What is YOUR true calling in life?

Written By | Personal Success | May 19th, 2009 | 29 Comments »

how to become a published authorSome of the most important questions that you ever ask yourself on your journey through life are questions such as, “Why am I here?” “What do I really, really want in life?” “Where am I going?” “If I achieve all my goals, what would it look like?”

The most successful people are invariably those people who spend the most time thinking about who they are and where they are going, and then constantly evaluating and re-evaluating their progress in light of who they are and what they really want.

The starting point of great success is for you to realize that you are truly extraordinary! There has never been anyone in the entire universe just like you. You have remarkable abilities, skills, aptitudes, insights and ideas that make you different, and in some way, superior to all other people who have ever lived. You have the capacity within you, right now, to accomplish more than you have ever dreamed of in the past. You are engineered and designed as “success organism,” endlessly attracted to doing more and more of the things that will bring you more and more of the success and happiness that you desire.

The great tragedy is that most people go through life and die with their music still in them. They react and respond to pressures and events, to parents and to bosses, to bills and responsibilities, and never take the time to sit down and think about what it is that they really want for themselves.

You were put on this earth to do something wonderful with your life. Your job is to find out what that wonderful thing is and then to throw your whole heart into doing it extremely well. Your life may have a single purpose, like that of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, or your life may have multiple, sequential purposes, one after the other as you evolve and grow and develop into a higher and better person.

In any case, the one common characteristic of the most successful men and women is clarity. They are absolutely clear about what they stand for and believe in, and where they are going. And you must achieve this clarity as well.

What is your “heart’s desire?” Your heart’s desire is defined as the one thing that you and you alone were put on this earth to do. It is that something special that you are uniquely suited to do in an excellent fashion. Your job throughout your life is to discover your heart’s desire. It is only then that you will be truly happy, completely successful and totally fulfilled. What is yours?

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  1. Kilanko Seun says on September 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm:

    What else do I expect from you, Brian other than a great piece like this. I have always said that to be great in life, you have to discover the gold mine in you(what you are best at) and then dedicate all your focus on mining it(developing it) and you will surely be on your way to success.

    Friends, check out my take on this at http://kilankooluwaseun.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/unlocking-your-potentials-1/

  2. nada says on August 14, 2009 at 7:22 am:

    i just wanted to ask one question sometimes when people are clear in their feeling the may hurt other ,, in this way what they do ??,not to be clear???/? and if most of the people becomes angry when the other is clear what they should do in this case really i dun know if to be clear and loss the other people or to hide my words and my feeling to keep in touch with them

  3. Baker says on June 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm:

    Wise words of wisdom, presented in this post. Most people don’t get to where they want to be, because they haven’t made a clear descion on what it is they want to be in the first place.

  4. Victoria Queen says on June 15, 2009 at 11:51 am:

    I love you Brian!

  5. Dennis says on June 15, 2009 at 11:41 am:

    You have really made good point hearts desire Thanks for posting :)

  6. Rose says on May 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm:

    This is the 2nd time today that I saw this kind of reference about one’s true calling so this time I decided to add a comment.

    I believe that I have found my true calling! You see I work from home doing grant research. I believe it is my calling for one thing because I love doing research and now the Internet has made it so much easier. Also too there is a lot of misconceptions and myths about grant programs and I wanted to show the REAL truth about them.

    Also ironically in these current economic times people should know that there are programs out there that may be able to help them.

    I enjoy doing this kind of research for clients and I do believe that it is my true calling!

  7. Penelope says on May 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm:

    Thank you Brian,
    for not only this reminder, but also for “Maximum Achievement”, my bible of reference that stays with me always, to which I refer constantly.

    This reminder about our true calling is yet another that keeps me pressing on towards my sometimes seemingly unattainable goal.
    After not seeing the signs [or being oblivious to them] for the most part of my life, for the last 8 years I have realised that becoming a Doctor is what I am here to do, and helping children is what I am meant to do.

    Whilst it is finally a relief knowing what my true calling is [at 40 years of age], now that we have a 6 month old daughter makes this task somewhat difficult to achieve. I will work through the challenges one at a time, and I will eventually get there, but I am very grateful to know what it is that I want. It is true that so many people go through life not knowing their calling, and I was one of those people for many years.

    I would like to thank you Brian for your commitment to others and for reminding us all of our importance in this big wide world.

    Good luck to those of you in your endeavours to find your true calling.

  8. Leigh-Ann Webster says on May 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm:

    “The great tragedy is that most people go through life and die with their music still in them. They react and respond to pressures and events, to parents and to bosses, to bills and responsibilities, and never take the time to sit down and think about what it is that they really want for themselves.”

    I love this paragraph in your post because it is a reminder that we should all take the time to sit down, reflect and write about what it is we truly desire in life.

    Companies spend hours and millions to develop a mission statement, yet we as individuals never take the time to develop our own mission statement. Having a “mission” is such an important part of success.

