LIVING YOUR TRUE CALLING IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS, CONTENTMENT, AND A MEANINGFUL LIFENo Happiness. No Satisfaction. No Excitement. – That’s the way you feel when you have not discovered your true calling in life. Nothing means anything to you! Have you ever had the feeling that everyone’s life seems to be flourishing? Everyone seems to be on top of their game. Everyone is enjoying what they are doing! Yet, you feel stuck! You wake up early, go to work early, put in your best, and receive a good salary at the end of the month. This is what you’ve been told for all your life that you need to be doing this. Still, you feel like something is missing in your life. I get it, you are not alone! Most people today are living unfulfilled lives because they have yet to discover their true calling in life! After all, a life without a purpose is an empty life! Now, this may shock you, but the harsh truth is that life isn’t just about growing up, getting a job, taking a few vacations, retiring, and dying. You know deep inside that there is more to life than this vicious cycle, this box most people can’t seem to escape. Nowadays, an average person lives his life in a circle. First, you think money can solve all your problems. So, you say to yourself, I will go to college, get a degree and a job. Years later, you have lots of money in your bank account but still very much unhappy. You then thought that finding love will solve your problem – “You will become happy and fulfilled once you find love”. So, you get a wife or husband. Yet, happiness is still elusive. For most people, at some point, they give up the pursuit of happiness and just settle for what they have. They start to believe that happiness is just a myth. Nobody can truly be happy.
There Is A Negative SidePerhaps, people not finding their true calling or their purpose in life is part of the reason why depression and suicide are on the rise in America and other developed countries despite the wealth these countries have in their possession. World Health Organization estimates that over 4% of the world’s population has depression (over 300 million people), with over 800,000 suicides per year. Guess where most of these people come from? Yes, from the so-called rich and developed country. So you see, it is not about how wealthy you are! Money cannot buy happiness, after all!
Source: Center For Disease ControlI believe one of the contributing factors is people living without the knowledge of their true calling. Life actually feels boring and uninteresting when you have no purpose, but feels different when you have discovered your true calling. Unfortunately, you cannot discover your true calling in life unless you establish a strong connection with who you really are!
What’s a True Calling?
“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” – Stephen CoveyTo be clear, let me explain what true calling is all about. It is your life’s purpose and this is very much different from your goals. Your goals are simply what you want to achieve. This could be getting a degree, a job, a new car, or having children. It is possible to pursue your current goals for the next 5 or 20 years, only to realize that this isn’t what you wanted after all. Your true calling is the entire point of your existence! It is divinely inspired and it is the core of our soul. Your true calling or life purpose, on the other hand, has a positive effect on you AND on others. It is doing or sharing something that has a strong emotional impact on yourself and impacts the lives of the people in your sphere of influence. Sometimes, this could even be denying yourself some things just to make others happier and better! To be truly happy, fulfilled, content, and most importantly, to experience inner peace, it is very important that you learn how to find your true calling. Because the truth is that until you find your life’s calling, you will never experience true happiness and ultimate fulfillment.
Do you know that discovering your purpose can help you live longer?In a study of 136,000 men and women, it was found that when people indicated a clear purpose in their lives and work, they had a 23% reduction in mortality and a 19% reduction in cardiovascular events. This study was done by Preventative Cardiologist, Dr. Randy Cohen, also a Medical Director of University of Medical Practice Associates at Mount Sinai St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
Are You Living a Life of Purpose?
“It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something” - Winston S. Churchill.Often time, when we see the icons of popular culture driving designer cars, flying private jets or living the life of fame, we think these people have arrived because they have amassed so much wealth and notoriety. This is not surprising, our culture teaches us to measure success by the wealth they've accumulated, the power they've attained, their popularity, or the status they've achieved. Yet, while it is true that these people may have reached the peak of their career – many of them still feel an emptiness inside. They feel that something is missing from their life. Live is usually filled with loneliness, lack of satisfaction, and despair when no specific purpose has been embraced. Living a life of Purpose is all about discovering your true calling and answering in every way that you can. It is about asking the life's two biggest questions; WHY and most importantly, HOW. A purpose sets the entire context for our lives. Purpose is not something that others choose for us; rather, it is something we must choose to live for ourselves. You could define purpose as the message you wish to drive in the world during your time on Earth. A life purpose is for you as far as you wish to live a more meaningful and conscious life. It doesn't matter if you are a teenager, youth, married, or already in your latter years.
