“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
In our next step in “30 Steps to a Better You,” it’s all about finding out what you love and working towards that, also known as finding your passion. It dovetails nicely into what was last week’s task, identifying our values. If you followed along and did the homework for that step – making a list and breaking down what your core values are, then acting upon them – you’ll be better prepared for this step where knowing your values is crucial.
Because now, we’re going to turn the things we value most into our passions.
Back in July, I wrote a post about how there’s no book you can read that will help you find your passion. Passion only comes through self-discovery and personal trial and error. I wrote: “Fail fast to succeed faster is the most powerful mantra you can use when thinking about passion discovery. And in most cases it takes not just one, but many fails.”
Now, nobody likes failure, but trying and failing is the only way you’ll find out what you really want to do with your life. You have to get your hands dirty. After all, you’ve done it before. You crawled and fell down a lot before you learned how to walk. You babbled and gurgled before you finally learned how to form words and talk. You sounded out vowels and practiced diligently to learn how to read. Why do you think that just because you’ve gotten out of short pants and into the adult world that there still isn’t a lot of falling down and fumbling to do?
While there’s no exact book you can read to find your passion, there are some questions you can ask yourself to guide you towards realizing what your passion is. Entrepreneur’s “Five Creativity Exercises to Find Your Passion” offers some helpful starts – like asking you to go back to your childhood to think of what you loved most or make a “creativity board.” Here are my six fundamental questions you should ask yourself when finding your passion:
1) What are your favorite things to do, study or experience?
2) Utilizing your list of values, where do you find overlap in what you value and what you enjoy? (Where you find parallels you will find potential passions for yourself.)
3) Of those things, which ones could apply to a life goal, career or business?
4) Of those things, which fit as a life goal, career or business – which one would you be willing to do … for free?
5) For that thing you’d be willing to do for free, would you also be willing to do it the rest of your life?
6) Does this thing make you feel as if you are completely in your element?
If you find yourself running into more “noes” that “yeses,” keep coming up with new ideas of what you could do and run them through the same line of questioning. Don’t get frustrated. Understand that part of finding your passion is being able to pivot onto something else if your initial thoughts don’t fit. It’s all part of the trial and error process that comes with identifying passion. Even I had to try several different things (and a few careers) before I found my passion. So work on a vision board for your life. Start writing down the things you love and thinking of how you can apply them to a business or career. Take this next important step to improve your life through finding your passion.
Your task – Using your list of values from last week, compare and contrast it with the list of things you enjoy doing and ask yourself those six fundamental questions in order to narrow down where your passions lie. Then place your finished results in a designated “30 Steps to a Better You” reference folder specifically created to log your tasks.