It happens each year, we get to the last few months and think ‘what did I achieve this year?’ No matter if you love your job or it just pays the bills you may feel that you want something more, you want to find something that you are really really good at and you really really love. So, how can you do that? It might take a lifetime to find that one thing that you excel at and by the time you find that thing you might feel that it’s too late and you’re left wishing you had of found that thing earlier in your life.
In order to find your calling in 2017 there are a few things you have to do.
Firstly, write down all of your passions, wishes, dreams and goals. The act of physically writing these down on paper will most likely allow you to figure out what your key goals and passions are. This is a great place to start. As they say, if there’s a will there’s a way. Visually displaying what you want is a jumpstart into figuring out where your calling might be.
Next, write down all your strengths and weaknesses. Think of this as a business plan; what have you proven that you are good at, what do you need to work on? Once you have put down everything you can think of go to some of your close friends and family and ask them to do the same thing for you. Figuring out what you think you’re good at and what you’re actually good at might be a shock but it is of utmost importance in giving yourself your best chance.
After you have your lists compare and contrast your pros and cons with your goals and desires. What things are you good at? Could this be your calling? What things do you need to try? This will allow you to narrow down what your calling could be a little bit.
Next it is important for you to consider the impossibilities; if you had to pick one thing to do on your list of goals that had no consequences what would it be? If you didn’t have to pay for it, if you weren’t afraid of it, if there was no risk involved, what would you do? Figuring this out could be your answer. Alas, risk is always involved in our decisions and actions. Once you have decided on that one thing reach out and talk to someone who does that one thing. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. Maybe you don’t even speak the same language as them. Regardless, doing this will allow you to determine if what you think your calling is is actually your calling.
At this point you will have achieved one of two things: you will have either found your calling or you haven’t. If you haven’t then it’s just a case of repeating the process again, maybe you missed something or maybe you have discovered something else that you want more than ever. If you have though, it’s time to jump face first into your calling!