How to Find Your Calling: 7 Beliefs to Change Right Now

Finding your calling isn’t like taking a pill or the right assessment test to pin the tail on the donkey. There’s no recipe. This work, which can take place in your ordinary life, feels like meeting a shaman in the desert and employing the joy of your heart to blow your mind. It’s changing everything you think you know about reality, one belief at a time. Of course, in a fast-paced, gotta-have-it-now society, many of us demand templates and action plans. But unleashing your life’s work is not about doing. It’s about undoing all the beliefs that stand in your way.

Playing to your strengths

At the core of Buckingham’s philosophy is the notion that you should focus your work life on the things you’re good at, and steer yourself away from the things you’re bad at. This is a better strategy for individuals and companies than trying to correct weaknesses, he says. No one can be good at everything. Find out what you are good at and do that, and you’ll be more effective at your job. You should also have more fun doing it.

Context is Important

Every bit of advice that you read on the internet, including blogs like this one, needs to be taken in context. Much of what you read is written as universal advice, applicable to everyone, applicable in every circumstance, and as though it should be adopted as your general practice no matter what. But none of this is really true. Much of the advice you read, including what you read here, is context specific. Out of context, it can be horribly bad advice.

Play to Your Strengths. Shore Up Your Weaknesses

For some reason, it’s popular to tell people that they should focus on their strengths and ignore their weaknesses. This is terrific advice . . . in context, anyway. My strengths are in sales and marketing. I care deeply about financials, but I am not a CFO, an accountant, or a bookkeeper. Focusing on my strengths means that I should focus on a few lines of the P&L, and not on the work of putting the P&L together. This is an example of what people mean when they offer this advice that you should focus on your strengths.

4 biggest challenges facing business leaders today

When it comes to successful leadership, attributes like vision, communication, integrity, and curiosity never go out of style. Today, executives also must be able to build strong teams in the face of recruiting and retention challenges, keep up with the latest technology, and demonstrate strong business acumen. It is more challenging to be a company leader today than just five years ago.

8 Things Power Couples Do Differently

Power couples can seem like intimidating forces, managing to have their own wildly successful careers as well as relationships. Though Beyonce and Jay Z are probably just superhuman, the secrets of how most power couples make it work aren’t reserved for the mega-rich and famous. Here are eight things power couples do right:

Nine Signs You’re Really an Introvert

It can be difficult to admit to yourself that you may be an introvert. When we think of people as being introverted, we often wrongly assume that they are people who don’t like people. However, as Susan Cain so effectively showed the world in her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, introverts can be warm, interested in others, and powerful in their own right. Yet the stigma many still attach to being an introvert may lead people otherwise inclined to have these tendencies to resist if not deny them within themselves.

Bill Belichick reveals his 5 rules of exceptional leadership

Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots says, "I think I know a little about coaching. I think I know a little about leadership." Here are his top five principles of leadership and coaching.

15 Probing Questions to Help You Bust Through Limiting Beliefs

You have great intentions, but you don’t follow through. You tell yourself you want change, but you’re too afraid to take action. You want a passionate life, but you meet roadblocks at every turn. At the heart of this failure to launch is a cluster of limiting beliefs and negative thoughts residing in your psyche and holding you back. You’re really just one or two thoughts away from the ability to make many positive changes in your life. When you learn to mentally and emotionally disengage from those thoughts, you will catapult your potential to do just about anything you want to do.

Overcoming Insecurity and Low Self Esteem

Real Self Confidence and Esteem is based in emotion, not a self image. To build self confidence and overcome low self esteem is to change how we feel emotionally about ourselves. To change our emotion requires changing two different core beliefs about self image. The first core belief is obvious. It is the belief that we are not good enough. It may have a more specific association to how we look, how smart we are, money, or lack of confidence sexually. The second core belief to change is the image of success that we feel we should be.