“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”― Henry Ford
“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need”― Frederick Buechner
Find Your Calling, Element, or Sweet Spot
If you want to achieve greatness, it starts with finding your purpose, your calling, your element, or your sweet spot. It’s only when you find what drives you, what you were created to do, that you start shining.
I’ve spent the last decade interested and researching greatness and what it takes to become great. I do this because I want to feed my soul the food that great people eat so that if I am fortunate, I too may some day rest among the great. I do it because there is a fire in my bones, a passion, to study greatness and to teach it to my children and to the world.
In this short article, I share with you my findings expressed in the form of a mnemonic I’ve created called, D.E.S.I.G.N. This mnemonic is especially fitting because the key to finding our calling is understanding our design. It starts with self-awareness and self-evaluation to discover what endowments and talents we have been given. Calling is both something you find and choose.
What is your DESIGN?
I’ve found out that to find your design, you look at the following six areas.
- Disposition. Your disposition is your personality.
- Experiences and education.
- Spiritual Life / Spirituality. We are spiritual beings. This is very apparent when you look at the world. To find our purpose and calling, we have to become spiritually alive. Our spirituality often gives us our values and shapes our mission, vision, and purpose.
- Interests and Passions.
- Gifts and Talents.
- Needs. Needs here refers to the World’s needs and Yours. Each of us has 7 fundamental human needs. Our needs are part of our design and they are fulfilled when we serve within our element. In addition to that, it’s as if there are certain needs in the world that have our names written on them. These needs seem to be beckoning us to come and meet them as a service to others. The truth is that as we meet these needs in others, our own needs become met. Our calling is found in meeting these needs.
It’s powerful to realize that needs are part of our design. Our 7 fundamental human needs and the needs of others are part of who we are. Our needs are met as we meet the needs of others in the world. Just as hunger causes us to seek food, our own needs are designed to cause us to look for needs in the world to meet. Their needs are the solution to our needs! That’s a powerful concept to grasp. Our needs aren’t there to cause us to look for charity or help from others. Our needs are a reminder that we need to serve others because by serving others, our needs become met.
You are a work in progress. We all are. You DESIGN comes from both nature and nurture. It comes from both your genes and your environment. For example, we know that your disposition or personality is determined by both genetic and environmental influences during your childhood years. Interests and passions change with time and experience. The things you are interested in change over time.
Your talents are innate or natural. You were born with them. However, your experiences and education provide knowledge and skills that can sharpen your talents and gifts.
To find your calling, you need to honestly evaluate yourself in light of the six keys I’ve discussed above. I’m absolutely certain that by looking into the mirror of these six keys, you will find who you truly are and what you were created to do.