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Find the Passion Within You

By David Gowans on May 23, 2016

What is it that drives you? What is it that makes your heart race? What is that passion locked away inside of you, bursting to get out, if only you didn’t have so many other things to do today? Or another way to look at it – what would you be doing with your life if you had say, £25k paid into your bank account every month forever? This takes the pressure off a little and helps you think of things that you wouldn’t normally have thought were possible.

We all have a passion, some people however don’t know what it is. But deep down we do know what our passion is. Life can be tough and these days it seems to rush past at a hundred miles an hour, so it can be difficult to actually stop and think about yourself. Too much work, more overtime required, kids have activities tonight, bills to pay, tv to watch, new stuff to buy, less food to try, are all reasons why we put things off. “I’ll focus on me once I finish this, or once that happens” people say to themselves.

Unfortunately with life’s pressures, money plays a factor and people feel helpless to do what they truly love – what they were born to do. The busyness of life closes the mind and prevents that creative flair breaking through. The following process may just help you when searching for the passion within.

  1. List down your talents

Think about the thing that you have a natural aptitude for, and that you enjoy. Forget about what you are good at but don’t really like doing so much. Think about the things that you have a flair for that spark joy or can happily occupy you. Identifying things you love that you’re good at is a great way to reveal potential passions. Don’t be concerned if what you love isn’t practical or doesn’t seem a good idea for making a living. That part comes a lot later.

It should also be noted that you don’t have to be good at something for it to be a passion. You don’t have to ever earn a penny of income from it either. Talent can simply be a clue. When it comes to your passions, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy them.

  1. Follow your excitement

Do you remember what you enjoyed as a child? A child will be fully present in the moment playing their game until they are done with it and then will quickly move on to the next thing without even thinking about it. Kids are naturally in tune with what excites them. You need to rekindle that relationship with your inner child and play with one thing to the next and see what comes up for you along the way.

When you follow your excitement, you’ll find that the path often changes – and that’s a good thing. While some of the experiences that excited you as a child or teenager may still be going strong, there are others that you may have lost your passion for, and that’s okay. It can be difficult to let go of things, especially if a part of your identity is wrapped up in them. Let go of your old passions, make a new list and you will make room for your true excitement to express itself.

 

  1. Focus on a theme

Once you have found something that excites you, then focus on that theme:

Sports

Music

Teaching

Art

Business

Travel

Philanthropy

and so on…

Whatever it is that excites you, it will be part of an overall theme that you can connect it with that will help you learn how to discover your passion in life. The truth is that many of you are probably already doing something that is your passion but because of how society defines a “career,” you have (without knowing it) discounted it not realising that you already found it but have minimized it thinking that “There is no way I could make money from doing this”. You would be amazed at how much your subconscious rules your life without even knowing it.

  1. Have fun, make it an adventure

From my experience I witness people putting too much pressure on themselves to find their passion, as if it will finally make them happy. Instead of relaxing and making it fun, they become too attached to the outcome and don’t allow the creativity to flourish.

When you deliberately open yourself to noticing things you might enjoy doing, don’t be afraid of getting it wrong. Life is an adventure, always learning and growing as you go, and a lot of the time through results that didn’t quite go to plan. So keep trying new things, have fun, and learn along the way!

  1. Make it happen

So now that you have worked out what your passion is, the next step is working out how will you go about making the changes in your life so that you can live your passion. You can start surrounding yourself with the type of people that share your passions, join a new club, go for lessons, go back to college. More importantly is to change how you balance your working life, unless of course your passion is your job (in which case you’ve probably already solved this!). Despite what many people may tell you, you don’t need to work every hour under the sun. You can do things smarter, prioritise, and spend time on the things that really matter. That should free up some time to put towards your dreams.

When you find your passion in life, it might turn out that you want to start your own business. In working life, you are either fulfilling your dream or supporting someone else’s. Don’t let the fear of starting your own business scare you into not trying. With technology, you live in a time that is easier to take your idea and turn it into a business, so why not Find the Passion Within You?

Peace and Good Vibes

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