6 Must-Ask Questions to Help Find Your Personal Calling

5. What barriers are preventing you from pursuing your true calling? Can you begin removing those?

6. If you aren’t engaging your gifts and talents where you find yourself now, could you make changes in your current role to better engage those? Don’t rule out the possibility that where you are is where you need to be.

When you’ve answered these questions, I suggest drafting a calling statement for your life. Remember to write in pencil, not ink, as it may change over time. My own calling statement reads, “To influence influencers through gathering, inspiring, connecting and equipping them to become change makers.”

Take the time to draft your own statement, because God has a unique purpose that He desires to carry out in you. It’s your niche, your uniqueness, that specific and significant thing God has for you. Sure, others will do similar work to yours, but they can’t do it exactly like you. Why?

Because you’re the only you there is.

Being a catalyst leader means you are working to identify, understand and pursue God’s unique call on your life with passion and patience. And once you locate that calling, guard it as a precious treasure.

Higher calling matters. When you care so deeply about the why—why you’re doing what you’re doing—then and only then are you operating in a way that allows you to overcome the obstacles. —Dave Ramsey, author and radio host

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, we find Frodo wondering why he has been chosen to carry the magical ring on such a perilous journey. Like us, Frodo doubts that a meager man like himself could effectively carry out such a daunting task. “But you have been chosen,” Gandalf says to Frodo, “and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.”

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Brad  Lomenick
Brad Lomenick is Executive Director and key Visionary of Catalyst, a movement of young leaders. Over the last 15 years, he has built a reputation as a key networker and convener of leaders. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad was involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed [email protected] Magazine and did management consulting with Cornerstone Group. More recently he has served in a number of roles for INJOY and now GiANT Impact. For several years after college, he rode horses for a living on a ranch in Colorado, and was even struck by lightning while installing a barbed wire fence, which some believe has given him powers equal to several of the Super Heroes. He hopes maybe someday he can be a professional golfer, or have his own hunting show.