I knew I was supposed to be a volleyball player and when my playing career was over, I knew I was supposed to coach. How did I know? While growing up, I played baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball…while I loved playing all sports, at the end of each season, it was time to move on to another sport…except volleyball. Playing made me come alive and I never got tired of playing. I realize it sounds silly now but I could play all day long and want to play more. At the end of the season, I couldn’t wait for the next season to start. Fatigue and burnout weren’t issues even though we played at a high level and it was a physically demanding sport.
Coaching is the same way for me. It is effortless for me to coach, to run a practice, to coach a match, to strategize, to train, etc. Not saying that I always do things perfectly or that I can’t improve my ability to coach, but it is truly effortless work.
I am convinced that each of us has something inside of us that God created us to do (our assignment)…and I think in order to do what he created us for, we are to be really good at who he created us to be. That is the first step. Identify who you are by recognizing what makes you come alive. What do you do that you absolutely love to do, feels effortless, wakes you up in the morning, and keeps you awake at night? That is who you are and is the beginning of discovering the assignment you have been given.