Wondering how to find your passion?
Many people wonder how passion can be developed. I’ve been one of those people, so today I’m sharing with you what I’ve learnt so far about this topic.
However, you’ll probably won’t find what you’re looking for by asking others what to do. You need to go on a journey to your inside first.
Please note this isn’t a post about changing careers or finding what your purpose in life is.
In this post you’ll learn about how to get to know yourself better so you feel a little less lost in life. This is about finding what drives you, what makes you feel excited and engaged.Nevertheless, finding your passions can serve as an excellent foundation for that.
HOW TO FIND YOUR PASSION
#1 Stop obsessing about finding your passion
I know how stressful it can be to feel lost. Trust me, I’ve been there. But if you get obsessed with “finding your passion” you’ll probably miss important cues. Trust the process and be patient with yourself. Also, forget about that magical “a-ha” moment that makes you realize what you were born for. It probably won’t happen.
#2 Understand that finding your passion or passions is a journey, not a destination
People can develop a wide range of passions throughout life. Instead of wanting to find that single passion, enjoy finding different things you like. Inevitably, you’ll end up improving in some of them more than in others.
#3 Keep your eyes wide open and your attention super sharp
That thing you’ve been looking for might be right in front of you. In fact, chances are you already know what you want to do. You’re just too scared to admit it.
#4 Start with the right mindset
Surround yourself with people who make a living out of their passions. Make friends with people who love their job. Get to know people who aren’t afraid to go after what they like.
This will help you see that it is, in fact, possible to enjoy what we do on a daily basis and to find something we enjoy so much, we don’t mind doing it often.
#5 Decide if you just want a new hobby
Do you want to find a new activity for your free time? Or do you want to change careers?
These powerful questions are key in the process.
If you realize you just want a new hobby, you won’t mind being patient and trying things out until you find what you’re looking for.
However, if you hate your current job and are looking for new ways to make money, searching for your passion can cause you lots of anxiety.
So, be honest about this question to know if you can just get rid of the unnecesary stress and enjoy the process, or if you need to speed it up a little so you can leave that job that makes you miserable.
#6 Join aimlief’s 31-day journaling challenge to find your passion
If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE journaling. It’s the perfect tool to vent, to keep a record of your progress, to boost creativity and, of course, to get to know yourself better.
I prepared a 31-day journaling challenge and started it myself last week. I’ve felt way more certain about my future, myself and my desires thanks to it and I highly recommend you do it with me.
#7 Network with new people outside your industry
Chances are you’re surrounded by people who do the same thing you do for a living. Network with people with jobs that are nothing like yours and ask them about what they do. You probably have no idea how many jobs there are out there.
In my experience, it was helpful to chat with different people on LinkedIn.
Also, keep in mind your dream job probably doesn’t exist and you’ll need to create it yourself; getting inspired by other people’s jobs can help you do just that.
#8 Learn from others
Do you have a friend who loves gardening and would love to teach you about it? Give it a shot!
Ask your friends or family if they’d be willing to share their knowledge with you. You’d be surprised by how many different things you can learn, plus you’ll spend time with people you like.
#9 Practice mindfulness and self-awareness
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll never find it.
If you don’t know yourself, you’ll never know what you’re looking for.
In order to uncover/discover your passions, you need to be the best at knowing yourself: your values, motivations, fears.
Practice mindfulness on a daily basis to increase your levels of self-awareness and start knowing yourself a little better each time.
#10 Understand what motivates you
Is it money? Your family? Your idea of success?
#11 Ask yourself what you’d be willing to sacrifice
You can’t have it all.
What would you be willing to sacrifice for this? Your free time? Time with your family? A portion of your savings? Sleep?
In my case, I have no problem sacrificing my free time for the greater good: I can spend Sundays writing for my blog or learning about online businesses.
#12 Figure out what you hate to do
For me, it’s been easier to figure out what I don’t like from my current job and career than actually finding out what my next path should be.
If you feel unfulfilled or if you’re ready for a change but don’t know where to star, make a list of the things you don’t like about your life now. Avoiding the things that make you miserable can guide you.
#13 Write a list of people you’re envious of and get honest about your reasons to feel that way
We’ve all felt we’d love to live someone else’s life at least for a second.
Feeling envious of others probably means you’re falling into comparison traps, which of course isn’t healthy at all and, for the sake of your mental health you need to stop doing it.
However, if you’ve caught yourself daydreaming about the lives of others, take it as a sign and analyze what you want that they have.
Go deep and be honest. Is it their looks? Their success? How satisfied they seem to be?
#14 Make a list of your skills, no matter how good (or bad) you’re at it
If you’re anything like me you’ll have a hard time trying to come up with a list of things you’re good at. At least at the beginning.
But, if you really try and focus on your skills, no matter your mastery level, I’m sure you can come up with a decent list of profitable skills.
#15 Fusion your skills in a unique way
Once you have it, start brainstorming ideas and maybe ask for help to find a relation between your skills.
Remember you don’t need to be the best at something to make a living out of it; the unique combination of skills you have is what makes you valuable.
#16 Make a list of all the new things you’d try if lack of money and/or time wasn’t an issue
What would you do in your free time if you had all the money in the world?
What would you do in your free time if you worked 5 hours a week?
Let your imagination run free!
#17 Get out of your comfort zone and try things you think you’re “bad” at
I get it.
We’re all naturally good at some things and bad at others.
But what if your desired passion is hiding behind that thing you told yourself years ago you’d never try (or try again) because you sucked at it?
If you desperately wanted to try something new or learn a new skill, failed and never tried again, it’s about time you give it another shot.
#18 Visualize your perfect day
If you could live your perfect life for a day, how would it look like?
How early (or late) would you wake up? How would your morning routine be? What would you wear? Would you own a house, an apartment? Would you live a minimalist life with little to no possessions?
Picture yourself living the life of your dreams and study every aspect of that visualization carefully.
Think about the food you’d eat, the people you’d surround yourself with, the view from your bedroom’s window, the activities you’d devote your free time to. Everything.
#19 Analyze the tiny aspects that make up your favorite moments or activities
Let’s say you were part of a dancing group once and you enjoyed it a lot, but you quit and now you miss it.
You might automatically believe that what you loved and now miss was dancing. But that’s not necessarily the case.
Maybe dancing isn’t your thing after all but you miss the sense of belonging, or the camaraderie, or the energy, or the music they used to play there.
Break down the activities you’ve enjoyed into tiny pieces like that to try to figure out exactly what you liked about them (or what you didn’t).
This will help you connect the dots later on!
#20 Find a balance between rational thinking and intuition
I’m all about being rational when it comes to big decisions, but I admit that trusting your instinct plays a vital role as well if I’m trying to find out what I really want.
Try to balance both and you’ll be on the right track and closer to your goal.
#21 Uncover patterns in your answers and behaviors
Once you’ve completed aimlief’s journaling challenge to find your passion and given it enough thought, it’s time to face the not-so-easy but still fun part: connecting the dots.
Can you recognize patterns in your answers?
Is there any skill, talent, personality trait, preference, desire, like (or dislike) that repeats itself over several answers?
Can you identify where your answers overlap?
By now, I’m 98% sure you’ll KNOW what you want. However, admitting it and facing the truth is a whole other step on its own…
#22 Beware of resistance
Place as top priority those that feel the most urgent to you. I know that deep down you’ll know which ones you need to start doing now and which ones can wait a little longer.
#24 Set a date to start
You’re almost all set to start your journey towards finding what you feel passionate about.
Even though this is a process that requires reflection and analysis, it also requires action.
If you never try, you’ll never know. So set a date to start learning and improving.
Don’t wait too long to start!