Your life’s calling is what makes you feel that life is meaningful. It helps you live a purposeful life. Callings look different for everybody. Some people, for example, want to help others as part of their calling. They strive to positively impact other people’s lives.
What is a calling?
- Utilizes your natural gifts. We each possess hundreds of skills, and nearly all of us also have some natural gifts, which often emerge early in our lives. Gifts are more than just talents; they are what make you feel fulfilled and happy. Having a sense of humor or the ability to bring joy to others, an ability to quickly compute numbers or an aptitude for leading others are examples of natural gifts that can express your purpose.
- Serves others. Your calling can be thought of as the urge to share your gifts with the world. When you express your gifts for the sake of others, you often experience the joy of being fully alive.
- Creates “flow.” What were you doing the last time you experienced such absorption that you lost all sense of time? You were probably doing something that relates to your calling.
What are your gifts?
Fewer things are sadder than watching a person with potential waste their life without using their gifts. Many of us have gifts hidden away that we are not fully expressing. We may have overlooked them, or we may use them so frequently and effortlessly that we take them for granted, and so they go unappreciated. Yet, when we name these gifts we find them to be critical to a life of energy and vitality.
Ask yourself these two questions:
- What am I good at?
- What do I love to do?
Your gifts will arise in the responses that answer both questions—after all, you probably have a long list of things you’re good at, but don’t enjoy doing. A true gift is something you can give back to the world with ease and pleasure.
What are your passions?
Your calling will engage both your mind and your heart—your natural gifts and the issues you care about most. Your passions will reveal where you want to direct your energy and guide your goals.
- What do I care about most in the world?
- Whom do I want to help the most?
- When do I feel most engaged with what I am doing?
- How would I use a gift of a million dollars if it had to be given away?
When your life and work decisions are based on your gifts and passions, the power of purpose emerges, bringing alignment, energy, flow, and aliveness.
Strategies For Gradually Figuring Out Your “Life’s Calling”
- Ask yourself questions about how you feel about your life
- Combine your strengths and interests
- Say yes to odd opportunities
- Follow your own dream instead of someone else’s
- Surround yourself with motivated and successful people
- Notice dreams and signs.
- Prioritize creative expression.
- Think about what you used to love.
- Notice what feels good.
- Turn down the distractions.
- Pay attention to what keeps coming back.
- Try new things regularly.
- Learn from your mistakes
- Learn how to let people go
- Stop thinking and start acting now
- Think out of the box to be creative
Enjoy the process of searching for your passion
Don’t make a race out of your search. Remember you’re looking for a passion to be happy, so make the search itself an exciting process. You may not realize that, but the day you’ve decided to change something in your life and find your purpose is the beginning of your journey itself. A strong desire is the first step to success. The second one is action. So start from this exact moment and, no matter what, try to have fun.