How to find your passion
Before you embark on this endeavour, you need to know that your passion won’t jump at you out of nowhere. Many people expect to bump into something big and spectacular so they end up feeling disappointed. You can avoid it if you stop ignoring or dismissing the clues. You may have done that if you’ve always put other people’s wishes before yours, if you always put work ahead of enjoyment, if you gave up an activity you used to love as a child. Also, if you stopped doing something you loved because you were told by someone once that you’ll never improve or because they said you can’t make a living out of it, it may be that you’ve been missing some of those signs. The good news is that your passion always tries to speak to you because it wants to be expressed. It will attempt to do so in many ways. One of them is through your interests and the other one is through your skills.
Start with your interests
Most passions start out as a curiosity or as an interest for something, a topic, a book, a social cause, a life experience, etc. Of course, there are many things in your life that you’re interested in but, some of them have left a stronger impression than others. It may be because they give you comfort when you do them, because you’ve learnt something useful from them or because they represent something you’re drawn to. Either way, they are clues that may point you towards your passion.
If you could go to 5 classes or events (workshops, talks, retreats) this year, which ones would you go to, or what would they be about?
What topics do your think/ write/ talk about most often?
What hobbies or interests would you take if you had more money? Freedom? Time?
Be a verb, not a noun
Finding your passion is not just about knowing what it is, but also about acting on it. Although the word passion is a noun, it actually refers to an activity you’re good at, that makes you lose track of time when you do it, that leaves you feeling energised, that you’d like to keep doing even when you don’t have to. It’s not always easy to know what you’re good at because most of us don’t realise that we’re good at something until others tell us so. We kind of imagine that everyone can do what we do. So we take ourselves for granted. And we miss a potential clue to our passion.
What activities make you feel really useful, alive and strong?
In terms of things that you do, when do you feel most like yourself?
What do you do when you don’t notice time passing?
What are your three favourite strengths?
Passion is a feeling but it’s also an energy; people who live their passion spend a lot of time in this state of high energy. They appreciate what they have a lot of the time, they have a playful attitude towards life, they remember to relax and they spend a lot of time getting better at what they do. You might say: “Well of course they are in state of high energy – I would be too if I’d found my passion.” That’s true, but remember that you can start doing some of those things now: you can go ahead and express more appreciation for your life, you can spend more time doing something you’re interested in or you can just have a laugh more often. You’ll not only be happier overall, but you’ll be more likely to be open to receiving more of what you love in your life, including your passion.
What is one thing you enjoy you can start doing more of from now on?
P.S. If you need some support and encouragement on your way to finding your passion, book a free introductory session with me! Sharing your thoughts with someone who listens without judgement can make a huge difference.