How to Discover Your Passion (in 5 Easy Steps!)
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard "I wish I had a passion..." I would be wearing a verrrry nice pair of shoes right now.
The truth is, you do.
Everyone has a passion. Most likely you have several passions. It’s not that you do not have one, it’s that you have not identified or explored it. Without realizing, you may be choosing not to have a passion.
So, if like many others, you'd like to discover your true passion, read on.
1. Acknowledge that you already have passions
You already have passions, you’re probably just not acknowledging them. What lights you up? What aspects of your day/week/year do you look forward to the most? How do you choose to spend your free time?
Your passions could involve food, exercise, pets, travel, music or simply friends and family. By acknowledging you already have passions, you are opening yourself up to discovering your true passions. This is an important first step, and gets your mind thinking about things that you are passionate about.
2. Take time to discover your passions
If your passion isn’t apparent to you today, and you wake up tomorrow with the same activities, people, and places), how will you discover your passion?
As a child, you were exposed to new activities, new people and new opportunities. It's easy to lose this exposure as an adult. We often get stuck with the familiar. When you stay only with the familiar, you don’t give your passions a chance to surface.
It doesn’t matter if you have no idea what your passion might be. It’s important to get out and do things. Start by doing anything that grabs you or makes you happy. By trial and error, you'll start to discover the things you are passionate about, and the true passion you're seeking.
If you already have an idea, explore it. Then ask yourself how can you spend more time discovering or doing more of what you love. Think about who can you talk to about your ideas. Map out steps you can take in the next day, week, month and year, to further expand your ideas.
3. Be prepared for your passions to come from unexpected sources
Your passion could be right in front of your eyes, but if your eyes are shut, you won’t be able to experience them.
Do not get too fixated on a certain idea, or even the idea of “I must identify my passion.” Be prepared for your passion to come from an unexpected source. In everything you do, be open to hearing about new things. Look out for things in your everyday life that grab your attention.
In order to discover things, we must be open to receiving them, wherever they come from.
4. Ask other people about their passions and about you
One of your most valuable resources is the people that know you well.
By changing the activities you participate in, the people interact with and the places you go, you’ll be offered a fresh perspective, as their views will always be different from yours. Your close friends know you incredibly well. They may remember the random activity you did together on a holiday five years ago that you said you loved.
Ask them for ideas. Listen to them. Talk things through with them.
5. Believe you have a passion
If you keep telling yourself you do not have a passion, you will believe it. This is true with everything.
Just as if you were told from birth you do not have a left foot, you would believe it. Even though its attached to your left leg.
You won't discover that which you refuse to believe exists.
We have become accustomed to instant gratification. If we cannot see or get something straight away, we lose interest. Trust your passion is already within you and you just need to discover it.
So believe, take action, and be open.
Good luck and have fun!
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This post originally appeared on Katherine's website.