So many times I have been asked, “How do I find my passion?”
Even though I would really love to give you the most in-depth answer, the truth is, there is no special formula of how you can find your TRUE passion.
You see, I am beyond passionate about what I do today, but do you think I knew THIS was where I was going to end up?
In one of my previous blog posts, (Simple Tips on how to grow a successful business – to be exact) I mentioned to you how I grew up wanting to be an actress but then later changed my mind and decided that I was going to be a writer for the reasons I stated. But now look where I am today!
The art of finding your passion is done by doing as much as you can. Just experiment with a ton of things. Keep trying out each and everything until you identify things that spark your interest the most and then engage deeply with those things. As you engage, if it goes from interest to true fascination, go down the path of gaining mastery.
Go and put yourself out there, make yourself so uncomfortable as you also continue to listen to your body until something feels right. LISTEN to your body because your body can know when something feels right. It will literally reject something which doesn’t align with your energy.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. ” — Oprah Winfrey
As you are seeking for your true passion, you can also ask yourself these two simple questions;
1) What would you do if you had all the money in the world?
2) What could you do for years even if you weren’t getting paid to do it?
This is probably also a good time for an important point: Don’t you ever chase after someone else’s passion. I’m very much aware that in the age of comparison, it’s so easy to get sidetracked and sidelined by falling into the Facebook or Instagram rabbit hole. Don’t confuse their passions with yours; you will get in your own way of finding your real passion.
You should make sure that you define and redefine your core values. Stay focused on understanding yourself — your motivations, your visions, your responsibilities — and you won’t find yourself on the wrong path.
However, there are no “mistakes” in this life. Every wrong turn you encounter is just an opportunity for greater things. Be looking out for that as you continue to do lots of things in an attempt to discover your true passion.
“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” — Sabrina Bryan
One of the most painful feelings in the world is living a life that you know isn’t the one that you are meant to live. Waking up every day to go to a workplace you hate but you find yourself there anyway because you probably have bills to pay or even people to support. Are you willing to live like that for the rest of your life or you would rather do something else that makes you feel alive!
“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
Before I go any further with this, I should also let you know that your passion doesn’t necessarily have to be a job or title but rather it’s your WHY. Does blogging make you feel alive!! What it is about photography that is important to you?
Now I have a confession to make; after a couple of years trying out everything and taking on every opportunity that came my way, I eventually listened to my body. And last year I made the very first important yet hardest decision of my life. I stopped studying a course that didn’t interest me, resigned from two of my jobs and let go of everything else that didn’t align with my energy. To be honest, besides working less and still earning much, I still found myself unhappy and felt lost. So I had to find my real passion. Something that I could do all my life without getting bored or even calling in to fake being sick so that I can have a day to myself. I had experimented with a ton of things so I of course already knew what was right for me. I did feel it.
Passion cannot be figured out, it can only be felt. Quit using logic to find your passion because it is an emotional process. Think less and feel more.
To cut the already short story short, I chose to focus on personal development and building a digital inspiring community through my recently founded self-improvement website. And yes aunty, now this is living.