to your acknowledgment and understanding.

It’s when limiting thoughts and beliefs are released and cleared that you are able to be balanced and in harmony with your spiritual self, which awakens the heart and mind to that of your calling in life. And once that happens, desire, determination, and perseverance become a mindset, creating synergy and momentum to fulfill your life’s calling.

As you shift to that of living authentically, your inner power will begin to rise, and anxious or confusing energy will disappear. In so doing, your intuition increases, which will enable you to feel and comprehend what your true calling is.

You need to take action.

It’s not enough to know your calling in life; you need to take action both mentally and physically. It is also necessary to make a connection with your body. Resolve to honor your body so you will have the energy, clarity, and motivation to take inspired action to fulfill your life’s mission. If you eat processed food, fail to exercise, or have a pessimistic mindset, you won’t be able to hone in on your life’s purpose and will fall prey to feeling tired, lackadaisical, and weak minded—and that’s what will keep you from accomplishing your calling in life. Health, well being, spirituality, and inspiration are directly correlated—thus it is imperative to be well-balanced.

The body and mind are one. So, if you neglect your body or have negative self-talk, you will ward off any attempt of your higher self quietly communicating through your intuition and receiving divine inspiration of what is required to fulfill your lifework.

When you change your physiology by being active and exercising regularly, you change psychologically, which will balance your body, mind, and spirit. When you are spry and healthy, you will be able to think clearly and intentionally, which will attract people, places, and things into your life that are needed to thrive living your purpose. That’s when synchronicity becomes constant in your life and tender mercies are evident. You will soon discover that there are no accidents and that everything happens for a reason. Being mentally and physically in shape will empower you to reach for new heights and will increase your desire to help, uplift, and assist others.

Give generously.

Havea mindset of giving and a spirit of charity at all times. When you are in the energy of giving of your time, resources, and talents, you are sending out powerful vibrations of “plenty” to the universe which will attract much, much more to you. When you are stingy or give unwillingly, your dominant vibration is of lack and poverty, which will ultimately attract more of that same energy to you. You can’t live your life calling if you have a “lack” mentality— it goes against all that you are and the universal laws. Doing so will keep you from being spiritually grounded and intuitive, which will keep you from connecting with your true calling.

You can more fully come to recognize and understand your life’s calling by doing the following on a regular basis:

  1. Be prayerful, and quiet your mind through daily meditation. This will allow for a spiritual awakening. Give your attention of thought inwardly. This will open the portal to have the intuitive knowing. Meditation is an integral aspect of becoming spiritually grounded to unite with the essence of your true calling. The more you practice meditating—without judgment and by releasing limiting beliefs—the more you will be in harmony with your higher self and what your life’s calling entails. You will be in a purposeful mindset and will be inspired to take action daily to bring your destiny to fruition.
  2. As your spiritual awareness strengthens, your ego will diminish and your innate knowing will become your natural mindset—that is when your intuition and divine inspiration will go into high-gear, guiding and directing you along your life’s path. Living spiritually aware will open the way to a greater, more meaningful and rewarding way of life.
  3. Visualize success often. Write down with detail that which you feel inspired to do. Your mind requires a visual roadmap to achieve that which is required to live vibrantly and purposefully. Listen to your inner voice as you experience spiritual awakening. What is it calling you to do? Write down the feeling and impressions you receive; they are loving gifts from above. Know that you never walk alone and that heavenly hosts and universal forces are working together for your good. The more in tune you are with your calling and keep your commitments to yourself, the stronger your vibrational energy is that you radiate, which attracts back to you that on which you are focused.
  4. Live passionately and recognize the tender mercies in your life with thankfulness. The more you live in harmony with your higher self and live avidly, the more you see and appreciate the miraculous synchronicity in your life. Be mindful of the tender mercies that show up in your life. Cultivate an attitude of gratefulness, and look for what you want to see. The more you live in the energy of gratitude, the more you will see the hand of God in your life. Acknowledge with gratitude the little things that go right for you or when a solution is presented to a problem. This will rewire the neuropathways in your mind to be in harmony with your spirit and to create your meaningful life’s path before you.
  5. Keep a Success Journal. Each evening write down three to five things you were grateful for that day and what you accomplished. As you go to bed, visualize yourself relishing successfully as you live your life’s purpose. Upon waking, visualize with gratitude of having a miraculous day.

