Saturday, August 08, 2015

Are You Living Your Calling?

I have met many people who work hard from day to day, but never define and realize a dream. Too, I have met many people who espouse their visions and dreams, but never seem to wake up and actually sustain directed effort toward those.  When dreams are expressed with purpose, we no longer simply have a job or even a career.  We live a calling.

Are you living your calling?  Few questions are more important.

To find our dream and live it with purpose on a daily basis requires that we make and sustain positive changes.  But how do we become change agents in our own lives, as well as the lives of those that matter to us?  Important clues come from this recent Forbes article: we change from both top-down and bottom-up.  From top-down, we adopt a different perspective; redefine who we are and what we're meant to do.  From bottom-up, we turn that fresh perspective into a guide for daily actions.  

We change the viewing, and we change the doing.  By turning new directions into consistent actions, we internalize an expanded identity.  

Look at your daily planner; look at your trading journal:  do you see clear expression of a fresh perspective implemented via consistent actions?  All too often, the planner moves from task to task in unfocused fashion; the journal chronicles one trade and challenge after another with little cumulative relevance or impact.

Living your calling means becoming your own change agent.  Greatness is not to be found in grand visions or in daily actions, but in the ability to express positive directions through consistent, cumulative action.

Further Reading:

Becoming Your Own Psychologist

Foresight Without Vision