7 Subtle Signs That Show You’re on Right Track Towards Your Calling
#7. You’ll get setbacks on the way but you can’t say no to your calling
“When you come to the end of yourself is where all the interesting stuff starts.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
We set the stage of life to find our ultimate personal goal because deep within every person’s heart is a hunger to cling to certainty.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as ‘a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.’
But finding this calling in one’s life isn’t as easy as a quick google search.
When some intuitively align their interest with their calling, others like myself tap into everything of their interest to chase this calling.
The bounties of calling soak every facet of life when we discover it. I discovered the authenticity of life when I discovered my desire to write.
For a long time, I thought it’s the richness of writing life that is continuously enriching my life, but I had gotten it wrong.
The richness is the essence of calling and the world pays to anyone who finds the role he has to play in this world no matter what his calling is.
The universe is constantly forging a path towards our calling. You may not see it but behind the background, everything is working for you.
So, every step you take towards life is a step towards your calling.
7 Subtle Signs that Show You’re on Right Track Towards Your Calling
1. Your commitment is your inspiration
I’ve seen people giving up on well-settled jobs for a new, strange road. At that time I practically knew nothing about the richness of calling. Taking uncalculated risks, for that matter, didn’t make any sense to me seem but now as I’m following my vague journey, I suppose calling is riskier, and if it isn’t it’s not calling. As Oswald Chambers said,
“If a person can explain exactly where and when she was called, then she probably wasn’t called at all.”
The road to one’s calling isn’t easy but when calling beckons nothing is more painful than not answering it.
Researchers have found that people with unanswered calling face more health issues than those who don’t know theirs.
Every step we take in the opposite direction of our calling inflames the battle between heart and mind.
Jeff Goins, the author of The Art of Work, argues in his book that calling doesn’t require clarity, it requires trust — and commitment. He further notes,
“At times, you may commit to the
wrong thing, which is fine, because it’s better than the
alternative — nothing. Committing to the wrong thing is
better than standing still.”
What he wants to tell us is that clarity tends to come with action; we may not always choose the right things but we know what we are doing and this knowledge eventually helps in figuring out the right things.
There’s no map to this road; there’s no guarantee and we don’t know everything about it either, nonetheless, we choose commitment.
And, this commitment becomes inspiration — the biggest gift one can earn for himself.
Instead of giving up or looking for validation, we find ways to embrace ourselves and start again whenever life throws us off the path because we do have intrinsic inspiration.
2. It’s hard to differentiate between work life and life
When work adds colors to life, it’s hard to differentiate between work-life and life because work is life.
Thaddeus Golas, author of The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment, wrote,
“The way you see the world depends entirely on your vibration. When your vibration changes, the whole world will look different. It is like those days when everyone seems to be smiling at you because you feel happy.”
We do have unique vibrations and energies. When we uncover them, we find ways to match them with that of the world.
We disarm all the borrowed definitions of success to match our energy with our actions.
When your definition of success matches with your energy time fades away quickly. Work-life balance seems much more slippery.
A small voice in the back of the head constantly gives little reminders and ideas that we aren’t able to disconnect from work. We manage to sneak out with work whenever we can.
And, that’s how we know we have been called.
“When you lose track of the hours and work feels more like fulfillment you have found your calling.” Mary Joye, LMHC.
3. A majestic peace finds your way
When aligning our efforts in the direction of the soul’s calling, along with forging a path to the dreamy life, we start to travel within ourselves.
Our relationship with ourselves improves and that is the way to majestic peace.
As Elizabeth Gilbert narrated in her book Big Magic,
I have a friend, an aspiring musician, whose sister said to her one day, quite reasonably,
"What happens if you never get anything out of this? What happens if you pursue your passion forever, but success never comes? How will you feel then, having wasted your entire life for nothing?"
My friend, with equal reason, replied,
"If you can’t see what I’m already getting out of this, I’ll never be able to explain it to you."
When our energy reflects in our work — when our devotion shines in our thoughts — when life has a true purpose life achieves flow and majestic peace.