Living from your higher self, being spiritually intuitive, having a positive mindset, and keeping the spirit of charity and gratitude in your heart will help you to find your true calling in life. This will enable you to live a more meaningful, joyful, fulfilling, and abundant way of life. All of which is meant for you!

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Can You Receive A Compliment Without It Getting To Your Head?



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Receiving compliments gracefully isn’t as easy as it should be for some people. How about you: are YOU ready for someone to give you a pat on the back? To be pushed to doing more? To have someone give you a supporting hand? To be picked up when you fall down?

Sure, we may think that’s what we want. But is it what we need to develop, to grow, and to get better?

If someone complimented you on every little improvement you made while learning a new skill, would you not start to feel a bit marginalized? That perhaps they didn’t really think you could do it? What about when you do something that seems pretty easy and everyone made it into a big deal?


Receiving Compliments When You Are Not Ready For It

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

Developing new skills is never free of trouble. We all know the level of foundation that must be built to get from being a novice, before reaching greatness. In the learning process, we all know when we are in that frustrating stage of not being quite as good – but we know what we have to do to get there.

It’s in these moments that receiving compliments on your every action could minimize your efforts. That’s because if they truly knew you, people would be holding out for when you make that big, defining leap. 

As we overcome hurdles in our learning and development, friends, family members, and colleagues will know when the time is right to provide encouragement. They know that when that moment comes, those words will have the right amount of impact on you.

Think back to when you were growing up, playing some elaborate game. Perhaps you spent hours creating this game: building a fort, putting together things that the rest of your characters in the play could use. You pushed through despite the trials and problems.

It would have served absolutely no purpose for someone to congratulate you on every step (and misstep) along the way.  You would have lost your flow as you worked through the problem, constantly being interrupted – all while you were still trying to figure it out and understand where you needed to go.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments


When Receiving Compliments Makes You Content with Present Achievements

You might never have finished if someone patted you on the back early in that moment, content in the knowledge that you “thought up” the idea and that was enough. If everyone was saying you did great simply for thinking up something new, would it have compelled you to stop?

Maybe. Perhaps you would have stopped with that compliment.

As a parent, you learn when to encourage your children. Usually, it’s not when they show up, and not when they do what kids around them are able to do as well. It’s when they push themselves to do more. When they pick themselves up and still lose, when they try something new for the first time, fall over and fail, not sure if they should do it again.

Those are the moments when kids should be receiving compliments – NOT when they have done the same thing over and over again, or when they didn’t try their best but won anyways.

Kids know this. They can feel it when people give false compliments or encouragement because they did something they’ve always done. But when it is something meaningful, something they have worked hard for, they know the encouragement will be there to help them.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

The reason you might not be receiving compliments or encouragement when you want to is because you haven’t earned them or don’t deserve them yet.

Maybe your coaches, leaders, parents, or other people who support you know you are not ready for it. Perhaps they need to see you making that next big leap in your growth and development.

Those compliments might not come today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. But look at those around you – the great people you have chosen to surround yourself with – and you’ll see that they are waiting to give you that push. They are waiting for you to make it happen.

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3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart




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I truly believe that dreams must extend beyond wishes of self-improvement; that its goal should be to contribute to the world around you.

The heart is a fickle thing. Imagine how many amazing things wouldn’t have been accomplished if great minds simply stopped when they “didn’t feel like it”.

It’s human nature. I’m sure that during the course of over 300 bank rejections, Walt Disney had days when he felt like giving up. But he didn’t. He kept going. Why? It was because his dream went far beyond himself.

Here’s how YOU can keep going – even if it feels like your dreams are falling apart.


3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

1.) Remember The “Why”

Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

Often times, I find that dreams extend far beyond the simple purpose of making one happy. For example, being a songwriter in and of itself does not make me feel happy and fulfilled. Imagine if my life’s work was to write songs that no one would ever hear. That doesn’t elicit any feelings of happiness or fulfillment (at least to me).

