Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
You’ve probably been asked this question before – “If you could do anything with your life you dreamed of doing, what would it be?”
Within seconds of formulating this dream life in your mind and speaking it, all of the reasons why you can’t have it come crashing down on you.
It’s too late.
I’m too old.
I can’t afford it.
It’s not realistic.
I might fail.
My family won’t support it.
My parents will be angry.
I can’t pull it off.
Eventually these negative voices win the mental battle, and you tuck that dream back into the recesses of your brain. Meanwhile, you continue a life of quiet desperation, going to a job you don’t like, coming home to a few hours of television, before going to bed only to get up and do it all over again day after day.
Maybe your life is a bit better than that, but are you living the life of your dreams? Are you waking up every day with enthusiasm, joy, and the sense of being fully engaged in what you are doing?
You may not believe it’s possible, but look around you at all the people who are living passionate lives. Regular people, just like you, have found a way to craft their lives around their dreams.
It is possible to uncover your life passion and find a way to make it happen in your life. I’ve seen it with hundreds of my coaching clients, and I’ve experienced it in my own life.
If this intrigues you, there are a few simple things you can do right now to get started with the process of uncovering and living your life passion.
Begin by believing that a passionate life is possible for you. Start with a blank slate, with no preconceived notions. Don’t buy in to the lies or myths you may have heard about finding your passion. Envision that your new life already exists, just waiting for you to arrive.
The journey of uncovering your life passion and then creating the steps to live it takes time. It involves self-discovery work, addressing roadblocks, research, experimentation, and planning. Give yourself the gift of an hour or two a week to pursue this life-changing work.
Our lives are so cluttered and over-scheduled that trying to fit in a passion pursuit feels like “one more thing we have to do.” Take action to simplify your life by letting go of unnecessary tasks and time-fillers. Clear the physical clutter from your life that drains emotional energy.
If you are coping with difficult emotions like depression, anxiety, anger, or low self-esteem, you need to heal these before you begin your life passion work. Get support from a doctor or helping professional to address and treat the root cause of your feelings so you have the emotional energy to devote to creating a new life.
Start with the big picture first to determine what is most important in your life. Define 5 core values for yourself that are non-negotiable. How is your current life out-of-alignment with these values?
- 6. Vision
Now that you are clear on your core values, begin to craft a vision for your life for the next few years. Look at all of the areas of your life and write out an ideal picture of what you want those areas to look like. Be sure you create your vision around your core values.
- 7. Self-Discovery
Start learning even more about yourself by exploring your personality, aptitudes, and skills. Go online to take one of the many free personality, career, and skills assessments. Review your results and research information on your personality type. Make notes about what resonates with you.
Reflect on times in the past when you were doing something that was totally fun and engaging. Think about situations when you were “in the flow” — when you lost track of time because you were so absorbed in what you were doing. Make notes about these times. There are clues here to your life passion.
Ask friends and family how they perceive you and what they see as your greatest strengths and natural abilities. The people closest to us often see things that we can’t perceive about ourselves.
As you get inklings and clues about what your life passion might be, begin researching the topic and other people who have successfully lived this passion. Learn as much as you can about your interest to gather ideas and inspiration.
Uncovering your life passion is a process of introspection, detective work, and experimentation. But the process itself can be fun and enlightening. You will learn so much about yourself and gain clarity on your priorities and deepest desires. Once you gain this clarity, you will never be able to settle for a life of quiet desperation. You will have begun your life passion journey, firmly on the path to the life you once dreamed of living.