We have often heard the phrase – ‘A true lucky man who knows what he wants to do will never work a day in his life’. Well, that’s because he has found his true calling in life.
However, certain people know their true calling in life. Alongside, there are also a few individuals who find something they have to do – like something that obsesses them! Something that if they can’t do it, it’s going to drive them crazy or clean out of their mind.
Well, popularized by social media & society, ‘the true calling in life’ can be uplifting & disheartening at the same time. For individuals who know what they want in their life, it demonstrates an irresistible finish line – a chance to transform their passion into a career & an encouragement to work until their dreams are within reach.
However, individuals who aren’t aware of what they want in their lives might feel inadequate or confused. They might feel a sense of lacking something vital, like an anchor, which makes them less special.
So, is there anything known as a true calling in life? If so, how does one find it?
The Concept Of True Calling In Life
One cannot encapsulate in words what a ‘true calling in life’ is. Well, stripped to its barest meaning, it is something one enjoys doing, is good at, & finds resonating with the core. Those who have found theirs often speak reverentially of it.
The intense joy of finding meaning in the work you do & its effects on the world allows you to surmount trivialities, like fatigue, because your calling is essentially the mark you leave upon the corner of the universe. The beauty of this discovery is that there is no expiration date when you stumble upon it. It could happen in your 20s, 40s, 50s, or even 70s – you never know!
How To Find Your True Calling In Life?
Well, there is one oldest trick – to try & try until you make a breakthrough! Thinking that your passion could blossom into something significant is a great place to start.
A trusted friend/ confidante could also help you discover it. Moreover, there’s a good chance that someone who has known you for some time will be able to pinpoint/ tell you what exactly comes to you naturally, which you might be unaware of. Furthermore, a career coach is another amazing alternative. They can guide you with the practical aspects of turning your passion into a profession.
However, there are some caveats which you must keep in mind, i.e., repeated failures might imply the need to reassess the path you have chosen. It might mean taking chances on new avenues associated with your passion until you find what drives you.
The Concept Of Multiple Callings In Life
A Ted Talk by author Emily Wapnick saw how she challenged the concept of true calling in life. She described people as having ‘multipotentialites’, i.e., individuals having multiple interests that they were good at. How, then, could they be expected to have one true calling in life?
For instance, if the term ‘jack of all trades’ applies to you, then you might be having not one but multiple true callings in life. It is typical for such individuals to pursue many different areas of interest, sometimes being equally excellent at all of them. For these individuals, the idea of one too calling can be quite restrictive.
Well, this clash arises when society’s expectations or your expectations of being extraordinarily good at one thing conflicts with your inner self.
As much as the dream of having a single focus on one area of life has been romanticized, there’s a fine chance it will leave you feeling unfulfilled/ unsatisfied.
How To Deal With Multiple Callings In Life?
One of the most sapping prospects for multipotentialities is the idea of having to give up some of the things you know you enjoy & are good at to pursue one. Instead, adopting strategies to incorporate most of the interests into your lives could end up being a far more holistic & beneficial outcome for you.
Well, this could take the form of breaking down a day/ week into certain segments where each interest gets its time in the sun. It could imply utilizing your least stressful passion as an outlet for relaxation. In addition, it could even manifest as spacing out the mastery of a skill over a few years or decades by putting it on the back burner while you are concentrating on your primary profession.
In the Ted Talk, we discussed above, author Wapnick also suggests combining interests to craft a new intersection where something truly out of the box might emerge. While all these suggestions need significant groundwork, but with the expertise of a counselor, the possibilities you come across are endless.
Whether you are contemplating finding your true calling in life or potentially exploring many, the road will not be linear. An open mind, a commitment to the effort, & resilience are excellent companions to reaching your goal.
Remember – ‘There is greatness in every individual. One just needs to find the right people/ tools to unlock that.’
Lastly, get in touch with our experts if you are confused about choosing from multiple career paths. Visit our website RILC Academy today & book a free session now!
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