6 INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO FINDING YOUR PASSION
“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” -Jon Bon Jovi
When others tell you, “Just follow your passion!” it can be really aggravating. Sure, you’d love to—if only you understood what it was you were passionate about.
You’re probably the type of person who puts in long hours and is dedicated to their goals. Nothing can stop you when you know what you’re doing. But before you can become unstoppable, you must first understand where you’re going.
If you’re stuck, here are six new ideas to help you figure out what you actually want to do with your life. Take your time with the process and remember that no matter what happens, you’ll be closer to your goal.
1. Begin with the proper viewpoint.
If you went into a restaurant with the firm belief that “I’m not hungry,” you’d be in trouble. I won’t be able to eat anything here. “I don’t want to be here,” you say, knowing that the menu won’t appeal to you. You won’t give it the time or attention it deserves, and you’re unlikely to locate cuisine you’ll love eating.
Passion-seeking follows the same principle. If you believe that finding your passion is difficult or impossible for you, you will remain closed to opportunities. You’ll be obstructing the little nudges, pulls, and messages that all of us rely on. How can you expect to find meaningful job if you don’t believe it exists?
Choose to believe that you can live your life doing what you love. Surrounding yourself with people who are living examples is one of the best methods to strengthen this point of view. How many of your friends and family members pursue their dreams? If there aren’t many, it’s time to broaden your horizons by associating with—and being inspired by—men and women who are inspired by their profession.
2. Get your metal detector ready.
Once you’ve determined that your passion can be found, look for proof of what you already enjoy doing. If you look at your life’s landscape, you’ll find that certain experiences stand out. Exploring these “peak moments” and extracting the important elements is quite beneficial.
Consider yourself a beach trawler who can tell the difference between gold and cheap metal. One of my favourite summer jobs, for example, was instructing youngsters in English. I’d guess that the main ingredient was either English or young people.
When I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, though, it became evident that the bleep went off when I was leading a group and teaching them something of significant value. That’s exactly what I do now at work, except without the teenagers, the present perfect tense, or the vocabulary tests! Make a note of the ingredients that genuinely mattered throughout your peaks; don’t be distracted by the knockoffs.
3. Keep an eye out for the Umbrella.
When you consider all of the ingredients that are important to you, they may appear to be completely unrelated at first. Let’s pretend you enjoy learning French, enjoying coffee, playing with words, analysing and categorising, and becoming a community leader. How would you build a career out of these? It’d be like looking in your pantry and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and thinking to yourself, “How could I possibly make something nice with all of these?”
Now is the time to go beyond the ingredients in search of an umbrella under which all of these ingredients will fit.
4. Recognize the difference between a leisure and a successful passion
It’s possible that you’ll fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing—as a result of your exploration. However, you must now ask yourself, “Who would profit from (and pay for) this?”
So, if you want to give your passion to society while also earning money, you’ll need to be realistic about whether or not this can be turned into a career—and what you’ll need to do to make it happen. Furthermore, consider whether or not you would enjoy doing those activities; for some people, a passion is simply enjoyable, and turning it into a job transforms it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.”
Keep an eye out for others who might benefit from your newly discovered passion, and try to strike up a conversation with them to learn more about how, where, and when you might help them.
5. Be prepared for a mutiny.
There will be aspects of you that revolt when you pursue your passion. I’m guessing that this article is causing some of those resistant portions to react! We all have a plethora of fears—fears of failure, success, visibility, and vulnerability—that talk to us in rational voices, telling us that we shouldn’t pursue our passions.
If you allow these voices to win, your passion will remain elusive. Instead, search for the anxiety that lurks beneath each ostensibly rational speech. Reassure the mutinous sections that your ship is sailing in the right direction by uncovering years of conditioning from parents, school, lovers, and colleagues.
6. Determine Your Bravery’s Limits
“Leap and the net will appear,” I’ve primarily lived by on my own trip. I discovered that I couldn’t find the new until I said my goodbyes to the old. My declaration to the universe has been: I’m available, with each step into the unknown—for example, handing in notice on my part-time salaried job to go entirely self-employed. This is something I’m serious about.
I’ve been described as courageous, but I don’t think so; I’ve simply been more committed to my happiness and independence than to maintaining the current quo. Find your own unique kind of bravery. Find out what kinds of risks you can take that can benefit you. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you just enough to keep you awake at night. Rather than leaving your comfort zone, try to expand it.
The world needs your passion, so decide right now that you can find it and use this guide to help you find it. When you find your passion, you can rest assured that it will always lead you in the right direction.