Finding your vocation, or we might say your calling, is kind of a mystery for many people, and even a myth to some. The truth is, we rarely know what we want to do with our lives until we go out there and try different things. This will not be easy and can take a lot of time, but here are some guidance to help you get a good start.
#5 Do Your Research
You might start doing a research and finding what kinds of jobs better fit your personality and interests. But let me make this clear: Unlike a job, a vocation aligns your life with the feeling of purpose, and the willingness to test yourself every day. What you really like doing that can relate to certain jobs? You might find yourself doing it more for the passion and less for the reward.
Focus on the few things that bring you joy, and seems more like pleasure than just work. Ask yourself “What is the one thing I’m really good at, that I truly enjoy, and I fell like pursuing to reach my full potential?” The job alone will rarely be the most important part of that.
#4 Let Your Vocation Find You Instead
Your job may as well become your vocation. But if doesn’t seem that way, you can always work on side-projects you always wanted to do and look for any vestige that might approach your for a fulfilling life. There is usually a connection of what you do as a vocation with a contribution with society.
You might work on that perspective when working on what you are already involved daily. You will know when you feel a satisfaction and state of accomplishment when finishing a well-done job, not only with who you are but also how you intended to be. You vocation will be the meeting point between your skills, talents and interests.
#3 Talk To People
If you are aiming a certain career, you might try to find and talk to someone related to it. It might be a professional or maybe a retiree that worked a long time, not necessarily on the job itself, but with someone really close to the selected role on his/her workplace. You might want to take notes, listen to their advices, and even follow them as your mentor.
After you’ve met a few people, you will be able to use all the information to consider a career decision. It might not turn out to be your vocation, but it shows your that you are on the right track and less likely to have deep regrets later on.
#2 Write Down A Plan
It would be a good idea to start with a plan based on what you know and deal with the possibilities with what you want it to become. One way to do this is to think like solving a problem. If there is something you can identify with problem solving, but don’t know how to start in order to solve it, this doubt itself may become your first step (research also applies here).
The most important here is when you start to look into the parts of the problem more intimately, you may learn a few more things and find yourself into that in a way you didn’t notice before, but it seems relevant somehow. This is one of the many ways to discover you vocation, but not the only one.
#1 Know Yourself Better
I think this is one of the best advices for anyone trying to find your vocation. It might as well be connected with the previous items in some way. If you are willing to take this step and pursuit it with passion, it will become pretty clear when you find your calling. Is there anything in doing what you do that makes you feel important? Makes you feel a sense purpose in life?
It doesn’t matter what others say against you, as long as you trust in yourself. Your vocation is tightly connected with who you are. It is something you can do with devotion, testing the best of your abilities and gives you a sense of fulfillment when finished. You will always try to overcome yourself, productively and successfully.
Give yourself a chance and try different things, get out of your comfort zone and explore what is unknown to you. Try to find that one thing that makes you feel alive and see yourself doing for the rest of your life, even if it might not turn out to be. People change over time, you opinions will probably change, your beliefs too. So it is normal when your professional preferences also change along the way.
“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”
– Abraham Maslow