By Njeri Muchunu
Are you wandering around aimlessly in your life or are you living a purposeful life?
For most of my life, I just lived without giving much thought to what the purpose of living was. However, twelve (12) years ago, I started to ponder what the purpose of my life was. I had just lost a job that I loved, friends that I thought I had (clearly, I was wrong), trying to get out of an extremely toxic relationship and everything seemed to have fallen apart. My world had been turned upside down. For some reason, it all seemed to have happened in a split second. I felt a void as I pondered. I’d spent over a quarter of my life jumping from one job to another, one thing to the next, one qualification to the next. These things filled my life and my time and I never quite had the opportunity to sit back and reflect.
I went from having a full-time job to being unemployed, having many friends to questioning who my true friends were; or even if I had friends at all and on and on. Is how life is supposed to pan out, I questioned?
It was during this season that I made a decision to find out what my calling in life was. Arriving at “this is who I am and this is what I am here to do” didn’t happen right away. It took days, months, years of tossing and turning in bed at night wondering what was wrong with my meticulously-planned life and how I was going to fix it. It was then that I realized that I needed to call upon my Maker for help because I really and truly had no one else. He was the only one who could fix me. I was broken and when a thing is broken you take it back to its manufacturer for fixing.
Your calling is very hard to discover. It would be much easier if our lives came with a manual that clearly showed us what our passions and talents are and with instructions on what to do with them. The harsh reality is that is doesn’t and so many of us end up settling for a life that really doesn’t fulfill us.
Like you, I thought I could figure this one out all on my own. After all, I am in control of my life – or so I thought. How wrong was I? It turned out that having the one-on-one support of a Coach to see what you don’t, call you out on beliefs that don’t serve you, and push you to outdream your own dreams is exactly what I needed to step off the path of obligation – the path of should’s – and start floating through the world of my God-given gifts that would take me where God was sending me – my assignment – where I would play my part in making the world a better place.
You have to do the work. You have to dig deep. You have to be willing to unpack yourself – even those hidden-away parts that you thought you never wanted to see again. It can get uncomfortable, very very uncomfortable, but I assure you that you will feel so free once you clean out a part of your house you’ve neglected for all your life. You will have a new heart and a new life. Having a coach ask you the right questions, challenge your thinking and at the same time make you feel safe allows you to Stand in Your Truth. This then allows you to decide, consciously, to step into something bigger than yourself.
I believe everyone has a calling. The answer is within you. Your role is to step out, make the necessary sacrifices and decide that this aspiration is worth all of you. Follow your heart and be open to the possibilities in your own life.
No matter how it may feel to start the journey, the world needs you. The world also needs you to be YOU. It needs your talent and gifts in the way only you can share them. It’s your duty to show up, do the work and live your God-given Truth.
As a leader, if would like to find your calling, I am the person you need. I will take you on a journey of rediscovering yourself, your dreams and what truly makes your heart beat. You will be transformed from a leader and influencer into an agent of change. Reach out to us and we will be more than happy to walk this journey with you.
The author is a leadership curator