“I have not found my calling.”
“I envy those who have found their calling.”
If one of those two statements resonate with you, then this post is for you. A calling in my opinion, is something that people would label you if they had to describe you. Surely you have heard or said such words of praise. He creates beautiful melodies when he plays the piano. I love her style of photography, it is so natural yet captures the moment perfectly. She has such a big heart to serve others as a nurse.
I find those who live a purpose driven life very attractive. They are focused and not easily distracted. They spend their free time working on their talent, honing it, never settling. They are gifted in their area of calling and it comes naturally to them. What they do cannot be done by the average masses. When they are in the zone, the atmosphere just seems to come alive and you cannot help but leave being impacted and inspired.
Now you are excited, you want to find your calling also. You are unsure how to do that, what next steps you should take. Observing the lives of those around me who have found their calling, I noticed a common theme. These are three things that will help you identify your calling.
This is something you get excited over. It is something you can see yourself doing over and over again without getting bored. You would do this if failure did not exist. This is your dream. When you spend precious time doing it, there is fulfilment and happiness that overwhelms you.
A passion without expertise does not produce results. A singer cannot sing without being able to carry a note. A writer cannot write without a good command of language. You can generally measure the extent of your skill by the fruits it creates. Have you won awards? Has a stranger given you compliments? Do you feel comfortable showing your work to the public? Often, we know deep inside if we have the ability to take our passion to the next level. There is saving grace if you have not acquired the confidence to do so. Repeated practice can make you a master of your craft. Find the time to practise, this should be your priority if it is your passion.
Combining passion and skill produces a job, even a career. Yet over time a job or career can easily fizzle out and lose its meaning or purpose, even if you are both good at it and love doing it. This is when you should ask why you do what you do. It is only when you know that what you do day in and day out adds value somewhere in this world that it makes a difference. It is when we have learned to look beyond self, instead of wanting to earn the most money or just live a safe and comfortable life, when we are serving others by improving the lives of others, that it can be a calling.
Spend the next 15 minutes pondering these three questions:
What are you passionate about?
What are you good at that others cannot do?
How does what you do increase the lives of others?