Suddenly I Took Action
By Dan Miller
CBN.com – Be sure to check out the piece on RoadTripNation below. Many Baby Boomers settled for careers that created income but did not connect with passion or meaning. This young generation coming into the workforce today will never put up with that. They demand a clear sense of purpose in anything they are going to do. Some of us can learn from – or be re-inspired by -- their honest searching. Enjoy the process, no matter where you are on your life’s journey.
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" If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you."—T. Alan Armstrong
Isaiah’s Wise Words
I heard Joel Osteen use a Scripture reference recently that jumped out at me. In Isaiah 48:3 it says: “Long ago I told you what was going to happen. Then suddenly I took action, and all my predictions came true” (New Living Translation). What a great concept! How many people are just waiting for God to do the miraculous in their lives – and then are disappointed when nothing changes. The bills don’t get paid, the job promotion doesn’t come through, and the dreams die unfulfilled.
But here’s a solution to all of those challenges and more – “then suddenly I took action, and all my predictions came true.” How great is that? Instead of waiting, moaning, complaining, or hoping the right political candidate saves the day, just take action. What is it that you would like your future to bring – a better job, a business of your own, better health, more money, a completed book, a car of your dreams, or living in another part of the world? Are you just waiting, wishing, and hoping? Or are you taking action?
OK, this year is ticking by. Maybe you didn’t get the jump start on 2008 that you wanted. But now we’re looking ahead at ‘09 already. You have plenty of time to plan, and start acting, before January 1st even rolls around. I have a Goal Planning overview all ready for you: just click through – it’s a free worksheet – you can print it, copy it, or whatever you want. But whatever you do, make absolutely sure you decide what action you will take to make ‘09 the year your dreams come into view.
Saturday afternoon the now famous 36-foot green RV with the RoadTripNation crew aboard rolled back our long country lane here in Franklin, Tenn. They are making the ‘08 trip from California to Maine and wanted to talk with my son Jared – who lives in Rwanda but is currently here in Nashville. What an interesting group. Three long-time buddies graduated from college and began asking the common question "what do I want to do with my life?" They are now interviewing people who have found their passion. They were determined to expose themselves to more than just the traditional life roads. Like the original RTN gang, they hopped in a green RV and hit the road to talk with inspiring people from all walks of life to find out how they came to do what they love for a living.
Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a PBS series, three books, an online community, and a student movement. PBS sends people on the road who are interested in exploring the world outside their comfort zone, talking with individuals who chose to define their own road in life, and sharing their experiences with our generation.
I was blown away by their Manifesto – written on the back of the bus:
“So, what do you want to do with your life?”
You should be a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant, a consultant….
Blah, blah, blah.
Everywhere you turn people try to tell you who to be and what to do with your life. We call that the noise…Block it…Shed it..
Leave it for the conformists..
As a generation, we need to get back to focusing on individuality.
Self-construction rather than mass production.
Define you own road in life instead of traveling down someone else’s. Listen to yourself.
Your road is the Open Road. Find it.
Find the Open Road.
This young generation is not content to live out traditional work lives while missing meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. They are determined to connect their passion and calling to what they do each day. What about you? Have you found your open road, or are you stuck on a dead-end street?
Jared's Rwanda work
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“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”
“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
“You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.”
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”
Dan Miller is the bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and a renowned Life Coach specializing in career fulfillment. His weekly newsletter reaches 70,000 subscribers. Dan’s articles are featured here at CBN every Tuesday, and you can find out more about Dan at www.48days.com.
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