Oprah Says Everyone Has a Calling
When talking about success, Oprah Winfrey said "Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself."
So how do you do that?
When you were young, whether you knew it or not, your parents hard-coded you with a definition of success. This influence not only drives YOU to try to succeed in the way you have done but it may have prevented you from tapping into your greatest strengths and passion.
Your parent’s success norms were established from what was important to them, determined by the circumstances and experiences THEY knew to be true.
As we grow up, we seldom challenge these built-in assumptions or stop and reflect on what we are doing to redefine ‘what does success mean…to me’.
The result for many, is an ongoing internal battle; chasing somebody else’s idea of success, guilt-ridden, filled with negative self-talk, feeling stuck or unfulfilled.
Self-Discovery Takes Work
When working with new coaching clients, one of the first goal we tackle is to define ‘what does success look like for YOU'. We do this through a series of in-depth questions and two-way conversation.
Self-discovery to figure out ‘who you are and who you’re meant to be’ requires some work on your behalf. It takes thought-provoking introspection and genuine reflection about what success really means to you. My questions reveal many interesting insights.
While it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, you’ll soon reveal clues into what you are good at and where to begin for meaningful progress, best suited to the real you.
Definition of success, and the meaning YOU attribute to it, always differs from one person to another – your true success is made up of guiding principles (values), beliefs and desires. It is yours and yours alone to determine.
But it all starts with examining and getting to know yourself really well - reviewing, reflecting and observing all that you know about YOU! We draw it out and connect-the-dots for you.
If you are at the ready to dive in and create your own journey to success then this post is going to make it much easier for you!
We have created a personal discovery self-assessment tool to help you begin your journey. You simply print your own copy to write on (no email necessary).
But...you don't have to do this entirely alone if you don't want to! Reach out today if you'd like support from an objective coach.
Personal Discovery Assessment - Blueprint for Success©
I've listed the questions here so you can see them as well. For some people, the questions will be daunting to answer; there is no rush, take your time.
It’s perfectly OK to chunk it into a few questions at a time, pick the easiest ones first or just talk it out with someone you feel comfortable with.
Each question will help you probe deeper into ‘who you are and who you are meant to be’.
Be very specific and thorough with your answers; take whatever time you need to think about each question to answer fully.
(Click here to download a free Blueprint For Success© to write on)
What Does Success FEEL Like to ME? (check all that apply)
Now armed with this wealth of information, begin to look for patterns and reveal the clues of ‘who am I, what are my gifts’ – what picture do you notice emerging?
Observe how aligned you are on your current path with what you see as success – are you close or is there work to be done?
Once you see the gap you can begin to develop a success plan – your blueprint. There are always steps you can take to begin a new journey, a change in direction or even to start all over if needed!
Create Your Success Plan
Success begins just as soon as you create the right mindset and take meaningful action, even baby steps in the right direction! There are a variety of tools and methods you can use to understand 'who you are and who you are meant to be', you can begin the journey whenever you are ready.
If you are looking for help to connect the dots from your current situation to a more fulfilling future, then look no further – reach out today for candid guidance and a coach who will be in your corner!
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Elaine Adamson is a leadership consultant with Dots Leadership Solutions Inc. A natural dot connector. Passionate about coaching team effectiveness and leadership development she shares over 25+ years of real-life tips and tricks that really work!
Elaine believes you can discover and leverage strengths to forge a strong team dynamic despite business challenges or organizational change.
She posts some great articles on Linked In too!
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