When one is stuck in a rut with no where to turn, whether that is in a dead end intimate relationship, job, or some emotionally or physically draining activity, it can be a challenge trying to free yourself and obtain what you really want out of life—your true calling.
Part of discovering what one’s true calling is means saying goodbye to toxic individuals, taking risks, and getting out of your comfort zone. Like with anything we want to find out more about, there is a process.
How to Find Your True Calling
Identify Your Strengths
Step One. Notice the things you like to do.
Take a moment to record observations about yourself. This exercise will require time, patience, a notepad, pen, and a quiet place. Think of those moments you experience great joy doing things like: helping someone, creating a project, building a plan, teaching others, etc. A calling usually incorporates the following signs. Pay close attention to those small details that reveal clues: it is positive, productive, rewarding, and feels right to you. No matter what challenge comes your way, you keep finding yourself going back to it or someone or something keeps reminding you about it. The ideas flood your mind and before long you are passionate with that work again.
Know Weaknesses and Recognize Failures
Step Two. Take note of what you don’t like to do.
Consider those things you do currently that leave you feeling miserable robbing you of the time to fulfill your calling. These issues could be the reasons why you struggle with seeing who and what you truly want to be in life. Review the times you failed at some things in your life. Next, question what you learned from those disappointments and then use them to inspire you. Career assessment tests and personality quizzes help put you on the right track when you simply are at a lost as to what you should be doing. These vocational evaluations don’t necessarily match you up with the desires of your heart, but they are good starting points and you are never too old to use them. Keep in mind that whatever you might choose, it has to be something that fulfills the void within.
Spot Critics and Supporters, Create Distance When Necessary
Step Three. Consult with those who can give you some valuable insight about your strengths and weaknesses, but guard your heart when dealing with critics.
Take a look at your social circle filled with individuals who may or may not support you in your endeavors. It is time to start performing a process of elimination and a personal categorization method for the people you know. Label true friends, false ones, and those who might be good sources of information. With a supportive network, you will be better able to stay focused on what really matters which is discovering your true calling. Constructive critics might be helpful, but others can be harmful to our souls. If someone’s advice sounds more like jealousy cloaked with so-called help, you will want to do something different. There comes a time when one will have to withdraw from everyone so that he or she can start to focus on his or her passion. You are able to accomplish more when you do this.
Separate Fact from Fiction
Step Four. Avoid the temptation to lie to self and others about your calling.
Circumstances, events, or personal enlightenment or transformation leads one into wanting to know what the next chapter is. However, don’t be tempted to create fictional stories to convince others as to why you want to make sudden or gradual life changes. Also, don’t be tempted to deceive the public by creating a false identity for yourself. You either know what you want to do with your life or you don’t. If you do know, then don’t add or take away from your testimony no matter how much pressure you might feel from others.
Narrow Down Your Choices
Step Five. Concentrate on one thing you most want to accomplish that truly connects with your passion rather than lots of things.
Too many people in pursuit of discovering who they are, what they want, and the purpose for living allow their minds to wander. Further, they listen to more counselors than they ought to, and don’t always act on goals. This sort of activity only confuses many individuals and delays the process of discovering what the future might hold for them. Limit preferences you would like to research more about. Note no more than three.
Manage an Unproductive Workspace
Step Six. Take some time to get away from environments that are hectic. Make some alone time.
Whether it is in a room of a large home or on a cruise ship in a cabin, take that needed time to refresh, meditate on positive things, and note your thoughts. Remember you are spending the time to answer the question, “What is my calling? Then when I know that, what will I need to do to achieve it.” Rub those temples, tap the forehead while you ask yourself some questions, and sit back and relax. You are preparing your body for an intense spiritual awakening.
Care for Your Mind, Body and Spirit
Step Seven. Spend time elevating your mind, body, and spirit through physical exercise. It can be difficult to know what your true calling is if you are often tired, stressed and in poor health.
Too many people overlook their bad habits and don’t connect them with why they can’t achieve goals. If the body isn’t being taken care of, one will suffer later due to neglect. So do what you can to maintain a healthy lifestyle, love you!
Distance Yourself from Toxic Distractions
Step Eight. Don’t drink or party with anyone during this time.
This point seems obvious, but so many people run away from their life challenges and distract themselves from seeking personal truths. How bad do you want to know what your true calling is? Cut off all electronic devices daily during a set period of time dedicating that space to personal goal-planning, writing thoughts, and executing a plan.
This is an ongoing practice you can begin 40 minutes a day to help you stay focused on your calling and learn new things. You will do this just before bedtime each night in this way when you awake you will have a better perspective and direction about your calling.
Outline Your Plan
Step Nine. Pen your thoughts on what needs to be done to start working on your life’s purpose.
No plan, no success. It is as simple as that! You may know what your calling is, yet have no clue as to how you can make things happen. Start with titling your paper with a brief summary of what you most want to do. Then list the things you know about it and what it takes to start working your plan out.
Act on Your Calling
Step Ten. Review your plan and begin to perform tasks and enlist the help of others.
There are plenty of people who have created elaborate outlines for their dreams and discussed much about them, but have not actually done anything. Some people are simply in love with the idea of success, but are not the least bit motivated in walking in their callings. Don’t let this happen to you!
Keep away from the Blame Game
Step Eleven. Hold yourself accountable.
Mistakes will be made, failed attempts at getting something done will occur, and disappointments will flood in at times. We don’t make excuses, lie, cover-up or blame others, we tackle the issues as soon as possible and keep with the plan!
Arrest Jealous Emotions
Step Twelve. Don’t treat others wrongly because you still don’t know what you are doing.
After going through much stress trying to figure your life out and spending much money, it can be unnerving to see others do better than you. Encourage yourself by continuing to work on you without distracting yourself with what others are doing and saying. Social networking can be harmful if you are not happy with yourself, so back off a bit from it.
Don’t Shoot the Messengers
Step Thirteen. Listen to sound advice and thank your instructors.
Be open to listening to others speak of how they arrived at their callings in life, what you need to do to self improve, and notice the mistakes they made and how they grew from them. Show gratitude when advisers help you and try to stay positive and respectful when speaking to them.
Motivate Yourself Often with Increase Learning
Step Fourteen. Educate yourself often on the latest information related to your purpose.
Never stop learning! Join a class or workshop, read books, meet with like minds, teach others, meditate on new concepts, and do things to improve your skills. By doing all of these things you are maintaining interest in your calling.
Seeking one’s life purpose is a great experience. It is enriching knowing who you are and how your talents and skills tie into your sense of well being and why you are meant to be here this day! Therefore, continue with your journey and even if you are not completely certain about your calling, don’t give up, keep searching anyway!