Finding your passion is can be a daunting task for some and easier for others….
From personal experience, I think I over complicated the whole matter. After years of searching I finally discovered that it was sitting right under my very nose….for the rest of you out there still trying to “figure it out”, it doesn’t need to be complicated, overwhelming or stressful if you just put your focus on the following:
What did you enjoy as a child?
If you go back to when you were young, what naturally brought you joy before the pressures of growing up, life, expectations etc. kicked in? You might want to revisit some of those things.
For example, when I was younger I loved to create, I was always being a little entrepreneur and I had created my own little newspaper and magazine for awhile too 🙂 This very much translates into what I am doing today- I have my online blogging and I get to create what I want in ways that make me feel like I am utilizing my personal creativity and self expression.
I also remember having my own cooking show- which is interesting because I am starting up my YouTube channel!
What do you naturally gravitate towards?
What are your current interests already? Is it food? Health and Fitness? Cars? All of those things?
I literally remember when it hit me like a ton of bricks discovering that my passion is health/fitness/wellness/personal development. I was on the phone in the middle of a Real Estate related phone call (for those who do not know I used to be in Real Estate) and I remember looking around me, I was dealing with “another situation” and I noticed all of the self development books that surrounded me. And then I looked at the number of Real Estate books I had- minimal.
It resonated with me.
It got me to do some deeper thinking and some more self reflection, and that is when I decided to study hypnotherapy (as I had my own positive experiences with it) which led me onto this new path… and here I am! Total coles notes version but let me know if you want the longer version.
Start with a wide net and then narrow it down- if you want!
Have fun exploring and discovering what you like/dislike- if you don’t try it how do you know? As mentioned above I discovered that my passion was self development. But within that I am also interested in the human mind, health and fitness and overall wellness… I have other interests and passions too. I am spiritual I love tarot cards… and lots of other still you will find hanging out in my blog and on my channel. Nobody said you can only have one passion or you need to be totally sure and pick just one thing and be so precise.
And if somebody said that then… just toss that idea out the window and stick with mine- it’s much more fun =p
What books are you reading?
Again, with my own personally discover case in point chances are if you are drawn to a particular part of the bookstore or even types of websites it might be a clear sign that you are interested in something. I know that for some this is a simple fact- but it totally floated over my head for several years.
Surely I cannot be the only one.
What are you good at?
If you are naturally inclined to be good at something, chances are you will enjoy it more. Plus maybe there is a reason why you are naturally good at it- perhaps these natural gifts are meant to be shared with others. Like anything, true mastery takes time, patience, and practice. Unless you can quantum jump… I can do a post on that at some point.
Anyways, if you open your eyes to what you can do it might show up in the most interesting of ways- for example I am a natural “intuitive cooker” in such that I never bother with recipes or if I do I just follow them for ideas. Not everyone is good at doing that. SO… I am thinking I should do some videos on YouTube and have a little cooking show happening. See how that happened?
The bottom line…..
The more that you go down the path of self discovery and self awareness, the easier it will be to know what brings you joy, fuels your being and gives you purpose. You will be able to uncover your passion, or passions.
But also just remember that it is okay to be in a place of not knowing yet- enjoy the journey. Explore, play, have fun. This lifetime is short so don’t take it too seriously.