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What’s Calling You? (how to know)

What’s Calling You? (how to know)

What is calling you? How do you know your calling?

Wait, what’s a “calling” anyway? A calling is anything you’re sensing as a sign of what you should be doing. It might come from an internal longing, and/or lots of external “signs” that contain a similar theme.

When I talk about callings, I don’t just mean what to do in the grand sense of life purpose. It could be what you’re called to do in this moment. You might think you should be figuring out something big, but maybe your most immediate calling is to reach out to a friend.

What do you feel called to do right now? Are you being called to go eat a healthy meal? Take a walk? Grieve a loss? Speak up at work? Start with what’s calling you in this moment.

I don’t mean you have to go do it this instant. I mean let yourself hear what’s calling you. Start with noticing it. Feel it. And maybe yes go do it too. And see what that is like.

If it’s a big thing calling you, find a tiny step (like writing it down, or talking about it with a friend) or find some help to work towards it.

What About the Big Callings?

Once you start hearing your callings in each day, the bigger life callings will be better able to get your attention. Start listening to little things and your clarity for more things gets easier.

Actually, following each small calling is the path to following your bigger calling. Doing what makes you happy leads to being more happy.

I’m going to cut this one short so you can tune in to your calling in this moment and go try it. I’m going to do the same.

Think About It

How do you know when you’re being called? Are you good at hearing it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, if you are willing to share.


This is a brilliant post by one of my heroes, Leo Babauta, author of the extremely popular blog, Zen Habits. His philosophy of living without goals, described in this “No Goals” post, is an example of following your moment-to-moment callings and how it can work for creating a meaningful life.

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Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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