You may be reading this asking yourself “Why can’t I find my passion?” Passion is something many people spend their whole life looking for. It’s something that may change throughout your life.
The good news is it’s something you can find and when you truly understand what your passion is you can find it. It may be buried deep inside but when you bring it to the surface you begin to really live. That’s what this article is intended to do, teach you how to find your passion.
What is Passion?
Before we begin to find your passion, we need to understand what passion really means. Oxford dictionary defines passion as a strong, barely controllable emotion.
Let that sink in for a second. Do you have anything in your life that you feel that strongly about? Maybe your children and family. But does that feeling present itself in other areas of your life?
Do you have passion for your career? Are you excited to go to work or is it something you dread? How about the things you do outside of work? Are they things that keep you excited or are you doing things like lounging in front of the television just to pass time?
Why is finding your passion important?
The more passion you have in your life, the happier you will be. Doing things you are passionate about motivates you to give it your all and do the best you can.
Being passionate about something significantly increases your chances of success. Take your career for example. Career passions are a huge step toward a happy life. If you dread going into to work every day, are you going to give it your all? Probably not. Even if you try your mind is not 100% into it. Now on the other hand, if you love what you do for a living, going to work is easy and fun. It provides fulfillment in your life instead of just paying the bills. So obviously it’s going to be effortless to give your job 100%.
How to Find Your Passion
Self-reflection is extremely important in many aspects of your life. Self-reflection means taking a moment and ask yourself some questions.
- What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
- Is your life on track and where you want it to be?
- What motivates you?
- What keeps you going forward when things get tough?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
- What are my passions in life right now?
You will get the most out of writing down your answers to these questions but that is completely optional. The most important part is to get yourself thinking about this. You may not even have all the answers right now or your answers might change a bit so its vital to revisit the questions at later times.
Try New Things
The thing you’ve been looking for is likely something you’ve never done before. This means you have to get out there and try out new things. You don’t want to let your pesky comfort zone get in the way of finding your passion in life, do you?
Start small like saying hi to a stranger or even taking a different way home from work. As you become more and more comfortable outside your comfort zone, new possibilities will come your way. If you would like some more information on getting out of your comfort zone check out this article I wrote to help you seize personal growth.
Volunteering is another great way to try out new things and help out others at the same time. You never it might even be your passion to help others out. It is extremely satisfying to dedicate your time to help other people out when they really need it.
Volunteer Match is a great site for finding different opportunities to volunteer in your own neighborhood. This site is dedicated to matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skills and desires.
Give It Some Time
When it comes to change very little happens overnight. It typically takes time and dedication. Don’t get me wrong you may wake up one day and suddenly know what your passion is but it may not be tomorrow.
What Did You Want to Be as a Kid
Think about what you wanted to be as a kid. This may not still apply to the current but then again, maybe it does. It may not be something you are still capable of but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to take a part of that dream as a kid and live a part of it or support others doing it.
I can tell you like a lot of young boys I wanted to be a soldier when I was a kid. An Army Ranger or Navy Seal to be exact. When I grew up I decided the Air Force was better suited to me but if I still wanted something to do with the Army there are plenty of things out there that I can do like volunteering with veteran agencies or helping the wounded warrior program.
Friends are a great place to mine for ideas. Ask them about what their passion is or even ask them some of the questions I asked you earlier in this article. Your passion may not be the same as theirs but their passion may spur some ideas as to what you want to do in life.
If you quit looking for your passion, it’s like giving up on life. Even when you find something that you are passionate about continue to look for other areas in your life that you can add passion too. And if you get a little frustrated in your journey, don’t let it hold you back. Setbacks happen so you will have to learn to find a way to keep pushing forward and move on.
Final Thoughts On How to Find Your Passion
If you continue to look you will find your passion. Although the journey will have its ups and downs, that is the part that makes it fun. It’s a lot less satisfying when things are just given to you and we take them for granted. The important part is to enjoy the journey.
Finding your passion is all about enjoying what you are doing. Once you can do that your life will be much fuller and you will be more motivated and happier. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be bad days but the good days will far outweigh the bad days.
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