Do you know how to find your passion?
Have you ever looked around you and felt jealous of people who know what their passion is? It’s these same people who tell you to “follow your passion”. What if you don’t know what your passion is or how to find it? Stress no more as there are a few ways you can find your passion and become closer to the happiness you are searching for.
Finding what you are passionate about doesn’t mean it has to be for life. As we mature and grow so too can our passions. I grew up believing that I would work with young children and at one stage I did. I started a business called “Fitstart 4 Kids” and we ran kids fitness classes – Hi-5 dance classes, ball skills classes and kids style aerobics. I knew every child that walked into my centre and was proud of what I had achieved. However, the day my passion died was when one of my children was diagnosed with epilepsy and my love for watching other children grow began to fade. I wanted to bring all my energy back in and look after my own children.
So then I needed to find another passion or hobby that could potentially be my career. I fell into a few different jobs but nothing made me feel like I did when I ran Fitstart 4 Kids. What I didn’t realise at this time was I had been building up to the point I am at now. I have always loved writing and had written a couple of 80,000 word novels just because I felt like it. I started this blog because I needed a way to enjoy my writing while not interfering with my every day life. Then I realised that I got a buzz from helping people with what I had created.
My passion started to emerge and now I run a small business called “Your Ripple Effect” where I help small businesses find their online voice. There are still many days I doubt my skills using negative self talk which I wrote about recently. I doubt myself because I often don’t believe my job is actually REAL. It’s like I woke up one morning and told the world this is what I am going to do and I would like to be paid for it. I love Monday’s now as I get to sit in my office and create (oh and the kids are all at school). I know what I do is a real job and I am excited I have been able to find my passion and begin to earn an income while doing it.
Are you ready to find your passion too? Here is how to start finding what you really love to do:
- Write down what actually makes you happy. This is the easiest way to start. Don’t over think this step and write everything that makes you happy. It can be the simplest things from sitting in the sunshine while reading a book or eating chocolate in bed playing on Facebook. Your passion might be based around proofreading manuscripts for unpublished authors or creating your own line of delicious healthy treats for dogs. It doesn’t matter what you write (as it’s for your eyes only anyway) but write as many things as possible. Once you have a good list of things you love to do, start a new list of things that you hate to do. Don’t hold back here either as it helps you work out what path you would never consider taking. Refer to this list often and give yourself permission to try the things on your list.
- Start searching with an open mind. Finding your passion may not be obvious but having an open mind to what you find is the perfect start. If you believe you are never going to find your passion, then you probably never will. You can search for years, looking that one thing that ignites your passion but in the meantime you over look hundreds of potential ideas along the way.
- Explore every opportunity. Passion comes in all shapes and sizes and nothing should be over looked. Sometimes an opportunity comes your way, something quite unexpected, that may end up leading you in a direction you never thought possible. Take the time to explore every moment – good or bad, as this may help eliminate what you dislike and what makes you feel good. You can’t plan this step, it comes naturally as we live our lives but it is being aware of what is happening around you that can lead you to your passion.
- Don’t chase the money. This can lead to a false passion and often ends in unhappiness anyway. By chasing the money, you will only focus on WHAT you are doing and eventually you will lose the WHY in your life. A real passion in life can lead to success because it is what you truly believe in. It is not forced. When chasing only money, walls become harder to break through and challenges become stressful. By working hard for something we are not passionate about only causes anxiety and often doesn’t lead to what you deem as a success.
- There are no failures in passion. Finding your passion is all about learning. When you start a new experience, remove the business side of it and simply enjoy what you are doing. You will know you have found your passion when you no longer look at the mistakes you have made as failures but look at them as a learning experience. Take yourself back to when you were a child and each time you fell down, you got straight back up and tried again and again until you mastered it. Remove the word failure from your vocabulary.
Now that you have 5 easy ways to help you find your passion, start looking around you and make a mental note of what makes your heart sing and what makes you dread getting out of bed in the morning. Some people are lucky to find their passion early in life while others make many attempts over the years but eventually find what really makes them happy.
Have you found your passion in life?