Many wisdom keepers say that our purpose and true calling isn’t necessarily one thing that we do our entire lives, but it can also be a very small thing, such as being kind to someone who needs it or giving shelter to a homeless animal.
Purpose and true calling can be something as big as starting an organic foods business, starting a yoga studio, or a small act of kindness to lift someone up.
Here are 11 effective ways on how to find your true calling.
What light’s up your soul?
One of the best ways on how to find your true calling is to find out what is that thing that lights up your soul and sets your soul on fire? What is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep and makes you eager to begin the next day? What is that thing that ignites the passion of your soul?
Find out what is that which makes you want to live? It can be music, art, science, yoga, or anything else that you feel resonates within the depths of your soul. Look within, get to know yourself, and find out what it is that light’s a fire within you, and you will be closer to find your true calling.
Try new things
Don’t hesitate to try new things. Sometimes you don’t know what you will find in trying something you never thought would call to your soul. The world is expansive, there are so many things in the vast expanse of this world, and you never know what treasure is about to come your way.
If you have studied science your whole life but feel like you want to join a guitar class, don’t hesitate. You never know, you might discover a new love for music and find an excellent guitarist within.
Eliminate the unnecessary
In your day to day life, what are the things you do that actually you do not enjoy doing or that are not truly helping you in any way? Are you studying engineering but don’t truly enjoy it? May be its time to let it go.
Maybe you are meant for something else like teaching yoga or starting a business. If you spend too much time watching tv or playing video games, it’s time to reduce the time you spend doing these things as they are not helping you in finding the calling of your soul.
Pay attention to dreams and signs
Pay attention to your dreams. Often our soul speaks to us in our dreams and communicates vital information to us through our dreams.
What are your dreams telling you? As Eileen Elias Freeman says, “Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep.” Our dreams, the things happening in our life, the people we meet are not a coincidence. Life is communicating to us all the time. Are you paying attention and listening?
What bothers you?
Another amazing way of how to find your true calling is to reflect on problems in the world that bothers you? For example, a Russian science genius was surprised by the amount of waste that was dumped in the ocean, so he invented a machine that cleans tons and tons of garbage from the ocean. Today that machine is helping clean up tons of waste from the oceans.
Find out what it is that bothers you and then try to find a solution to that. If animals being homeless makes you sad, then you can start an animal shelter and find your calling in the process.
Make your own unique path. Don’t follow someone else’s path. We are all unique beings, and each of us has a unique calling. The only way to find your own unique calling is to create your own path.
To create our own path, we must be willing to walk in the unknown and develop a deep trust in ourselves and life. As we muster the courage and create our unique path slowly and steadily, our unique calling starts to reveal itself.
We all need help and guidance as we cannot figure out the puzzle of this life all alone by ourselves. Human beings are relational creatures, and we are built to thrive in community. Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance from a trusted friend or from someone who knows and has found their true calling.
Sometimes the message we need to hear comes through the guidance we are receiving, and it is precisely the thing we needed to hear to take us closer to our true calling.
Let’s say you are well on your way to finding your true calling. You have found that you want to become a musician, and so you are working hard to learn, practice, and make music. Suddenly you feel like your interest lies in music management more than music production, then go for it.
Don’t stay stuck on a thing. We are like water; we keep changing. Trust the change you are feeling and jump into the abyss.
You should strive to develop authenticity more than anything else. In your search for your true calling, want only that is true and authentic and unique to you. Let’s say you become a yoga teacher.
There is a way of teaching that only you can do and no one else. Find that and master it instead of copying someone else. This is called being authentic and unique.
Find out your strengths, skills, and talents
Find out what your natural skills and talents. Maybe you are naturally a good listener, or you have a natural talent for public speaking.
Find out what comes to you naturally and let that lead you in the direction of your true calling.
Last but not the least, be patient. A wise person once said, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Things take their own time and happen when they are meant to happen.
This does not mean that we do not put in the effort. It means we put in the efforts to find our true calling and then surrender the attachment to the outcome and be patient.
Your true calling is not something you find, but it finds you when you are truly ready. So, prepare yourself and make yourself ready for it by putting in the efforts mentioned above. You know never know when you true calling finds you.