A life purpose is a powerful shaping force for your life, it includes your vision, passions, core values, and the essence of who you are. It is a container in which you pour your life. It encompasses all of your life and becomes an expression of who you are when you are reaching your full potential - Centerstone.orgPerhaps, the greatest tragedy of life today is that most people are not living a life of purpose and they don't even know it. This could be YOU. You are not living a life of purpose if any of the following defines you:
- You got to the top but it feels darn lonely
- You’re not waking up excited in the morning
- Your life isn’t entirely fulfilling you anymore
- You are working in a job that you really hate
- You feel stuck in the “rat race” but don’t know the next step
When you discover your life's true calling and start living a life of purpose, you will have:
- Clarity on what is important
- Constant drive and passion
- Every morning feeling great and happy with no apparent reason
- A more meaningful life
- The feeling like nothing can stop you
- You see your efforts produce results
- Things happen more easily and obstacles don’t seem as big
- Your life becomes more satisfying, fulfilling and fun
- Ultimate satisfaction every day becomes your reward
How to Know What To Do With Your LifeWe all see our life's purpose differently. That’s because your purpose is unique and individual to you alone. You were created with a very specific purpose to be lived in your life. Of course, you have the free will to choose whether you will live it or not. Regardless, you have a strong desire in your live toward that calling. It would be impossible to list every possible option. After all, there are over 7 billion people in the world. Maybe it is about striving to stay pure in mind and deed, setting that example for others. For others it is about being of service to others. Just remember, your true calling is more about WHO you are than WHAT you do. It doesn't really matter what your calling is, there is a need to have a clearly defined and customized purpose. Purpose is not something that others choose for us; rather, it is something we must choose to live for ourselves. Irrespective of what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how to proceed, then you need to reevaluate. Some people are lucky to discover this early in life as a teenager or youth, others aren't. We see people at almost every age accomplishing great things.
Never Too Late To Find Your True CallingPeople like Harlan David Sanders, the founder of KFC started very late in life. They discovered their purpose at old age and still made an impact on their generation. Sanders started KFC when he was 65 years old. There are other stories like Sanders such as:
- Ray Kroc - Founded today’s version of McDonalds as 52-year old
- Soichiro Honda - Founded Honda Motor Company when he has 42 years old
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses - Was 76 when she drew her world-famous art on canvas
- Kathryn Joosten - Became an Emmy Award Winning Actress at 56
- Julia Child published her first world best-selling cookbook when she was 49.
- Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Was 69 when he founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
- Winston Churchill - finally became England’s prime minister at the ripe old age of 62.
Simple Steps to Discover Your PurposeStep 1: Examine and Understand What You Value Most This could be your faith, family, connection to others, generosity or something else Step 2: Write Down 10 Things That Makes You Happy and Satisfied Make a list of things that make you happy. If something comes to your mind more than once, go ahead and repeat it in your list. Step 3: Write Down What You Think Your Life Purpose Is Step 4: Ask Yourself Questions Take time to learn more about yourself by asking important questions. Mediate. Dream big and imagine yourself doing those things. Step 5: Take Action And Stop Being Afraid Fear of the unknown has made most people settle for things other than what could have given them inner peace they desire for much. Stop being afraid and take action today. Now is the best time to get started.
True Awakening: Find Your SoulYour purpose has been lurking in your background since the day you were born. Each of us is equipped with the ability to discover our purpose. It is this purpose that defines who we really are. You can do this by digging down a level deeper and following your bliss or your job. Honestly, if you don't know what that is, you still have a lot of connecting to do within yourself. You need to start asking yourself some important questions. Because if you don't know what your bliss or your joy is at this point, you really will feel even more lost and frustrated! Igniting your purpose can transform your life and may even help you live longer. To help you find your soul, discover your true calling and achieve your life's purpose, I have made a list of 10 ideas for finding your purpose in life: List of Ideas For Finding Your Purpose In Life
- Believe that you matter
- Focus more on others
- Find a way to inspire people
- Do something new every day
- Accept yourself for who you are
- Help someone reach his or her goals
- Do something that benefits others
- Live by your beliefs and values
- Follow your passion
- Make a difference