You stand at the edge.
Uncomfortable energy coiled in your belly.
You’ve arrived at the place where you know you’re not willing to settle.
Not willing to settle for work that used to be satisfying yet now feels spent.
Even though the money is good. Even though everyone else thinks you’re living the dream.
I’ve been on this edge myself. Holding on by fingernails until my health and the Universe pushed me out of a career comfort zone.
I lived – and landed with certainty in my own calling.
From my own leaps, plus 28-years guiding professionals to make their leap from career to calling, here are five sure signs that you’re ripe to find your calling:
You’ve avoided the truth. Numbed out. Not wanted to feel the discontent. Ignored the part of you whispering that there’s something more you came here to do – a difference you were made to make.
You’ve been afraid. That your readiness for change will risk everything you’ve invested and built.
2) Anger & Doubt
You’ve lashed out in blame or self-criticism. And questioned yourself. “Maybe I’m being idealistic.” “It’s too late.” “Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?”
Yet it’s impossible to imagine not making a change. Something deep in you isn’t willing to settle for a comfortable life of regret.
Plus you’re clearer than ever about what you don’t want. Crystal clear.
4) Escape Plans
Action. You’ve either taken steps or explored them. Made a lateral job change. Bought a book. Taken an assessment. Explored ideas for your own business.
Yet, even admitting there’s no aliveness in the old work path, there’s still a problem. You don’t have clarity about a more passionate next career path.
You have ideas. Even some you like, but nothing truly compelling.
So it feels like a kind of limbo – a place I call “Between-Dreams.”
I realize these signs may not feel like progress…
Lost perhaps. But progress? Readiness?
As signs of one chapter ending, they’re harbingers for your vital next chapter. Confirmation this is more than a job change. Progress in a process of completion. And grieving – letting go of a dream you’ve outgrown.
And they are markers that you’ve come to a threshold of growth – a doorway for the quest to discover your calling. As Joseph Campbell said:
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
Endings precede new beginnings. And until we get to the point of admitting our old path is not longer enough, we’re not ready to even begin the real discovery quest for what’s next.
Beyond an ending, no one tells us that there is always a gap between an ending and the new beginning. The important time “between-dreams.” The period of growth and renewal that leads into exciting new clarity and purpose.
So acknowledge your progress.
- Celebrate the courage it’s taken you to arrive at this edge.
- Make a list of your current clarity about “What you don’t want.” (You’ll be surprised how much energy and strength there is in this.)
- Be kind to the part of you that’s freaking out. Knowing it’s time to find the new thing often doesn’t mean it’s time to quit your current job. Sometime that can become a perfect launchpad for figuring out what’s next.
And step toward discovery.
- Declare your readiness – in writing even.
- Do whatever spiritual or personal practices center you and bring you fully into the present. Consciously open yourself to discovery, to support, to guidance.
- Actively seek support and resources. Talk to someone you respect who’s successfully navigated a career reinvention. Find a coach who knows the reinvention territory. Seek out other smart and creative people who are also ready for a change – because there’s affirmation in community.
The fulfilling work that you’d gladly make a leap for – is calling.
The Value of a Map
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