Seeing and hearing the healing effects that come from the songs I create for others to hear? Now you’re talking. Healing and helping others is the part of my dream that keeps it alive. It gives me purpose in this world that goes far beyond myself and my skills.

I’m reminded of the character Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Scrooge’s goal in life was to have money – and lots of it. He set aside love and relationships for that dream. The result of this life goal was a lonely, cold, bitter old man.

I won’t ruin the whole story for the very few of you that may not have heard it. In the end, Scrooge discovered that what brought him fulfillment and happiness were community and generosity.

So what is the “why” to your dream? How is your dream going to affect those around you? Get beyond yourself. As many have said, YOU are your biggest obstacle to success.


2.) Take Off The Rose-Colored Glasses

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You know what I’m talking about. The “I’m going to make it big” and “I’m going to famous/rich/etc.” I hate to take a pointy realistic needle to your big ideas, but I’m doing it out of love. Here it is:

Your dream isn’t going to look exactly how you pictured it.

Take a minute to take that one in. Still here? Yes. Alive? Yes. Not Bleeding? No? Hurt a bit?

It’s OK. I know. I’ve been there. Dreams are vulnerable. We spend countless hours imagining what it would be like and how we will get there. But the truth is, in my experience, they have never turned out exactly how I have imagined. Why? We live in a world of people and circumstances that we can’t control.

Here is where the “why” comes in. The beautiful thing is that your works are a direct result of your heart’s intention…and what you put out into the world never comes back void. Here’s an example:

As a singer-songwriter, the common idea of making it big for my line of work is to have a hit song or perform in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden (I’m more inclined towards Red Rock Amphitheatre, but you get the picture).

Let’s say that I work and strive tirelessly to do everything I need to do to reach that goal. I release a song, I tour around the US, develop a large following, get on the radio, etc. Along the way, I hear stories of how this song has impacted the people who have heard it. Stories describing how it brought healing, encouragement, and hope.

To go further, what if I never even make it that far? What if circumstances happen and I can’t tour? What if everything “falls apart”? What if I end up playing at open mics for the rest of my life? What if it doesn’t happen in the next year? Two years?

Does that change the fact that my song helped heal and open the heart of a broken and depressed Vietnam Vet? Or how it helped encourage an author to keep going and writing? Or how my song started a conversation on how to look past the labels overshadowing soldiers and their families?

It’s all about your perspective of success, my friend. To me, because my “why” and my heart’s intention are to help people, those stories above are my version of success. It’s what keeps me going. If I get to Madison Square Garden (or Red Rocks), well that’s just icing on top of the cake.

Keep going on your dream. Make a plan, and in the words of .38 Special, “Hold on loosely, but don’t let go.” Roll with the punches and understand that even greater things can come when things don’t go according to your plan.


3.) Make Your Dream Your Job

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No, I don’t mean quit your job and have no income while you work on your dream. That’s an entirely different article (and completely up to you). I’m talking about treating your dream like it is your job.

For example, if you completely failed at a presentation at work, would you just quit and not go the next day? No! You have a livelihood and an expectation to show up. So why quit on your dream at the first sign of failure?

Treat your dream like your job. Make a plan, show up every day, and understand that it may take a while to see any results. I know many songwriters who wrote hundreds of songs before they wrote a hit. However, they never would have reached it if they didn’t take that first step, made a commitment, and wrote 100 songs first.

Dreams don’t just happen. They take work. So go get started!

My best advice under this theme is check out the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It is by far the best resource I have discovered in my journey of living out my dream.

Here’s the deal. With every goal that I have set and achieved, I never sat at the end and thought to myself, “man, look at what I did”. Believe it or not, I was more overwhelmed with the thoughts of the journey that I had to take to get there – the good and the bad.

I would admire and laugh at the unexpected things that came. I would smile and enjoy the character it built, the person that I became in the process. In the end, the best thing about dreams and goals isn’t their achievement, but the journey that you take to get there.

Never forget that the dream in your heart was put there for a reason. You were made to make an impact on this world.

Enjoy the journey and never, ever give up. Keep going.

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