Each day gives a second chance as every twist seems a new beginning. And that’s when we repaint the canvas of life with majestic peace.
4. You fight back against pain through work
We fight back against the hurdles coming from inside or outside when we know our true purpose because,
‘Life is short, but the road that leads to one’s calling is long.’
Research tells people who have found their calling are much healthier than those who haven’t found theirs or aren’t following it.
Studies have found that a higher sense of purpose also correlates to reduced risks of disability, stroke, heart disease, sleep issues, and other health problems.
Sacrificing work-life balance, as I mentioned above, doesn’t hurt well-being either.
The reason is the way you cope with the intricacies of life.
I used to think too much about everything. Most of the time my inability to get out of my head did more harm than good. The balance was slippery, and I’ve had to go to great lengths to ground myself in the present moment.
But at this point, with every step towards my calling, I learn a better way to cope with my flaws.
So when you know your calling you’ll channel feelings of pains and gains into your work. Instead of fabricating emotions, you’ll reflect on them in our work.
Paulo Coelho captured the same thoughts in his book The Alchemist when he wrote,
“The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.”
That’s how we fight back against the complexities of life.
5. Your life intertwines all your other interests
We were taught to find our interest and specialize in it. Calling, however, isn’t necessarily related to our specialized interests. Though it is familiar.
The chemistry behind being happy despite disrupted work-life balance is: One’s calling does not fit in a box.
In the study, Implicit Theories of Interest: Finding Your Passion or Developing It? the scientists noted how the popular advice, “Follow your passion” does not work for all of us.
People who have had believed in following their passion were found to lose interest more quickly in areas outside their existing interests.
Furthermore, since there’s no perpetual reservoir of motivation, following one thing adds boredom to life. Quoting the study,
‘Urging people to find their passion may lead them to put all their eggs in one basket but then drop that basket when it becomes difficult to carry.’
Passion, as they say, cannot be found, it can only be developed.
When we add variety to life, by connecting all our interests, we add flavors to it — flavors that help us in living our light.
We take so many twists and turns to uncover all our interests and join them when times come. That’s the way to pure passion.
6. Magical helpers will come your way
When Tony Robbins started out, Jim Rohn was his mentor. For Oprah Winfrey, it was Maya Angelou. For Mark Zuckerberg, it was Steve Jobs.
So behind every story, there’s another story.
As George Matthew Adams said,
“There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others.
Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and our thoughts, as well as our success.”
In this fragmented world, sometimes it’s difficult to find a person who truly understands you.
But on the path that leads to calling, in every breath of air, we find help — from people who translated their soul into books to people who pour their hearts in their words to support you.
The thing is, in one way or another we find the right people, people who’d inspire and support you on your journey. One such example is the platform where you’re reading this story.
So, when you’re called, helpers are called for you too. You’re never truly alone.
“The teachers appear where you least expect it.” — Jeff Goins
7. You’ll get setbacks on the way but you can’t say no to your calling
In my journey as a writer this far, oftentimes I doubted my choice, my approach. There were many days when I didn’t write a sensible word because I thought I can’t.
I felt lost, not sure about the direction I was to go. All my planning faded behind the curtains as I wondered if I’m unrealistic for pursuing the path I’ve chosen.
But in its every aspect, Universe called me towards writing, telling me there’s no other road for me. And I couldn’t say no.
“You don’t find callings. Callings find you — and like true love, they won’t let you go. You may deny your calling for a long, long time, but callings are patient.
They wear you down like a persistent two-year-old, until you finally fall to your knees, bow down, and say, “I’m in.” — Lissa Rankin
The road to calling is marked with trials and bouts of self-doubt but there isn’t another road for the person. The only road for him/her is forward.
Highs and lows are worth it when we follow our hearts. It doesn’t guarantee everything but we live a life that had been chosen for us.
The universe is constantly forging a path towards your calling whether you have found it or not. Be curious, be persistent, and above all, be optimistic because every step you take towards life is actually a step towards your calling.
“If we walk far enough,” says Dorothy, “we shall sometime come to someplace.”― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz