One thing I know is that passion builds empires. Passion is what led Steve Jobs to return to Apple after being fired 12 years later and turn into a billion dollar company. Passion is also what led Oprah to become one the first African-American billionaires. after being told she would never make it in show business. Passion is what separates a career from a job. It also is the determining factor when deciding if you’re just living of existing.
You have to boldly seek your passions so that your purpose will ultimately show itself. Everyone has a purpose. Don’t count yourself out because you can’t choose one or you feel that you weren’t born with a passion. Some of us are born with the talent that is recognizable to the world. For instance, Ariana Grande has a vocal range that spans 4 octaves without any formal vocal training. It’s obvious she was born to sing. However, not all passions are obvious. You have a gift and can cultivate passion. Passion ties you to being committed to what you’re doing. If you love what you’re doing living for Friday’s will end.
Commitment is an important part of success. Passion is vital to career longevity. It is hard to find success in a career you’re not really committed too. Let’s be honest, are you really going to put in hard work? The path to success is a journey so pursuing a career you’re passionate about ensures you will be less likely to give up along the way.
So, we’ve talked about goals and how to take action but now we need to dig deep and find out what you are really passionate about. It is through our passions that we can learn our purpose. Some people disagree that your passion is separate from what you’re really meant to do. However, I am not going to accept that because I feel we all deserve a life of happiness.
By choosing a career that aligns with our passion and our goals we create harmony. Harmony of the mind and heart are crucial. Have you ever wanted to do something but you had a gut feeling that something would go wrong? That feeling is your mind and heart wanting and needing two different things.
A way to cut down the confusion is to visualize the life you see yourself having. Now before we start the 3 simple ways to find your passion today we need to make sure you are at a point of clarity.
Start with this exercise to start visualizing what you want.
Now ask yourself what it is that you want. Look deep into your heart. Be kind to yourself and be open to the answer you receive from within. Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your mind. Just take a moment to reflect. This process makes it a deeper experience.
Write down exactly what you saw or feel would be the right direction for you for life and career. Determine what you would have to do to become what you truly want to become.
Now that you know what you want you to know where you’re going. You have a starting place and here are three ways to help you take action and find your passion:
Tip #1. Write down a list of 10 things that you have always wanted to do.
Now please only write what you could do within a year. Once you have your list completed post it somewhere where you will see it daily. Each month attempt to do one of the goals. If you have more time, by all means, do as much as you can. You will learn more about yourself by taking action.
Tip #2. Get rid of toxic relationships and friendships.
People can hold you back and cloud your ‘lenses’ when it comes to making life decisions. Many of my clients have expressed that they don’t think they are good at something because someone told them so. For example, someone who has no business discouraging you from entrepreneurship. This could not be more wrong. The right people will lead you to better places.
Don’t let the opinions of the negative people in your life override your true desires. Sometimes to hear the true ‘inner-voice’ in our gut we have to learn to discern between the opinions of others and who you know you are. As the saying goes, “Out with the old and in with the new.” Make room for new things in your life. Remove toxic relationships that hinder you from showcasing your true personality.
Choose to only be around people who are supportive. No, that doesn’t mean stop being friends with the first person that disagrees with your dreams. Your opinion matters most but always be willing to accept constructive feedback.
Tip #3 Job shadow or intern with your career choice.
Once you completed the above exercise you have your visual reminder of what you want as well as an idea in written form. Based on what you’ve written, which career aligns with that vision? For example, if you have great communication skills and wish to work with children then maybe you could consider teaching. Don’t get paralyzed by the many career choices out there.
There is one that is right for you. The best way to narrow down the right fit is by getting hands on. You will quickly find out if that the right career for you. Life coach and entrepreneur, Marie Forleo, states the best way Is to make a list of your top choices and simply use the process of elimination.
I hope you find these simple tips helpful to give you a jump-start to finding your passion. Be open and be who you really are. You can change whatever is bothering you in your current life, whether it be a failed relationship or you hate your job, you can change it. Visualize your success and each day take an action step that will put you one step closer. It is about progress not how long it will take. Focus on the result.
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I know I left out other great methods to cultivate passion. If you have one you would like to add leave it in the comments, remember your comments could spark an idea in someone else. Additionally, your insight could save a life.
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