  9. Catherine says on May 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm:

    Fantastic article. I loved this statement “The starting point of great success is for you to realize that you are truly extraordinary! There has never been anyone in the entire universe just like you.” Thanks we all need a reminder sometimes!!

  10. Allan says on May 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm:

    My calling is to assist people in taking responsibility for their own lives. 100% responsibility. Ownership, if you will. I do this in my speaking, in my coaching and in my individual therapy sessions.

  11. Jim "Da Coach" Rohrbach says on May 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm:

    COACHING.

  12. Laura says on May 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm:

    I can totally relate to Greg’s eloquent post! I lack discipline and clarity. I want the Ah ha moment, but it eludes me…

  13. Pat says on May 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm:

    Great post Brian. I have personally found my passion to be personal development. I am a student of personal development and an entrepreneur in the field.

    It is incredibly fulfilling to assist others achieve their dreams. Definitely my “heart’s desire”.

  14. Greg Stevenson says on May 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm:

    I’ve never been a disciplined person. I wish I was. I’m sure if I had been I would have achieved a lot more than I have by now. I know the theory but have a hard time putting it into practice. I should have goals. I know they should be attainable, measurable, and time bound. When I actually do set goals I generally, but not always, achieve them. So let’s start the process of setting me a goal, a really cool goal that I really care about.

    So what do I really care about? Ummmm! See this is where it gets tricky, I have this tendency of letting my mind get away on me.

    Take for instance the thought that I would like a happy life, which quickly gets extended to wanting a happy life for my daughter, and once I start thinking about that, I want her offspring to have a happy life as well. Well she doesn’t have any children yet, so I don’t know them, and yet, I want them to be happy. Ok, so I want people I don’t even know to be happy, well, I don’t know most of the people in the world, so if I move on down the thought process, I perhaps want everyone in the world to be happy. Very quickly I have got to something that I want that is seemingly unattainable. I have seemingly broken the first rule of goal setting by finding something I want that is unattainable.

    I guess this is where you are supposed to break the thing down into manageable hunks and create some mini goals, which are attainable, that sets you off in the direction of your overall goal. I guess one could call that overall goal a mission or a vision.

    So my mission is for everyone to be happy for evermore?

    Well first things first I guess, we need hope that there will be a “for evermore” for people to be happy in. So I guess my mission could be to “save the world”; yeh! That will do, my mission is to save the world and my mini goal is to come up with a plan to do it.

    I can hear you saying hold on, that’s a complete waste of time. What ever you come up with will never work, much greater people than you have tried and thus far failed. What makes you think you can succeed where others have not?

    The answer is “I don’t know” but it’s my mission now so time to give it a go.

    Am I alone in this mission? Seemingly not, for a start I apparently have all the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant contestants wishing for world peace and determined to use their crowned stature to achieve it. I’m in good company. How common is this mission? If we look at what got me to my mission I would suspect it is very common. A huge proportion of the world population want to be happy and want their children to be happy. If we add in the constraint that this must be achieved in conjunction to adhering to one or other religious beliefs, this happiness desire is almost universal. Assuming everyone wants to be happy, by necessity we require a world to be happy in. Q.E.D. The world must be saved and its no less my responsibility to save it as yours.

  15. Maria Palma says on May 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm:

    Thank you so much for this inspiring post and all that you do! I’ve been following my heart’s desire for a few years now and I feel more alive than ever.

  16. David Rogers says on May 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm:

    I totally agree with the message of this post. I think the second paragraph should be highlighted, as this is where most miss out. We don’t all have an overwhelming passion, know clearly what we are good at. But by self reflection, asking questions and planning we can find out what we want – and keep heading there.

  17. Arden Compton says on May 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm:

    I appreciate the reminder. You didn’t teach me anything new, but I constantly need to be reminded about the truth of who I am. The pressures of the world around me pull me off purpose, so I appreciate the reminder!

  18. James says on May 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm:

    I really like the comment “success organism”. The rest of the should give hope to the rest of us that we are unique and strive to more.

  19. Karen says on May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm:

    It’s never too late to find this clarity. I love it when people have the “ah ha” and realize what they were meant to do. Sometimes, as was my case, someone else tells you, “Karen you were born to teach others.” Then the clarity happened.

  20. Johannes Fridenström says on May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm:

    Ive learnt The definition of “heart’s desire” Today. TY BT! :)

    “Your heart’s desire is defined as the one thing that you and you alone were put on this earth to do”

    PS clarity: im going to Stockholm, ericsson globe arena 9:th october Cu there :)

    regards Johannes

    twitter.com/fridenstrom

  21. Feng Yi says on May 20, 2009 at 10:15 am:

    “constantly evaluating and re-evaluating their progress in light of who they are and what they really want” <= I like this. I feel this strong resistance (lazyness?) towards doing the above but it made sense :). This is probably what it takes to be successful for which I’ll bear your words in mind and set myself thinking! Thanks!


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