You’ve heard it a million times – Follow your passion!
But what the heck does that mean? What is “a passion” – and where do you find one?
Many years ago I was watching an Oprah show and she talked about a workbook that could help you find your passion. A workbook that I could buy, and with a little time invested, would help me find my passion and lead me to my happiest life ever.
So, as you can imagine, I bought that workbook as fast as I could. I’d love to share the title with you if I could remember it, but as you probably already figured out, it led me nowhere.
Here’s what happened. Every day – every single day – I sat down with a pencil and that book and worked diligently to find my ever elusive “passion.” I evaluated and read and labored over every single exercise. Then, when I got to the end, the book stated: “Now that you know what your passion is…”
Wait! What??? When did I figure that out? After all this time and work and concentration, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had no idea what my passion was. Frustrated and exasperated, I threw the book away.
Now, many years later, I can honestly say that I have found a career that I am passionate about. Being an Inspirational Speaker has brought me joy greater than I ever imagined. Are there parts of my job that I’m not that crazy about – absolutely. But I look forward to getting up each morning and facing the day.
So, if you’re struggling to find your passion, here are a few tips that helped me. Answer these questions as best you can, and use a pencil, because your path of discovery will constantly change:
- What are your real interests. Make a list of what really brings a smile to your face.
- What is boring to you? Again with the list – figure out what you dread to do.
- What do you consider meaningful? The environment? Helping people become their best selves? There are no wrong answer here. No one, including yourself, is judging you.
When you can overlap your interests with your purpose, you are on the right track. Figuring out the answers to the above questions will get you headed in the right direction. The key is to START. Now go find that passion!