Memoir Monday: Finding Your Passion
Wouldn’t you just love to jump out of bed every morning filled with fire and enthusiasm for something? Perhaps you have been searching for that something for years or have just settled for a more mundane life out of not knowing any better way. Perhaps you feel that you have too many responsibilities to change course, or that you don’t deserve anything greater or have a fear of the unknown. Finding & following your passion and purpose can be a difficult journey but consider it a journey not an instant revelation.
For some of us, our purpose and passion in life is obvious and clear. We’re born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills.
For some people, though, it’s not as easy to identify a passion. You may even have asked yourself at one point or another, “What should I do with my life?” “What is my passion?” or “What is my life purpose?"
Remember what Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” To discover your passion you have to expand the way you think, recognize what you wish to eliminate or change in your life and have the motivation to do it. Your current thought process might have limited your options, to provide you with a certain level of security, comfort, survival and maybe has given you a comfortable enough box to nest in which you call “my life”.
Identifying, acknowledging, and honouring a purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do – and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.
Alternatively, you may enjoy what you do, but on deeper exploration, discover that you’re passionate about something altogether different than what you do.
We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it in order to create the life you want. You may ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” You can begin to discover your passion or your purpose by exploring two things:
First, ask yourself, what are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are love and happiness.
Second, ask yourself, what are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people.
All you have to do is decide where you want to go by clarifying your vision, then lock in your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualization, and then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction.
Every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention.
A table by the window, front row seats at a conference, first-class tickets, a room with an ocean view, or a loving relationship.
All these images and thoughts are sending requests to the universe.
f you stay out of its way—meaning you don’t interrupt the process with a stream of negative thoughts, doubts, and fears, your inner GPS will keep unfolding the next steps along your route as you continue to move forward.
Here are 10 steps to finding your passion and purpose:
The 10 steps below are really easy to add to your life. The most important thing to remember is that the journey to finding your passion and purpose is supposed to be fun, so set the intention to enjoy the process, put a smile on your face and get started today!
Determine your Mission Statement. Like any business, we need to know what our mission in life is. What impact do you want to make on the world or those around you? What is your legacy? What do you want to be known and remembered for? We all have values and things that are important to us. Take note of what means the most to you and start there!
Make a list of the things you love to do. There is no better place to start than what already makes our hearts sing. It isn’t about choosing one passion, it is about building a life filled with everything we love. So, get out a pen and paper and start noting everything that brings a smile to your face!
Take inventory of your achievements. Our successes and accomplishments tell us so much about ourselves and where our skills, talents, values, integrity and heart reside. What have you excelled at in life both professionally and personally? What are you most proud of?
Acknowledge your gifts and talents. We are each born with special gifts that are important to our purpose in life. Maybe you are a fantastic listener or organizer. Maybe you have the ability to calm those around you or strategies solutions. Make a list of the gifts that are special to you. What sets you apart from others?
Start exploring new opportunities. We can easily get stuck in the same old patterns – same route to work, same coffee shop, same grocery store. When we stay in our routines, we fail to challenge our brains. Start doing new things and you will spark your creativity. Read a new book, go to a new restaurant, listen to a different podcast, change up your morning routine, take a new class. Step out of your comfort zone and you will allow yourself to learn new things about YOU that will help you ignite your passions and discover more about your purpose.
6. Do more of what you love. It is time to start filling your days with all of things that you absolutely love to do. Starting once you wake up, up until you go to bed. Dilute your life with what you love, and you will stop focusing on things you are tolerating, and your passions will be right there in front of you. You will also make room for new opportunities!
Begin a journaling practice. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and dreams is so powerful. It is the perfect way to face your fears so they lose power, uncover what you love about your life, what you don’t love about your life and what you truly want. Start writing for 5 minutes a day and build up to 30 minutes. You will be amazed at what you discover about yourself and what you want your life to look like
Network with likeminded people. Start engaging with people with similar interests. Meeting new people not only adds more fun to our lives, but you will start to go deeper into your interests, new opportunities will present themselves and you will, once again, learn so much about yourself. Join a MeetUp group, a running club, a writing club, a mom and me group, a book club, etc. and have fun!
Embrace a mindfulness practice. It is time to quiet your mind and tune out the noise, thoughts, worries and to do list. Find the practice that works best for you – writing, yoga, meditation, nature walks. Whatever works for you, make sure you do it everyday. When you can quiet your mind, your brain has the chance to sift through everything, shift from reactive mode to thoughtful mode, and you will start to realize what is truly at your heart center. When we live so much in our mind, we lose sight of what is really important to our bigger picture. Make this a priority and your will learn so much about yourself.
Have Fun! Nothing is more important than enjoying life. Life should be a majority joy with a few tough times mixed in. It is time to have fun. Explore things you have always wanted to do. Meet new people. Spend time with yourself. Make this journey about you and all you want to get out of it. While you are having fun, your true passions and purpose will present themselves to you. Fun is the key to everything. It gets you out of your head and into your heart. And, most importantly, once you dilute your life with your passions and what you are meant to do, you will never again feel like you are “working”
Passion and purpose are different but closely related. Passion is about loving what you do, while the purpose is about knowing why you do something. Both are critical for success
Wishing you a purposeful and passion-filled week ahead. XoXo..