Chip Shots – Finding Your Calling

by  Paula Kiger  |  Self Leadership
Chip Shots – Finding Your Calling

Here at Lead Change Group, we know that problems are most effectively solved when individuals come together to meld ideas, energies, and approaches.

To use a golf analogy, not every shot is a long drive. Many times, golfers have to take a chip shot to move the ball along for a short distance, with incisive accuracy.

If you are new to the Chip Shots green, welcome. In our Chip Shots feature, our Leading Voices are invited to provide brief insights into a leadership-related topic.

To learn more, spend some time browsing the entire Chip Shots Series.

This Month’s Prompt

Most people don’t form a self and then lead a life. They are called by a problem, and the self is constructed gradually by their calling.” // “Matching problems to your strengths isn’t just about being rewarded by monetary compensation but also the joy of following a true vocation. But often, you discover that that calling is one baby step at a time
~ Whitney Johnson

Contributors were asked to reply with thoughts about what this passage evoked for them.

Becky Robinson shares:

“I have discovered my calling one baby step at a time. It started with a question from my husband about a career after kids. I had no idea what career I might pursue, but I started saying yes to opportunities, which led me to discover work I love. Whitney also writes that showing up is the most important metric of all. I believe when we show up to possibilities, amazing things can happen. “

Chip Bell responds:

It evokes to me the power of learning from our mistakes, not just from our successes.  When I was growing up and I made a big boo boo, my dad would typically say, “Well, son, did you learn anything?”  From him I developed an insatiable curiosity about life and a love for learning. And, it has made all the difference.

David Dye advises:

The distilled essence of leadership is that:  together we can have a better tomorrow. That better tomorrow only comes one problem at a time – and solving today’s problem is only a key that unlocks the door to tomorrow’s problems. Our self, our leadership, our strengths are only built as we work for that better tomorrow – one baby step at a time.

Susan Mazza contributes:

Responding to the opportunities that life presents can be part of how you discover your vocation.  Yet that discovery requires you have an intent to find your true path vs. living life as a series of reactions. You can have a life and a career given by happenstance, or you can choose a life and career by design.  At some point living by design requires that you choose to disrupt your status quo.  What are you choosing now?

Mary Schaefer writes:

Early in my career I was really quiet. I spoke up passionately one day in a meeting and everyone was shocked. Well, I finally had something to say. Baby steps.

Thank you Becky, Chip, David, Susan, and Mary for taking a shot at this question.

What does this prompt evoke from you?
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Paula worked for almost twenty years for Florida’s State Child Health Insurance Program. She is currently doing freelance work in the communications industry. Her Twitter bio describes her best: wife of one, mom of two, friend of many.  »  View Profile

What People Are Saying

Jane  |  30 Oct 2015  |  Reply

What does this prompt evoke from you? I volunteer one morning a week as a childcare provider at my church. I’ve learned that baby steps have nothing to do with the age or size of the child. Like the 1 year old who prefers to crawl, despite the fact that the 10 month old is already running, I’m still discovering what I was meant to do. Living my purpose and following my calling means ‘just showing up’ and ‘taking the right steps’. I used to think my calling was something I do, the career I create from doing what I love, but that isn’t it at all. My calling is who I am at heart level. If I’m doing what I know is right, I will be following my calling. “Do more of what you love” means doing more of what you were called to do. It isn’t a paid position.

Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)  |  30 Oct 2015  |  Reply

Great perspective Jane, especially “who I am at heart level.” Lots of truth to that!

Wendy Stackhouse  |  30 Oct 2015  |  Reply

It reminds me of something else I read this week: “Serve one person at a time by one action at a time.” Baby steps are still steps forward!

Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)  |  01 Nov 2015  |  Reply

I like that, Wendy – thx for sharing!

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