The Oprah Challenge: 3 Questions That Will Help You Find Your True Calling
By Oprah Winfrey
October 11, 2011
I think of them as sweet spots. They're the moments when we're immersed in the things we were put on Earth to do, the things that tap into our strongest strengths and deepest loves, the things that let us be the most "us" we possibly can, the things we are called to do. Over the years, after talking to countless people who have found their calling, I've come to realize there are three things you can ask yourself to begin to figure out if you're being true to yours.
1. How does what you're doing make you feel?
When you're honoring your calling, there's an undeniable sense of stimulation and exhilaration. It feels like you're giving and getting "juice" from the experience. It just feels so right.
What stands out for me when I consider this question are all the years I spent as an anxious news reporter/anchorwoman. And then came the day I cohosted my first show on People Are Talking in Baltimore, and it instantly felt like I'd come home to myself. Not because the conversation was especially earth-shattering or enlightening—the first guest was the Carvel ice cream man, discoursing on his flavors—but because of the feeling that at last I was where I was meant to be.
2. Does it have a positive impact on others?
Anything that makes you feel strong, connected, and aligned with your truth does the same when shared—whether it's making pie or choreographing a dance or counseling a friend. Nothing that really calls you is ever for you alone.
3. Does it turn up the volume and increase the vibration of your life?
Whenever you're engaged in the business of who you're meant to be, you're more awake, alive, and ready to play a vital part in your world. When others see your light shining, they'll be inspired to shine theirs, too.
Whatever you’re doing right now, stop and ask yourself these three questions. And don’t worry if you can’t yet answer yes. Our 4-step fulfillment workbook will help you get there!