“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” Glade Byron Addams
We are all unique. Sometimes this can sound a little clichéd, but it’s true. Think about it for a moment, how many people are exactly like you? That’s right, no-one. Sure some people are similar, but there truly is no-one exactly like you. It follows then that there is something (or many things) that you have to contribute to the world, that no-one else can do.
However sometimes our passion isn’t immediately obvious to us. We may need to hunt it down! Here are some ways to help you find your passion:
1. Be patient
Sometimes a life event is the catalyst to finding our passion. We’ve all heard of people who realised what they wanted to do after a major event in their lives or maybe in response to a trauma they experienced. For example, parents who have a child die of cancer that sets up a charity for child cancer patients. Susan Boyle achieved world wide fame over night at the age of 48 after singing on Britain’s Got Talent. It really is never too late.
2. Get yourself out of the way
Sometimes we put barriers up. We are too young to find what we want to do, or too old and now it’s too late to bother. It’s never too late or too early. It was only in the last few years that I started to think that I could make my passion (personal development) into a job. I just used to think that I hadn’t found my passion yet and personal development was my hobby. Have a look and see what the thing you love doing all the time is? Just because you might not be able to see how you could convert it into your passion, doesn’t mean you can’t.
3. Believe in yourself
What did you think when you read this part of my opening sentence: “there is something (or many things) that you have to contribute to the world, that no-one else can do.”? Examine your reactions to this statement. For many of us myself included, it is sometimes hard to see the difference we make to the world. Sometimes what’s even harder is imagining what we could do and our potential. Believing in ourselves and our abilities is vital for our self esteem and also to enable us to give birth to our own passions and bring them forth into the world.
4. Try new things
If we don’t try new things, how will we find our passion? There are some people who are born with an innate talent or clear what they are here to do, but for a lot of us it isn’t as simple as that. We need to be proactive and try new things. I never thought I’d be able to (or even want to) create my own website, but through doing this for my coaching practice I have stumbled across a new passion: blogging. Don’t be afraid to try things that you wouldn’t normally try.
5. Remove labels
Following on from my last point, be careful about labelling yourself. When we say things like ‘I’m an outdoors person’ or ‘I am no good with computers’, this eliminates certain possibilities. You may prefer to be outdoors and there is nothing wrong with that but sticking to that rigidly may stop you finding your passion of blogging about your garden (for example).
6. Notice what you enjoy
On a simple level, pay attention to what you enjoy. I can read personal development type books all day long and I have always been like that. For me that isn’t work. Now I can see that is a strong pointer to my passion in life. What do you enjoy? Sometimes we can create hurdles in finding our passion by thinking we should automatically know how to make it into a job. Don’t worry about that to start with. Just notice what you enjoy.
These are some ways that I have found that have helped me find my passion and that continue to be helpful to me as my passions develop. Now I would love to hear yours.