In this second article in our Passion, Purpose & Accountability series, we are going to explore several fun ways to find your passion.
“Follow your passion” is familiar advice, but the hardest part about following these words of wisdom is discovering what your passions really are. If you are struggling to figure out what lights you up inside, here are three new and different ways to find out what you want to be doing with your life.
Discovering your passion starts with the right attitude, though. Before starting on this journey, be sure you have the right mindset, including remaining open to all the possibilities that are available to you. You can do what you love with your life, but you have to be open to figuring out what that might be, even if it is not something you have previously considered.
#1. Look for Evidence
Now that you have the right outlook, it’s time to start digging. Think carefully about all your experiences, including those you do every day or occasionally, the things you did once, or those things that you’ve never done but keep thinking about trying. As you consider those that really rank high on the “happiness” meter when you think about them, consider what it is that you most enjoy about it.
Finding your passion is not about replicating fun experiences in your life. Instead, it’s digging deeper to figure out which part of your brain, heart, and soul were triggered by that opportunity. Did you enjoy the novelty, being a leader, helping others, or meeting new people? Make a list of all those components that make your experiences stand out in your mind. These are your passion markers or the ingredients to finding the perfect recipe for finding your passion.
#2. Ask Better Questions
When thinking about what really interests you, it’s essential to ask the right questions. For example, think about the times when you go all day and forget to look at your phone. What were you doing that held your interest and attention for that long? What were the things you loved to when you were younger? These are often passions you had at an early age that could still be sparked and cultivated.
What activities do you do that allow you to focus entirely without getting bored? What type of experiences will enable you to meditate or be fully present while experiencing them? What really gets your heart racing when you think about doing it again? Finally, what would you do if money did not matter at all? These kinds of questions can help you discover your passions and capitalize on your interests and talents.
#3. Divide Hobbies from Possible Careers
There may be a lot of things you really love doing with your life that won’t become profitable careers. That doesn’t mean you should neglect or ignore these passions; it just means that your work may not be your passion. If you want to turn your passion into a way to contribute to the world as well as make some money from it, you will need realistic expectations about what you can and cannot expect regarding the ability to earn an income. Not every passion equates to a job or business, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for it in your life. Or, if you want to use your passions, you may need to add new skills to your skill set to create a job or a business for yourself.
Finding your passion in life allows you to unlock the potential to true happiness and fulfill your dreams. When you engage in work or play that brings you passion, you never think about the hard work or sacrifices you have to make to do so. So, get busy finding your passion today!
"My circumstances are not who I am. I am on the path to my perfect future."
This article is part 2 of our Passion, Purpose & Accountability series. If you missed the previous article, you can read it here:
Article 1 - Why Finding Your Passion is More Important than Making Money
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