The following post is from Sherri of Serene Journey and Zen Family Habits:
That ONE thing that excites you so much you jump out of bed each morning excited and enthused to do it.
That ONE thing, that if you had to, you’d do for free.
That ONE thing you know so much about that you could write a text book on the subject and you never get bored of learning more.
The more I talk with people, the more I’m learning that it’s actually pretty difficult to define your passion.
Do You Have a Passion?
If you don’t feel passionate about anything or don’t know what your life’s purpose is — don’t worry, don’t feel bad, and don’t panic. You are not alone.
There are plenty of people who don’t know what they want to do, don’t know what gets them excited, and don’t know what to do with their lives.
It’s certainly easier to sit around moping and waiting for you passion to hit your over the head. However, the more productive thing to do is to get out there; learn and do.
Personal development is more than just reading blogs or self help books. It’s about doing. In doing we get down to the core of who we really are, what we like and what we don’t, what we get joy from and what we don’t.
We also get an understanding for the type of person we want to be and the type of person we don’t want to be.
If you don’t have a clear passion or a clear path going forward, here are a few things you can do in the meantime.
Start with some simple questions:
1. What are your interests?
2. What makes you happy?
3. How do you want to feel?
4. What upsets you?
5. What makes you angry?
6. What makes you sad?
7. Why do you do what you do everyday?
8. If you let yourself dream what would you like to try?
9. What would you try if you knew no one was watching?
This list of questions could go on and on. In fact, I encourage you to think of more questions to challenge where you are and where you want to be.
These questions are simple but they aren’t easy to answer.
You’re doing yourself a huge disservice if you aren’t totally and completely honest in your responses. Don’t answer them hastily, but instead take a lot of time to really think about each answer.
As an example, if your answer to question 8 is photography then get out there and try it.
Take some cool photos and do a few touch-ups on the computer afterwards. Spend some time shadowing a professional photographer who takes the same kinds of pictures you’re interested in taking. Learn as much as you can on the subject.
Sometimes we think we’d like to do something, but after even a short time of trying we realize it’s not for us.
In the mean time …
These are things you can do while searching for your passion or calling in life.
If you’ve never really learned anything about aviation how do you know it’s not your passion, your calling? It’s similar to your mother asking you “how you know you don’t like broccoli if you’ve never tried it?”
Put yourself out there and see what you come back with.
If you’re scientifically minded take a stab at things that appeal to your potentially underdeveloped artistic side. Maybe you’ll love photography, painting, writing or dance.
If you’re more art centric consider developing an interest in food science, astronomy, zoology, or construction.
It may seem counter intuitive to go against what you’re typically good at or what you typically enjoy but where has it got you so far?
I’ve gone through this uncertainty myself, this not knowing what my passion is or what I should do with my life. I’ve always enjoyed the sciences — biology, chemistry, and physics — yet the more I pursued them, the more I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do. While I enjoyed science I wasn’t passionate about it.
A few years ago my husband and I started our family and I started blogging, writing, and helping others. Through exploring other sides of me and my personality, I feel I have finally found my passion – helping others live a life they can be proud of and get excited by. I love it! If I had remained buried in science, unwilling to change, I would never have found my passion.
If you don’t have a passion, if you don’t know where you’re heading or what you’re meant to do – explore. And if you never find your passion, all is not lost.
Through learning, developing, changing, and improving you will have done a lot, seen a lot, and learned a lot — you will have grown, which leads to a very rich and successful life that happened in the meantime.
What advice do you have for those people who don’t know their passion? Have you been or are you in this situation?
|Sherri is a work-at-home mom to two young boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Gwynn, for 13 years. Read more from Sherri at Serene Journey, where she shares simple tips to enjoy life, and at Zen Family Habits, where she talks about all things family.|