Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 10, 2009

Are you doing what you were meant to do?

I read this really interesting book the other day called the War of Art (yes, it’s a play on Sun-Tzu’s famous work the Art of War).  In this book that author posed a question that really got me thinking.

He asked: Are you doing what you were meant to be doing?  In other words, are you doing what you were created to do?

My immediate answer was probably similar to many of yours….kind of?  I think I’m doing what I was meant to be doing?  But how can you tell?  I mean, I love my job…but I definitely feel like there’s more out there for me.

Then the author went on to talk about being in “the zone”.  He said that you know that you’re doing what you were meant to do because when you’re doing that thing…’re in “the zone”.

Being “in the zone” means that when you are doing that thing, whether that may be playing a sport or creating a painting, then you feel like you are completely at home.  He says that you feel an overwhelming sense of calmness and tranquility and you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

So of course, that got me thinking.  When do I feel like that?  When do I feel like I’m “in the zone”?

The author later speaks of something else that is very intriguing…he goes on to say that if you are not doing what you were meant to be doing i.e. if you are not doing what gets you “in the zone” then you are committing a great injustice to the world, because you are robbing the world of your gift and your talent.

I found that to be a fascinating way to look at it; and to a certain extent I agree with him.

So the question then is what gets you in the zone?  What are you most passionate about?  And ultimately how can you spend a large amount of time doing whatever it is that you do so well?  Can you turn this “gift” into a profession?  Or at the least, can you allot a specific amount of time daily to do what you are most passionate about?

So what were you meant to do?

  • Do you have a huge heart and love to help people who need assistance?
  • Are you a great listener and enjoy helping people work through their difficulties?
  • Are you a genius when it comes to coming up with and forming new business ideas?
  • Is there an artistic masterpiece that you are holding back from the world?
  • Do you have a smile that can warm the hearts of those who have suffered?
  • Do you have the power to move people with your words?
  • Can you bend it like Beckham?
  • Are you destined to cure cancer?
  • Do you feel at home in the middle of nowhere?  Are you totally at peace in the natural world away from the cities?
  • Will you design the world’s most dynamic buildings?  Bridges?  Mosques?
  • Do you seek to change the lives of students?
  • Will you be the greatest mother and wife that the world has ever seen?  Will you be the world’s greatest and most dedicated father?
  • Are you going to help rid the world of its polluted machinery by creating a clean, alternative energy source?
  • Will you spread the message of Islam to the masses of people in the world that don’t know about it?
  • Will you write the next great screenplay for a movie that impacts the lives of millions of people around the world?

What gift and talent are you going to share with the world?

What were you meant to do?

And are you doing it?

If not……why not?

There are many legitimate reasons for why not, but let’s hope that all of us at some point in our lives, do what we were are most passionate about and do what gets us in “the zone”.

I ask Al Fattah to open up opportunities for us to do what we do best and do what we love to do.

I ask Al Haadi to guide us to do what is good and beneficial for us in this life and the next.




  1. Masha’Allah, this blog is very deep and thought-provoking. JazaakAllahu Khayran!

    • Waiyyakum. I appreciate the kind words. Barakallahufeek

  2. Masha’Allah! I was reently asking my friend regarding this topic and he told me to come here! This post REALLY made me think of things in a different way and not not career-wise, but helping people through our talents.


    • Waiyyakum. We have to constantly seek Allah’s Guidance to place us in situations that allow us to do good and benefit ourselves, families and others in the most effective manner. So many of us have talents that go unused or wasted because we don’t know how to properly channel them or use them to do good.

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