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Passion. Follow your Passion. Your Passion is your Purpose. Do it With Passion or Not At All.
These quotes are meant to be inspirational, and I see them all over my Facebook and Pinterest feeds every day. For some reason, those of us who want to be successful in life put a lot of emphasis on finding a “passion”, or a thing that we feel so strongly about that we need to do it. Those who have a career that aligns with their passion are typically happier and more successful with their lives.
But what if you don’t have a passion? What if you have no idea what your passion should be, or where to start to find your passion?
While some of us know without asking what our passion in life is, for many of us this takes time, research, and soul-searching to figure out. Here are three things you must do to find your passion, especially if you fall into the “I have no idea what my passion is” category of people.
3 Steps To Begin Finding Your Passion
This is number 1, and it’s here for good reason. Self-Assessment is hard work, but it’s probably the most important step in finding out what your passions are. You’re going to need to ask yourself some hard questions and be open enough with yourself to answer them truthfully. Here are a few questions to get you started:
What do I enjoy doing more than anything else in the world?
Where do I see myself in 3 years? Is that where I want to be? If not, how do I change my path?
I’ve done self-assessment in a number of ways, from online courses to books, to plain old journaling. One of my favorite ways is to take a day to work through The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. I do this yearly to gain insight into my passions and my goals for the year.
Set Clear Goals
Yep. Goal setting. This is not a buzzword people! Goal setting is one of the most important steps in any process. Once you have the answer to the questions above, you need to make a plan to get to the place where your passions can thrive.
Make sure your goals are attainable and measurable and that you write them down so that you can keep track of them. It’s not enough to just know what you want, you have to know how to get it too.
Research and Learn
Use any resources you can find to learn more about the topics that you’re passionate about. If you love to bake, take a cake decorating class, and subscribe to the feeds of your favorite baking bloggers. If your passion lies in helping people with a certain skill, make sure that you are an expert in that topic and build authority with your own website and social media accounts.
If you’ve truly identified your passion, this part will be easy. Learning about your passion will be fun and enjoyable, and bring you joy!
As you go through the process of finding your passion, remember to be kind to yourself. As I mentioned, this can be a very difficult soul-searching expedition. Beware that you will likely drag up negatives about yourself in the process. This is OK! Dealing with these unperfect aspects of you is important to finding the parts of you that are amazing and should be amplified.