What’s your thing?

When someone asks you, ‘what do you do?’, how do you respond?

Do you automatically think of your job? Your role as a parent, brother, sister, child? Your cooking? Your smoothie prowess? Your surfing?

The question ‘what do you do?’ is more insightful than most of us think, and the response comes down to our interpretation of the question, clearly, but it also reflects our conditioning to align ourselves with ‘what we do’, which is often our ‘work’.

Yes, sometimes you can tell the person just wants a quick answer, so sometimes you can oblige. Other times you might want to rock the boat and declare your allegiance to the local bikie gang, and confess you’re actually a drug dealer.

That’s funny. When that happens.

I often respond with ‘I surf, travel, and do health stuff online’. It’s not amazing, but guaranteed, literally 99% of the time, a stimulating conversation ensues about life, work, visions, time, values and more. A sort of self-exploration is brought on by a friendly analysis of you and the other person. I think we need more of this. I certainly need more of this.

Finding your mission. 

My mentor once gave me a set of questions to help find what it is I wanted to do in life. Up until that point I had sort of just gone with the flow and had found myself working 9-5 five days a week, not really upset about it, but not really stoked at inching along Port Road each morning with 4000 other suckers doing the same thing, and doing the same thing in the afternoon.

The questions hit a bar with me. Because I had never really asked them before.

What do you think about all the time?

What do you daydream about?

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

When do you feel most alive, happy and fulfilled?

For me, it was SURFING, SURFING, SURFING and SURFING. So naturally I began to align how I lived with that. It’s funny as soon as I decided I wanted to surf more, life sort of showed the way. You could say my mission was to have enough freedom (in a job where I made a positive impact on the world) to surf whenever I wanted, wherever I wanted, with whomever I wanted.

But that also doesn’t mean you can’t do anything else, or shouldn’t do anything else. You can have multiple passions. I have my ‘health stuff’. My travel, too.

The key point here is that all your passions should support one another and support your overall mission.  

For instance, being passionate about fitness and exercise, and having a mission to be the fittest healthiest version of yourself, but then also being passionate about McDonalds and fast processed food mightn’t be supportive. It’s not illegal to have dissonant passions and missions, but it’ll certainly hinder your progress. 

I’ve found through listening to successful people, listening to those who are passionate about their mission, that aligning your life’s work so that it all supports your mission is the quickest way to ‘make things happen’ in your life. You wake up every morning with a clear reason for doing things. Your mission will dictate whether you say no or yes to certain opportunities, which is an underrated skill and ‘success factor’. Your mission will determine who you hang out with, which is also important.

The trick, I suppose, is being completely certain of your mission. I know that as soon as I question my mission, things start to slow down, the ‘little’ issues so easily skimmed over before become big and annoying issues to be avoided and dwelled over for days at a time.

Like I’ve said before, we are all living our mission right now to an extent. We’re all in this place in our lives because this is the image we hold of ourselves at this moment. Perhaps we’re too conditioned to look around us and create our self-image, and our mission, in alignment with what we currently have in our lives. When really we need to be creating our vision using universal energy and creative forces within us and holding to that vision/mission until it becomes a reality.

Anyone who is ‘successful’ will agree with this idea.

This is why it is so important to carefully, consciously construct your vision, your mission so that it is clear each and every single day so that you are moving toward it. This is why it is so important to cultivate your passions so that they, too, can propel you toward making reality out of your vision.

By all means you could disregard this idea and allow the brain to so what it does best and get busy building a vision based on what you’ve already got. But if what you’ve already got isn’t quite doing it for you, or you see a higher end, then you must take part in the image-building process.

Again, let me ask you,

What do you think about all the time?

What do you daydream about?

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

When do you feel most alive, happy and fulfilled?


The answer to this question should be of such poignance, that it will invoke such an emotive response as to get you into action today to make it a reality.

It funny, being involved in this business, you learn a lot about yourself. And you certainly learn a lot about others. What I’ve found time and time again, is that those with a clear, strong mission, are successful in life.

So, what do you do?


Kale Brock

CHEK Exercise Coach

Holistic Lifestyle Strategist


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