What’s Calling You?

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, or lots of external messages that contain a similar theme. Often it comes from internal and external signals at the same time.

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 call 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.

What About the Big Callings?

Once you start hearing your callings in each day, the bigger life callings will be better able to reach you. Start listening.

Actually, following each small calling is the path to following your bigger calling.

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

Think About It

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


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 essentially another way of following your moment-to-moment callings.

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