Have you been enjoying life so far? In this blog, I’ll show you different ways to find your passion and help better improve the quality of your life. For a long time, I’ve been asking myself what my purpose is in life. It took me a long time to figure it out, but now I’ll share with you my tips on how you can find it faster so that you may be able to get started right away.
Why Passion is Important
Now you might be wondering, “Why do I need passion? I’m just doing fine anyway.” For me, it’s important because it’s where your true happiness lies. When you’re on a job you don’t love it might feel like hard work. But if you allow yourself to let your heart dictate what you’re going to do in life, it will feel more fulfilling and rewarding. You can spend more than 12 hours developing your passion and will not feel like work.
In reality, most people let life control themselves rather than them taking control of their lives. That’s what Stephen Covey tells us about being proactive in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Understand that passion is one of those choices that you have to make and not entrust to other people (even your loved ones). Also, if you look at the greatest people that lived on this planet, all of them value the importance of passion in the pursuit of success and happiness.
Sources of Passion
Now let’s get to the meat of our lesson. If you can’t seem to find what you really love doing, I suggest you look at the following sources of passion and try to seek inspiration from it. There are lots of creative ways on how you can find your passion, my advice would be to open your mind and heart to the possibilities around you while searching for it.
Notice that I included the “heart” and not just the mind. That’s because passion is mostly emotional and partly mental, it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing bad or hitting it big. For as long as your desire is burning from within, you can be massively successful with anything you commit yourself into.
- Your Present Hobbies, Skills, Talents, or Interests
What are you doing right now that you spend most of your time with? Maybe you are painting, fishing, playing the piano, training dogs, or learning the latest fashion trends. It might be your typical 8 to 5 job which takes up most of your time. When you wake up from bed, you look forward to attending to that passion again and again. Determine where you’re good at and capitalize on that talent or ability everyday to make sure you’ll achieve success.
- The Things You Spend Your Money On
If you’ve been spending a lot of money on books, then it’s likely that you are passionate about reading. When you’re frequently ordering pizza it must mean that you love eating pizza or you’re a food lover. Having a large collection of CDs and DVDs must mean that you love music or movies. To find out, make a list of your recent purchases in the last two months or so and determine your largest expense (don’t include taxes and living expenses). You might discover your hobbies or interests by doing so.
- The Subjects You Love Learning in School
If you excel at mathematics or science, chances are you like to think critically and logically. Being excellent at music and arts must mean that you are the artistic type and that you like to create things. If you love literature and writing, you must be a linguistic type of person and you will make a great novelist or poet. To help find your passion using this approach, take Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and assess yourself. Most likely, your passion lies in your most powerful intelligence.
- Things that Spark Your Curiosity
I’m an engineer by degree but I have great interests in running a business and doing it online. Normally I just let my mind wonder off and pursue any subject or interest I want to learn regardless of what others say. That is another way of finding your passion. Don’t limit yourself to what you currently know, it might be that you haven’t discovered it yet. So keep an eye out by learning new things everyday and guess what, your passion might show up in the process.
- The People You Are Following
Who are the famous people you’ve been following at present? Are you following Lebron James or Kobe Bryant? Do you find inspiration from Tony Robbins or Grant Cardone? Are you updated with the latest news about Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton? Do you often watch child prodigies playing different musical instruments? Whoever it is you’re following reflects much about you and what your interests are. By monitoring the amount of time you spend on learning about these people, you will have a clue about what your passion is.
- Your Social Circle of Friends
What you do together with your friends will most likely be for fun, and that’s a sign that your excitement lies in there. Enumerate five of your friends whom you spend most of your time with and list down the activities that you do together. Find out which are the most enjoying ones and that takes up the most time. For example, I happen to belong in a social circle of friends who love to eat while bonding together, surely it would make sense that I love eating as well.
- Places You Go To
Another great tip is to identify the places you love going to. If you are staying at fashion boutiques checking for new designs of clothes or shoes, then you must have a taste for fashion. Eating quite often at McDonalds or Burger King indicates a craving for burgers. Regularly going to the gym means that you know different kinds of exercises and various gym equipment. If you travel around the world and visit different tourist spots, then you must love traveling.
Remember, It Only Takes ONE to Get Moving
Given the list of ideas on where to look for your passion, now it’s time for you to discover the best passions to specialize on. I would suggest that you only take ONE and get started right away. Having multiple things to focus on will divide your attention and you will not make the best out of your time. This is usually a problem for beginners who tend to follow their curiosity more instead of prioritizing on a single thing.
If you still can’t find one that fits you, it might be that you are forcing yourself to do it. My advice is to always let everything flow and find your passion while you’re in a natural state. Don’t be too conscious of your surroundings to the point that you’re pressing yourself too hard. Find time to relax first before resuming your hunt.
But what if for instance, you discovered a passion but realized that you were not meant for it after some time? Then change it! I don’t stick to doing things that I don’t love doing, it’s a waste of time. Keep finding your passion and purpose in life and feel free to experiment on things for a while until you can finally settle on something that is very fulfilling and rewarding and one that doesn’t feel like work.
Good Passion and Bad Passion
I believe that there are two kinds of passion: Good Passion and Bad Passion. I will create an article for this in the future, but for now, let’s just say that passion should be looked upon carefully. If you don’t understand this, then that’s fine. But here’s the deal:
The Best Passion is usually the one that serves the “Greatest Value” for others.
What value means here is the impact that it can create on others. There are many ways for value to be seen. It can be helping other people, earning lots of money, winning a championship trophy, building a loyal fan base and so much more. If for instance, none of these seem applicable to you, then it’s a Bad Passion.
Like for example, if you’re playing computer games and it isn’t helping at all for your family, then it’s a Bad Passion. However though, there is a way to make that passion a good one like creating a YouTube channel and creating gameplay videos and commentaries. Another suggestion I can think off is you start a blog which is solely about that particular game and build your follower base.
So what’s the point in all of this? The message I want to convey to you is to make the best out of your time here on Earth. You only have one life, so I don’t want you to waste your time on things that don’t provide value at all. Yes, you may be passionate, but if you’re the only one enjoying it and nobody else, then it makes no sense.
My Final Word
There are many ways to find what you love doing. The reason why I’ve given these tips is to make sure you have a guide that you can follow to help speed up the process. Once you are sure with your choice, I strongly recommend that you commit all the way. Make sure to check if the passion will provide tremendous value for you and for others as well. If you’ve done these steps right, then another thing you might consider is to learn how to monetize it. In that way, you could better grow your value and further strengthen your passion.
Have you found your passion? How did you find it? Is that passion the one that works best for you? Share them by leaving a comment below and let’s talk about it.