How to Follow Your Calling During Difficult Times
I always find that Sunday morning is good for self-reflection. Everyone else is sleeping in bit and I get some quiet time with the dogs. I find some of my best thinking is done over a cup of coffee, with a journal by my side. It's a time for for self-reflection, to think about the past week and ask if there is anything I can do better.
This past month or so has been a bit more trying than usual and it's caused me to have to weave and dodge while I try to stay the course.
You know what it’s like. Sometimes life throws you a curveball, usually when you’re least expecting it. Things are chugging along nicely, your job is good, you’re happy, you’ve found your calling and life is good! But then maybe you lose your job, you get sick, or a family member gets sick. Something happens that’s out of your control, and you’re suddenly struggling to find your way.
How do you keep following your calling when you’re finding it hard just keeping things together? There are three simple things you can do to take back control of your life, stay afloat and not lose touch with your life purpose.
Take some time to analyze all the activities that are taking your time and energy. Eliminate as many things as possible that are energy sappers, or that don’t honor your calling. If there’s something in your life that feels like an obligation or is something you dread, don’t do it!
Focus on the crucial things, the things that you must do, and then the things you want to do. Keep focused on your calling; it shouldn’t be a luxury or an obligation.
If you’re having a tough time, it’s imperative that you don’t give up your power. And your power lies in how you respond to situations. Take some time to notice how you’re feeling; what emotions are coming up. Acknowledge them. You’ll likely feel angry, hurt, even scared. And that’s natural and a normal response to stress. But you don’t have to stay there.
You can choose to feel helpless or vulnerable. To lash out and blame others for your situation. Or you can decide how you will react. What attitude will you choose to take? Look outside yourself and see how the way you respond and behave will influence your friends, family, and colleagues. Will you be an inspiration and a helper, or a doomsayer and energy vampire?
Choose to tune in to what makes you happy
Choosing to be happy in the face of adversity is not irresponsible or foolish. It is part of taking control of the situation and choosing not to be crushed by it.
Keep your energy high and make space for the things that make you happy. Studies have shown that having a life purpose can help you deal better with stress and increase your resilience. So your calling should be front and center, no matter what else is happening in your life.Got Purpose? Discover LVJ's The Purpose Project - a journaling toolkit to help you live a life defined by purpose, passion and power!