How to find your passion
Some people have a burning passion that they follow throughout their life and they were lucky enough to have found it when they were young. If you’re not one of them, it’s because for you, finding your passion is about unravelling and growing it. Don’t expect it to jump at you from out of nowhere, all big and shiny, because you will get disappointed. The truth is that you need to plant its seeds and cultivate them. If you do this with love, before you know it, you’ll look back and you’ll realise that you’re already living your passion!
The good news is that you’ve already planted the seeds of your passion all throughout your life. The bad news is that up until now you haven’t given them the attention they require to grow. You may have ignored them if you gave up an activity you used to love as a child, if you’ve always done what other people thought you should do or if you always postpone doing that thing you love because you’re so busy. Those seeds will try to come out but if you stop doing what you love because you’re told that you’ll never be good enough or that you can’t make a living out of it, you’ll be stifling them.
The other good news is that its never too late to grow your passion; it will always try 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 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 some of the seeds that will grow into 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, leaves you feeling energised and 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 someone else 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, they exude 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 open to receiving what you love in your life, including your passion.
What is one thing you enjoy you can start doing more of from now on?