By Jon Gordon (2011)
Josh lost his passion at work. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks and decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him some sources of wisdom and encouragement in his work and life.
“Where do I start?” Josh asked curiously.
Begin where all knowing exists. Begin with your heart. And be careful of your mind. It will often play tricks on you and deceive you on your quest. But your heart never lies. It knows your why. It knows where you are meant to go and what are you meant to do. You just have to listen to it. And while you are following your heart, also look for the signs.
“What signs?” Josh asked, knowing his heart certainly wasn’t forthcoming with information lately.
The signs of grace that guide you through life. These signs help you decide which roads to take. They come in many forms : advice from a stranger, dreams, eureka moments, songs, television shows, books, and even big signs on the side of the road. God uses all means to communicate with us to guide us on our journey.
In life, your past leads to your future, and your future is connected to your past. Think about your past and you’ll find clues to create your future.
It’s not the job you do that matters. It’s the energy and mind-set that you bring to your job that truly matters. Burnout is more often caused by purpose deficiency.
In making your decision, don’t choose where you will be happiest – choose where you will learn the most. Choose where you can grow into your full potential. If you’ve grown all you can grow where you are and it’s time to grow higher somewhere else, then leave. But don’t leave because of challenges.
When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn. People often run where they face resistance, but to grow you must face it and learn from it. We often have to go through things at work and in life that don’t make us happy, but they teach us lessons that lead to our happiness in the future.
Every job, good or bad, trains us for the work we are meant to do in the future. Challenges only make you stronger.