Merriam-Webster defines a “calling” as: “…a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.”
But how do you find your calling?
Many will say you don’t “find” your calling, you have to fight for it.
Mark Twain says “The two most important days are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”
Picasso says, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
According to Aristotle, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross - there lies your calling.”
During our June Certification we had this discussion after one of the participants of our training program proclaimed that it was her calling to be an etiquette teacher and educate others about respect and manners.
She had been resisting and putting off attending ASP, but she knew immediately once she walked through the doors that she was doing the right thing.
This statement opened up the conversation about finding our calling in life which prompted this article.
If you are searching for your calling here are things you should be doing:
- Blending Your Talents
- Seeking Advice
- Believing in Yourself
Things you should Stop doing:
- Looking for A big paycheck
- Saying You are Too Old
- Making Excuses
- Thinking It Will Be Easy
According to Dave Isay, winner of the 2015 TED Prize, “People who’ve found their calling have a fire about them. They are the people who are dying to get up in the morning and go do their work.”
If pursued with dedication your calling will enrich your life, your family’s life, and the lives of those around you.
If you are searching, you are on the right path.
When you find your calling you will know it.
Keep moving forward.
And remember you can’t fulfill your dreams when you are stuck in your comfort zone.