“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.” -Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Are we passionately living or are we dreadfully working to survive? Living a life without regret is a universal desire. Many work hard and have great achievements but are still troubled with missed opportunities, things never said, trips they never took or decisions failed to act on. This mindset can lead to actually poisoning our future and create an anxious heart.
We can’t do it all. Life is moving faster and faster to our final day. So how do we chase our dreams, live our passion and love our lives all at the same time?
What I’ve learned over the years is that we must first know who we are. Discovering yourself in different situations, in your values and goals is so important, but it takes time. We should be aware of who we are in our personality. Our strengths and weaknesses, what makes us tick and what gets us fired up.
According to www.16personalities.com there are four personality aspects.
- Mind: how we interact with other people- introverted (I) extraverted (E)
- Energy: how we see the world and process information- observant (S) intuitive (N)
- Nature: how we make decisions and cope with emotions- thinking (T) feeling (F)
- Tactics: our approach to work, planning and decision making- judging (J) prospective (P)
At the above website, you can take a 12 minute test that analyzes your answers based on the 4 categories and then puts you into one of the following groups:
- Analyst: Architect (INTJ) Logician (INTP) Commander (ENTJ) Debater (ENTP),
- Diplomat: Advocate (INFJ) Mediator (INFP) Protagonist (ENFJ) Campaigner (ENFP)
- Sentinel: Logistician (ISTJ) Defender (ISFJ) Executive (ESTJ) Consul (ESFJ)
- Explorer: Virtuoso (ISTP) Adventurer (ISFP) Entrepreneur (ESTP) Entertainer (ESFP)
Based on your answers, it gives you an analysis of your personality, strengths, weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, parenting, career paths, and workplace habits. My results told me I was an ENFP. It was right on and almost creepy as I read exactly what I’ve learned about myself over the past 20 years. These kind of tests may not work on everyone (especially when you think too much into the questions), but when your results seem to know more about yourself than you do, it can help to evaluate and confirm the different and unique ways that God has created you.
This test gives us direction as to what kind of work environment would best suite us but to me that is not what it is about. I think it’s all about looking at our talents and deciding for ourselves if we are using them to their fullest potential. Too often I get caught up in the game of comparison. I look at someone and become jealous of their life, opportunities and gifts. I sometimes forget to look at my own, and realize that people play with their passions in different ways. We can’t all have the same lifestyles because we all have been given different gifts. It’s what we chose to do with these different passions that leads to various careers, places and lifestyles.
Now, I don’t believe that simply living according to your passions is our “calling” or “purpose.” Being happy with what we do is not what we should live for. For our calling is to serve God and others. Being passionate about something is not our calling, but it is a part of our calling if we use our passions correctly. With our strengths and passions, we can serve God through the specific gifts that He has given us. It’s important to evaluate our passions and what we are using them for. Intertwine your personality and passions to SERVE GOD and fulfill your CALLING which in turn is glorifying HIM with your passions.
If we don’t play with our passions and use them today, how do we think we will ever reach our wildest dreams? Talk to someone about how you can build, write, speak, plan, inspire, teach, explore and chase your dreams by playing with your passions. Discover what they are and use them. It’s something you won’t regret.
Career Direct (https://careerdirect-ge.org) is another resource that I have used in discovering my passions and career direction. It is a Christian based organization that looks more in depth at personality, interests, skills and values. It costs about $150 but included is a 2 hour consultation with a professional over Skype and a 24 page detailed report. I highly recommend this if you are college student or needing career advice!