Living an intentional life shifts the lens in which you see the world, your world. You get to a place of letting go. You trust the process in knowing that somehow, when looking back, the dots will align.
The failures, the struggles and the hardships you find yourself in are all part of your story. Traveling a journey of intentional self growth you come to accept that there will be dark times while also knowing that the light shines brighter on the other side.
It’s up to you, however, to let your life speak. It’s up to you to listen, to lean into your fears that cast over you. To find the courage in pushing through them.
The Art of Work
That’s the premise of The Art of Work, by Jeff Goins. To trust the process even during the times when you feel like all of life is against you.
For me, two years ago, I felt like I was trapped between a hard place and a rock. As if life was pointing at me laughing, watching me suffer through this dark season. I wasn’t looking to fix it. I wasn’t looking for courage in pushing through it.
Instead, I was looking outside of myself wanting to place blame. I was looking for someone else, or something else, to help me escape this feeling of failure and shame.
At that time, I was confused. I didn’t know who I was or what my purpose was. The facade I had built around me giving off the impression of who I thought I wanted to be was cracking. Failure was the end for me.
Until I realized one thing; all the moments where I was allowing my ego to feed off of my anger and frustration from the pain I felt, becoming the person I didn’t want to become, were all moments of my life.
I was suffocating the very moments I needed to cherish the most. The moments where my life was being lived.
Sometimes all the little things in life aren’t interruptions to our calling. They are the most important part. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” John Lennon wrote to his son, Sean… Life has a funny way of teaching us that sometimes the most important stuff is the ordinary stuff. The smallest moments, the ones we think are insignificant, are the ones we will cherish the most. — Jeff Goins, The Art of Work
I also realized that the failure I was dwelling in was life’s whispers. I finally was coming around, finding the courage to listen. Not knowing what it was or where it would guide me, I followed it.
It led me to this project; writing, vulnerability, honesty. It led me on an exploration rediscovering part of who I always was. I became grateful for the very failure that had caused me such pain. It became my new beginning.
When we feel farthest from our purpose, we are actually already on the path, headed in the right direction. This means that when you are confused and failing, when all seems lost and you are just about to give up, you are closer to your destiny than you realize. The message of the pivot is that what looks like failure now is preparation for what’s to come, as long as you don’t give up. — Jeff Goins, The Art of Work
As Jeff takes you through The Art of Work, he talks about discovering your calling, or vocation. We all have a calling in life, this I wholeheartedly believe. In fact, I believe we all have just one calling.
Your calling is to listen to your life’s whispers.
Surrendering to your life’s whispers will guide you to your truth; rediscovering who you are. It’ll peel back the layers that have accumulated over the years hiding your true self and the self you are meant to become.
The whispers of your life communicates your purpose, your calling. Tweet this
Listen to your life. Pay attention to the feeling that churns deep in your soul. The feeling that arises when you think about an old dream or an interest that brought an abundance of joy to your old self.
Pay attention to resistance. The thicker your resistance appears, the louder your life is trying to speak to you.
A calling is more than a career; it is a life lived well. And the very things you try to avoid are what you need the most to make this story matter. I used to think that your calling was about doing something good in this world. Now I understand it’s about becoming someone good, and letting that goodness impact the world around you. — Jeff Goins, The Art of Work
Grasping what your calling might be isn’t a goal to be achieved, instead it’s something to become. Your calling is sharing your true self with the world and leaving a legacy that matters. It’s a life lived well.