#090: How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast]

What keeps you going when the going gets tough … when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode.

Discern Your Calling

But I’m not alone. Tough times are inevitable for each of us. If you aren’t clear about your calling, you will cave in and quit. This is why it is so important to understand what it is.

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Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work

Matt Perman is the former director of strategy at Desiring God and is now an author, consultant, and speaker on productivity and leadership from a faith-based perspective. He is the author of the recently released What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. He blogs What’s Best Next and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Executives who do not ask themselves, ‘What can I contribute?’ are not only likely to be aiming too low, they are likely to aim at the wrong things.

— Peter Drucker

How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?

Winter Landscape in the Matterhorn

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This is where we enter the realm of goals.

Change Your Life with These Two Words

Mary DeMuth is the author of sixteen books, including her latest Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse. She’s spoken around the nation and the world about how we can discover and live an uncaged, freedom-infused life. She lives in Texas with her family. Check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

My word for 2014 is focus. I chose to focus on only three tasks in 2014—releasing a sexual abuse recovery book, beginning the Uncaged Podcast (still in the works), and ramping up my speaking.

Focus on the Positive

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Even with focus, I’ve run into a wall—and it looks oddly like myself. In the midst of launching a highly vulnerable book, I’ve invited the naysayers, and they’ve robbed me of productivity and joy.

3 Forces That Shape Character

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.

Character and the Potter’s Wheel

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In helping people build their platforms, I often meet individuals whose public image is better developed than their personal character. They are one person on stage and another when the spotlight is off. It is this fundamental lack of integrity that undermines their effectiveness and, left unchecked, can destroy their legacy.

How to Find More Breathing Room

Instead of posting a new episode of my podcast today, I want to encourage you to listen to Andy Stanley’s recent podcast series, Breathing Room. I just finished listening to it yesterday and knew I had to share it with you.

Blue Room with An Open Door

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Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath? Do you run from one activity to the next without any margin? Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and close to burnout? If so, this series is exactly what the doctor ordered.

In a Commencement Address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said,

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Ric Elias was a passenger on flight 1579, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? In this short five-minute speech, he shares how facing his own death gave him a new perspective on life. It’s well worth watching. (Thanks to Darrell Vesterfelt at the Storyline Blog for sharing this.)

Michael Jordan Quote

What If You Could Get Paid Doing What You Love?

Perhaps you think you can’t do work you love and get paid for it. That’s what I used to think, too. Until someone showed me how to do both.

I had always had a desire to have a great impact through speaking and writing. I just couldn’t figure out how to get paid for it—at least not enough to make a living.

How the Placebo Effect Can Tank or Torpedo Your Career Dreams

This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

I’m guessing most people have heard of the Placebo Effect. A doctor tells a patient this little pill is going to help cure whatever ails her. But the pill is no medicine at all. It is a sugar pill. The unknowing patient believes she’s going to get better, so she does. It is the positive expectation that creates the cure.

Placebo

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Have you ever thought about what power a placebo really has? The Placebo Effect is not some imaginary thing. A real chemical change happens within a person’s body after taking a sugar pill (or receiving a saline injection, sham procedure, etc.) because the person believes in the medicinal quality.

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