How To Find And Live Your Passion
Your passion is the reason you wake up early in the morning feeling so excited , and just the thought of it can keep you up late with so much joy in your heart . It could be feeling of satisfaction, knowing you’re living life on your terms not because of what others think of you. Some people are so lucky to have their passion easily mirrored in their lives and thoughts. However so many others (maybe including you) struggle to find what their passions are. I will take you through the process of finding and living your passion.
Self Awareness And Examination
Think about what motivates your decisions. Do you really know who you are? Most people would say yes to this question but in real life situations, they act differently. Many often end up listening to their “social selves,” the part of your personality that wants to fit in and follow rules. For instance, a lawyer must be in the lawsuit and if one decides to do otherwise, he would be seen as a failure. While it’s healthy to want to be part of a larger community, if you end up basing all your decisions on what other people think is right for you, you’ll end up feeling like you’ve missed your purpose.
This can make you feel unhappy and dissatisfied with your choices because they are coming from a place of guilt and fear, rather than choice.
Try thinking about what you want to do, not what you feel you “should” do because someone else has told you that you should do it.
“Passion” comes from authenticity, feeling like you’re honoring yourself in your decisions rather than trying to be or satisfy someone else. This is highly personal, and no one else can tell you what feels “authentic” to you; only you can decide that.
Figure out your core values.
Your values are your core beliefs in life. They can be religious or spiritual, but they can also be reflective of your personality and what most satisfies you. Research has shown that when you aren’t living in accordance with your values, you can feel unhappy and unmotivated. You may also procrastinate more because you don’t find your activities meaningful.
It could be quite stressful to figure out what you value in life if you’ve never given it much thought — or if others’ needs and desires have always taken priority over your own needs. Take some time to examine your past experiences and think about what made you feel “good ” and what doesn’t about your life.
Do some self evaluation. Many people have never sat down to really think about what their values.
Think about times when you felt happiest. What made you feel so? Was it someone or an event or situation? Why do you think that event or situation contributed to your feeling of happiness? What can you do to bring that feeling into other areas of your life?
Think about times when you felt fulfilled and satisfied. What needs or desires were fulfilled?
Are there any topics that get you fired up when you think or talk about them? What do you think affects you about these topics?
Consider what you would save if your house was on fire (and all your people were already safe). What do they mean to you? What does that say about what’s important to you?
If you could change just one thing about your family, business, community, workplace, neighborhood, or even the world what would you change and why would you change it?
Think about what you love to do.
Take a look at your life and see if you’re already doing something that you love — but just not doing it very often. Trying to figure out what you really love to do and channeling it in a productive way that turns it into a passion can help you explore your heart’s desires. Here are some of the things to ask yourself.
What are my goals(purpose)?
What do I do often?
What do I keep on trying to do even when it seems very difficult ?
What draws my attention the most?
If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be?
What do I love to do?
What would I do, even if I didn’t get paid to do it?
What makes me feel like nothing else exists?
What activity makes me feel completely authentic?
What makes me feel “right” or “beautiful” or “connected”?
Think of your childhood dreams.
This is different from making a list of all of the things that make you happy. You will have to write down all of those things you’ve always dreamed about, but haven’t done because you don’t have the time, the money, or because they seem impractical or even slightly scary. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What is the one thing I have always dreamed about, but never got to do?
What did I want to do when I was a child?
Do I have an impractical dream that I once abandoned?
What do I love reading or daydreaming about?
Is there something I’ve been afraid to try because it takes me out of my comfort zone?
Is there something I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t done because of financial fears?
Is there something I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t tried because I’ve been afraid I’d fail or just not be very good at it?
Is there something that someone I know does that thrills me?
What would I do if I had no constraints?