It isn’t difficult to find your passion in life but it does take courage.
Your heart already knows what you want. It’s nudging you towards your dreams every day and sending you subtle clues.
These clues come in the form of the things that excite you, focus your attention and make you happy.
Sadly, too many of us ignore these clues.
We stuff them deep within us and carry on doing our day job because it pays our bills.
I know that money is a necessity and you need to earn an income as you build your dream.
But if money is the only reason you slog through a job you dislike with no exit plan in sight then it’s never going to be enough.
Because passion is the greatest motivator of all.
Passion helps you tap into your unique gifts and talents. It pushes you to grow and develop your skills and live a meaningful life.
In short, passion is the key to happiness.
If you’re reading this then I’m guessing that you crave change. You want to live a happier and more fulfilled life. You want to spend more time doing what you love.
But you’re probably scared and confused about where to start. You’re wondering if you’re good enough, right?
We all have stuff come up when we’re about to do something new. Fear is part of the journey and affects us all. But wishing and wanting won’t get you anywhere. If you’re serious about starting a business around your passion then you have to stop dreaming and start taking action.
You have to be willing to take the first step and find your passion.
Fortunately, this is easier than you might think.
Find Your Passion In 3 Simple Steps
1. Slow Down
For most of us, life moves at a frenetic pace.
Your week starts on Monday but before you know it, it’s Friday already.
You’ve spent most of that time rushing to meetings, multi-tasking, working on urgent tasks and clearing your to-do list that you’ve forgotten what normal feels like.
But you won’t find your passion in life while you’re in this state. You have to make a conscious decision to get off the hamster wheel, slow down and take some time out to reflect.
One of the best ways to do this is by disconnecting from work and getting into nature to rediscover the world around you.
Our world is a beautiful place.
It was there before your stressors and will be there long after they’ve left your life.
Most of your struggles and stress leave no impression whatsoever on the natural world. There is a peace and calm in nature that forces you to slow down.
This should tell you something.
Specifically: it’s ok to stop and catch your breath. Let yourself relax and be inspired. You are a part of nature and you can attain the same kind of harmony in your life that you see around you.
You’re only going to have one trip through life.
You can be miserable doing things that are mundane and that steal your joy. Or you can choose to seek out what makes your heart sing.
Take the time to reflect on your passion and think about how you can turn it into a business.
It is possible to find a deeper meaning to your work that fulfills you. You can have a business fueled by true passion that doesn’t leave you with regrets and “what ifs.”
2. Look For Patterns
There was a time when you knew exactly what you wanted to do.
When you were a child and someone asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” you didn’t have to think twice. You were ready with your answer – a pilot, a teacher, a dancer, a doctor and so on.
It didn’t matter if you knew anything about that profession or not.
Your little self new the power of dreams and was not held back by fears of not being good enough or whether it was possible.
For this exercise, instead of focusing on what you thought you wanted to be as a child, ask yourself what you enjoyed doing when you were younger.
What did you spend your time doing? What always got your attention and kept you engaged?
How would close friends and family members describe your greatest interests? What would they say you’re good at?
Ask them. They observe you regularly and have a different vantage point than you do on yourself.
What has that same effect now?
It’s very likely that you are still drawn to the same kinds of things.
For instance, I loved playing teacher to my younger brothers and sisters when we were growing up.
There were so many of us that I’m sure my parents were grateful for some peace and quiet!
My culture places huge value on education so instead of watching TV at the weekend, I would round up my siblings and get then to attend my “Busy Bee” club in our dusty attic.
I’d spend hours cutting up old magazines and collecting books and articles from which I would create exercises for my brothers and sisters to complete. We’d also paint and sing together, it was great fun!
I was only 8 or 9 at the time but I vividly remember the pleasure I got from teaching and encouraging my younger siblings.
It’s no surprise that I went on to become a teacher, a trainer and a coach.
The basics were always there.
It’s the same for you.
Take a look at your early life and look for recurring themes.
Passion manifests itself in different ways but there is usually a pattern that follows you throughout your life.
You simply have to be willing to spend some time and look.
3. Follow Your Enjoyment
Follow your bliss say the personal development gurus.
But bliss can be a tall order when finding even your passion is hard for most people.
It’s far easier to find clues about your passion through things you enjoy doing and those you don’t enjoy.
What makes you happy? What are you naturally good at? What do you find easy to do? What makes time pass so quickly you hardly even notice?
This could be a talent, a skill or some innate ability that comes easily to you and that gives you enjoyment.
It’s very likely something that you may dismiss as “nothing special” but one that other people around you either struggle with or outright can’t do.
Looking at the things you dislike as well as the context in which they occur can also help you discover more about your passion and identify where your skill sets lie.
Do you have a talent for organizing ideas, things or people?
Can you see how the basic aptitude is the same but the way the skill is used depends on the context.
You may enjoy helping people get more organized in their homes for example but the idea of managing and organizing people in a business context could be the last thing you’d want to do.
It’s very important to identify your natural abilities because they can lead you to your passion.
Online tests are one way to get more insights into your personality.
One of the most popular is the Myers-Briggs test, which is based on the work of Carl Jung and created by a mother and daughter team, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.
You can try it out for yourself for free here.
It may seem like a scary prospect to follow your heart and build a business around your passion. I admit it’s not the easiest option or for the fainthearted.
You have to face your fears on a daily basis, challenge yourself to grow, and keep going when you feel like giving up.
That’s why millions of people ignore the pull of their deepest desires.
They aren’t cut out to create a lifestyle business so they choose the security of a job for themselves and their families.
The sad thing is that job security is a thing of the past. A job for life is one of the most pervasive myths of our time and was proven to be completely and utterly false by the last recession.
What happens when the economy crashes again (as it is very likely to do) or if your boss decides to let you go?
There are no guarantees in life.
We all need to take responsibility for our income and make our own economy. No one can give you the kind of life that excites you and fills you with passion except you.
Everyone has a passion, even if they don’t know what it is, and some people have more than one.
The truly happy and successful people are those who take the leap, follow their heart and walk away from discontentment.
You too can find a way to follow your passion and create the life you want, deserve and can thrive in.
Odds are, if you trust yourself and your truest instincts, you’ll find success and security. If it doesn’t come quickly, you’ll keep going until it does because you love what you’re doing.
Love and passion are astounding motivators.
Are you following your passion and doing what you love? What did it take to make the shift? Please share below.