Should I find my true calling

Find a calling: what do I want to do?

There are just three small letters that make a job a calling, but it can make a huge difference. Those who find their calling and manage to actually put it into practice are very close to their personal happiness and professional satisfaction. The way to this point is, however, a rocky one. Only a few reveal their own vocation so clearly that there is no longer any doubt about the direction in which development should go. Many people have doubts, are unsure of what exactly they want to do and cannot name exactly which tasks and activities they want to devote themselves to. We have collected tips to help you find your calling ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Profession or calling: what's the difference?

When it comes to calling, many immediately think of the great goal in life, the one task to which the rest of life is devoted, the destiny or purpose of a person. Often there is even talk of the purpose in life or, more dramatically, of the meaning of life. The entire idea of ​​the vocation is given an immense weight of meaning by these ideas and also by the use of language, and it seems so big and important that it is almost daunting.

It becomes more understandable and easier to digestif you look at your calling a little more soberly and focus on the difference to your job. Your job is what you do every day at work. It is the tasks that are anchored in your employment contract, the requirements and expectations that are associated with them. Not more but also not less. Enthusiasm or even love for the job are not necessary for the job.

The calling on the other hand, as the name suggests, is what you feel called to be. That means: Your vocation is what you really want to do, your dream job, where you do exactly what corresponds to your passion and which makes you happy. In the best case scenario, your job corresponds to your calling, of course, but this is more the exception than the rule. Either because you have not yet found your calling or because you have not had the courage or the right opportunity to pursue it.

Realize that you have not yet found your calling

Finding your own calling is not that easy - more on that below in the article. On the contrary, that you have not yet found your calling and your current job has little or nothing to do with it, you can determine with simple observation. How good or bad you are at your job only plays a subordinate role. A lack of performance can be a sign, but even if you excel at your job, it does not necessarily have to correspond to your calling.

Much more important is the question: How satisfied are you with the current situation? If you follow your calling and focus on what you really want to do, you will always proceed with great motivation. In this context, a scenario is often sought: How do you feel when you wake up in the morning and know that a strenuous day full of tasks lies ahead of you?

The idea behind it: If you follow your calling, you will be less affected by the stress, the hard work or the occasional setbacks, or hardly at all. You stand so firmly behind this path and bring such great commitment and the necessary passion with you that nothing can rob you of your fun and motivation.

However, this method is not completely flawless, because the job can also be fun, but this does not automatically make it a calling. Then there are only other ways of getting on the track of your own calling.

Finding a calling: That can help

Far too often we are only busy with everyday life and do not care about finding and using our own calling. It can go as far as to work for years in a job that actually doesn't really fit your own ideas and that has brought little fun and satisfaction since the first few days.

The fear of change is to blame, because following one's calling can also mean fundamentally changing and making decisions that not everyone can understand. But before it is even possible to follow the calling, it must first be recognized. To help you with this, we've gathered some tips to help you find your calling:

  • What is bothering you about the current situation?

    The first step in finding your calling should be a self-reflection, a thoroughly critical analysis of the status quo, but also of events and stations that were long ago. You should pay particular attention to two aspects: What made you the greatest friends and satisfaction? On the other hand, what gives you the most headaches? You can use this knowledge as a starting point for your search for your calling. They are the first clues that can give you a direction. It is therefore important that you are honest with yourself. You won't get anywhere if you gloss over the situation or leave out negative things.

  • How do you use your free time?

    What the heart really beats for often only becomes apparent when working hours are over and you can indulge your hobbies and passions. This is precisely why the calling can often be found here. What do you spend your weekends with and what do you do in the evening after work? Perhaps you use the free hours to do some handicrafts, perhaps you are active in a voluntary organization and only thrive there. So far, you've only seen these things as a way of passing the time, but that might be your true calling.

  • What did you want in your childhood?

    As a child, everyone had wishes and dreams about what they would later become. This does not mean the classic policeman, astronaut, veterinarian or even princess. Try to remember the area you were drawn to as a child, even before outside expectations could influence your job description. Think back to your school days too. Which subjects and tasks did you enjoy the most and which lessons would you rather have missed each time? Then compare how your current job fits in with these findings. Often there are clear differences.

  • What do good friends and relatives say?

    Your calling is very personal, but you don't have to find it entirely by yourself. Talk to friends and family about the topic or use the statements that you have heard many times but have so far ignored or simply ignored. "You should absolutely ..." or "Would be perfect for you ..." Which is usually not meant very seriously, may contain references to the area in which your calling lies. You know your close environment very well and often have a more objective view than you do.

  • What would you do if money didn't matter?

    Everything always revolves around money and the financial situation. New bills flutter into the house all the time, loans want to be paid off and, by the way, savings should be made for the next vacation. This makes it difficult to imagine this factor away, but it is a very important question in order to find your calling. Imagine never having to deal with money again. How would you spend your day then? Often it is expectations or norms that keep us from really doing what we want to do. If you can honestly answer for yourself what you would do without financial worries, you will come one step closer to your calling.

  • When are you particularly motivated?

    Your current job may not match your calling, but it may still have some facets that match your calling. Find out on which days you are particularly motivated and committed to your work, which tasks you do with great friends and passion and when, on the other hand, you tend to have to torment your way to the office.

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April 16, 2021Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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