How to Find Your Calling in Life

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Everyone has a life's calling. Each person's calling is unique and distinctive and in alliance with personality traits and talents. Throughout your life, your calling surfaces over and over again, sometimes in obscure ways or in areas that you have ignored. Your calling may not be the most lucrative thing you had in mind and this is oftentimes one of the reasons why it is overlooked. When you operate in your calling, you will have a deep sense of peace and an overwhelming feeling of personal satisfaction. You will find that you are just one piece of a larger puzzle, and that your impact will felt by more than just you. Use the following steps to discover your life's calling.

Things You'll Need

  • A Comfortable Place, free of distraction where you can concentrate and focus
  • Journal or Notebook and Pen

List your lifelong hopes and dreams. Don't limit them by your current circumstances. Your heart's desires and longings are important keys in identifying your calling. Each day you should think about and imagine your dreams, visions, desires, and longings as though they have come true in the best possible ways.

Hopes and Dreams
Hopes and Dreams

As you look back over your life and evaluate where you are now, determine the clues you've been given to help you understand your calling. Consider the things, people, causes or situations that have brought you joy and satisfaction, and have provided personal significance and meaning to you.

Calling Clues
Calling Clues

Identify the area(s) where you would like to see your life make a difference, and for what you would like to be remembered. Ask yourself what you care about so much that you could willingly give your life for it.

Make a Difference
Make a Difference

List the memorable moments that have thus far shaped your life. Is there a pattern of opportunities that have arisen?

Memorable Moments
Memorable Moments

When you are fulfilling your calling, time can easily slip away because you become so focused on what you care about most. What might that be?

Time Flies
Time Flies

Brainstorm what you would do if you had the time, money, effort, energy, and passion to do whatever you want. Let your imagination run wild.

Brainstorm
Brainstorm

Write three sentences that capture the times when you were moved to tears over a cause, person or situation and decided to take action or reach out to help.

Write and Record
Write and Record

Interview a family member and a close friend. Ask them what subjects they notice that you bring up most often and are passionate about. Now compare their responses to the list you made in the previous step. Are there any similarities?

Interview
Interview

Assess your natural talents, skills and strengths for evidence of your calling. Are there any patterns, indicators or themes?

Assess Talents
Assess Talents

Take a personality assessment to determine how best to fulfill your calling. This information will be quite valuable as you share with others.

Personality Assessment
Personality Assessment

Identify other people who seem to be operating in a calling that is similar to yours. Research the steps they took to fulfill their calling.

Identify Others
Identify Others

List the names of people you believe may have a stake in your calling, and what you will do to solicit their support.

Stakeholders
Stakeholders

Tips & Warnings

  • Preparing and recording your responses may take a bit of time. So don't be discouraged.
  • Don't try to qualify your ideas; just write them out and keep track of all of them for future action planning.
  • Use the resources below to help you focus your passion and find your calling.

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