Are you trying to find your passion in life? Your reason for getting out of bed every morning?
If so, you are not alone, many people are attempting to discover their passion every day.
In fact, it’s become so important that I'm going to be digging into your passions and how to use them to live with purpose for the next couple weeks.
You see, on May 11-13, 2021, there is a conference happening called The Purpose Summit. I am very excited for this summit for several reasons, but I’ll get to that later and in future posts.
Back to discovering your passion!
I think people believe the adage “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” After all, the allure of never working a day in your life is hard to ignore! Of course, nothing is ever that simple, but the core of the adage is that you need to love what you do.
And that love has to be so soul-filling that it sustains you when things aren’t going so well. Which, I guarantee you, will happen, even if you love, love, LOVE what you do!
So, this article is a first step on the path to purpose, and that is asking yourself some questions to dig into what are your passions.
Why is it so difficult to recognize what your true passion is? You’d think that would be easy, wouldn’t you? Ah, but we humans love to let our big ol’ brains overthink things.
It really isn't that difficult to identify your passion, though. One easy way to do this is to ask yourself some questions. While thinking about them, I encourage you to tame your brain and not analyze too deeply... yet.
Let's take a look at a few examples here and what I put on my list when I did this exercise in preparation for retirement and starting my own business.
What do you do outside of work?
This should give you a good insight of what your hobbies and interests are.
OK, easy enough to start.
I like to walk outside (not a treadmill kind of gal, which is tough living in Michigan!). I like to research my family history, read fiction books, and garden. I love dogs and treasure the dog I have. I also like to organize things in my house (yes, I consider this fun). And if I spend too much time at your house, I’m going to want to organize that too!
What one thing do you do whenever you get the chance?
This will identify those things that you feel more passionate about.
Well, I probably spend the most time reading (aforementioned weather in Michigan…) and most actions I take are through the filter of the effect it will have on my dog (please remember that I am an empty-nester – I love you kids!).
Another thing I do whenever I get the chance is go to Europe. I love the sense of history and the architecture of the capitals, and then the quiet, quaint villages in between the cities.
What makes you feel excited?
This is normally associated with those things that you are good at, mainly your talents and your gifts.
I’m excited when I get to facilitate a workshop. Feeling good is contagious and when I make others feel good via coaching or a workshop, I feel good too. I get really excited when I get to give a speech – I know a lot of people hate public speaking, but, man do I get excited! Or maybe that’s nervous…but the good kind of nervous. All I know is that after a workshop or a speaking gig, I am pumped!
Remember The Purpose Summit that I mentioned above? I’m going to be a speaker at it! I’m going to be talking about Finding the Courage and Developing the Plan to Fulfill Your Purpose! So excited! If you are at all interested in attending virtually, email me at [email protected] and I will send you a code for $100 off the virtual price – which is a great deal considering what you're getting, even at full price!
What makes you feel more confident?
You may find that talking, writing, singing or art makes you feel this way. Again, these are things that you know you are good at; therefore, you feel confident. You don't have to think twice about doing them.
I’m a pretty confident writer and speaker. Of course, that could be because of practice over the years. But that’s probably true with anything, right? I’m very confident in my spaghetti sauce and chicken soup recipes, as well.
What would you do if you weren't earning money from it?
Again, this signifies your passions. You aren't in it for the money; you truly love doing it and just want to spend your spare time enjoying yourself with this task.
Well, it’s a function of my personality, but I organize things all the time. I can enjoy myself immensely and I feel a payoff, not in just getting it done, but the journey along the way.
I also like walking my dog, especially in more natural settings. Could do this for hours – which some days I do!
What one thing or item would you like to change in the world?
Your answer here could be a multitude of things including providing better drinking water, helping underprivileged children, or to stopping an animal species from becoming extinct. But it also doesn't need to be big or dramatic.
I’ve definitely been drawn to donate and volunteer for animal causes and the environment ever since I was a youngster. I guess that what I would change is that humans show more respect for our planet and the plants and animals that share it with us.
What do you do in your spare time?
You probably spend time developing one of your hobbies or talents. You may spend this time writing, creating music or exercising, as examples.
Well, I enjoy personal development so I’ve picked up a lot of things that I now make part of my daily routine. Things like journaling, meditating, yoga were all things I researched thoroughly before I really got into them. I mean, seriously, do you know how many kinds of yoga there are? How was I supposed to know which class to go to without researching them?
What makes you smile?
All those things that make you smile are things that you love and enjoy doing. Of course, it doesn't have to be an item. Spending time with your grandchildren or visiting a senior home can be other things that put a smile on your face.
This list is pretty long and includes much of what I’ve already covered, but the top ones are talking with my children, my beautiful German Shepherd cocking her head to the side when I make a howling noise at her, the TV show The Big Bang Theory, finding a bit of information on a long-dead ancestor that I never knew before, and touching the stones of an ancient building and “listening” to it.
Go through this list and start writing down your answers. From here you want to see if there is one thing that gets repeated again and again. If so, chances are that this is your passion. That one thing that you love to do or want to do whenever you can.
Your next step is to simply start making time for it, and, yes, you can if you truly want to. It might not be something to make a career out of, or it just might be if you put your creative mind to it! Who knows, strange things happen all the time!
But whether your passion is part of your career path or not, doing things that you are passionate about will help in all aspects of your life. It’s like one of those anchoring spoke webs on the elaborate spider web of your life.
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far, I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” Dave Barry