Do you know what your passion in life is?
Like what is the reason you get out of bed each morning and do what you do?
I’m not talking about agreeing with someone else’s passion. I’m talking about finding your own passion in your life.
I’ve thought about this question approximately 9,000 times. Once I think I’ve finally gotten it figured out, I literally turn directions.
In fifth grade I won the DARE award and I was convinced I was going to be a police officer. In the same week I saw a movie about mermaids and my passion changed to saving the oceans.
While this seems like a juvenile example, it’s an accurate representation of how my adult life has been.
I felt like I was aimlessly wandering and completing tasks just because I was supposed to. I didn’t feel like I was living my life with a passion in mind.
It’s like driving with no end destination. Yeah I’ll probably get to see some cool sights and meet some nice people, but I’ll just be driving. No where to finally park.
See, we all know that our lives should have a passion, but most of us don’t know where to start. I will say that with all the passions I did try out, of course I found things I liked… but I also found things I hated. No matter what I tried, it never seemed like the perfect fit.
Until, I figured it out. I embraced who I was, noticed my strengths, and set forward on a purpose driven life.
I’m going to share five questions that will hopefully lead you to finding your passion in life.
What do you do in your free time that you would love to get paid for?
I thought it was important to start with this question because at the end of the day, if your passion can make you money, you have hit the jackpot!
Of course, money should not be the main benefactor to deciding on your passion. That’s a good way to get burnout and feel unsatisfied in your life.
Your passion will lie in the things that you absolutely can’t help yourself from doing. Those things that we do when no one is watching, just to satisfy our inner self. Think of that thing.
While it may take some time and some serious soul searching to figure those things out, make sure you do.
Write them out!
Once you have your passions, try to brainstorm ways that you can make money at the same time of doing your passion.
This could look simple. You can love to write so you decide to monetize your passion in writing a book.
Or this could be more broad. You may find that your passion is creating a better world for your children. So you decide to go into teaching to teach the future leaders of the world.
However you look at it, knowing you are working with something that has to do with your passion will make your day to day job that much easier.
They say if you find something you love you’ll never work a day in your life. And I absolutely agree with that.
What are you really great at that may come easy to you, but not easy to others?
Are you a go to person for something? Is there one aspect of your job, or even your daily life, that people always come to you to accomplish?
For me, all of my siblings always came to me to help them with their school projects. I was also paid for an additional 4 years after I graduated high school to make people’s yearbooks and senior ads - but that’s a different story.
My point is, looking back I realized my passion was helping others and creating something that made people smile.
I didn’t know it at the time but I was already monetizing my passion back then. Now I get paid to create content and graphics for people! My two passions (creating and making people happy) have come together with a sustainable income attached to it!
Why do you love the things that you’re thinking about?
Remember when I told you to write out your passions? Go a little bit deeper now. Instead of just listing things you love to do, try to figure out why you like them.
When you create the reasons why something is so important to you, it will be easier to come up with how you can add it into your lifestyle.
Are their issues that sit close to your heart? Have you been passionate about something since you were a child? Is it on your bucket list?
However your passion came to you, figure out the why behind it.
How can you redefine passion?
This concept of a passion isn’t a one size fits all scenario. What is one person’s passion probably won’t be yours. And not only is that completely okay, it’s a great thing!
We sometimes see a passion is something that we have to stick with forever, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I wanted to be a teacher, until I didn’t. I wanted to foster puppies, until I didn’t.
Your passions can change, and probably should change as you grow into the person you are meant to be. There is no rule that your passion has to be the one thing you do for the rest of your life.
Regardless of the rules we’ve heard about passions and careers, what is important is how you define passion.
- Is it measured by success of payment? Totally fine.
- Is it constantly changing? Mix it up.
- Does it stress you out now? Drop it like it’s hot.
However you define passion will show you exactly how to figure out your passion in life, and succeed at the same time.
What are you most proud of?
Sometimes you can find your passion in things you’ve already accomplished. Maybe looking back, you can see how important a moment is to your life.
Whether you were teaching someone something, sharing your passion, or something you accomplished on your own – what are the moments you are most proud of?
See, this feeling of being proud of ourselves is something I don’t think we feel enough. Or at least what we allow ourselves to feel. We are simply used to doing our best and that being the end of it.
There is nothing wrong with working hard and being proud of your accomplishments. That feeling you get at the end of the day after you’ve finished a project is something to be proud of. Something to be celebrated!
Now that you have those moments in your mind, do you see an underlying theme? Can you turn those moments into a passion?
Your passion in life doesn’t have to be one thing. It can change and evolve as your life around you changes and evolves.
Ask yourself the above 5 questions, and let me know if it helped you figure out your passion in life!
What’s important is you figure out what your passion in life is for the time being so you can work towards it!