Pathway to Your Passion
Some people know exactly what their passion in life is - it's something they've known for as long as they can remember, and they have worked towards living that passion each and everyday. My husband is one of these people. He has loved music and the guitar since he could walk. He knows that playing music is his purpose in life.
For many people they have made their passion their income and spend each and everyday immersed in it.
However many people haven't found that passion yet and they live with a deep feeling that what they're doing isn't fulfilling for them. They long to discover that one thing that will nourish their soul and fulfill that creative aspect within themselves that longs to shine.
Working with client's who are exploring their pathway to their passion is one of my favourite things to do. It is a fun journey of exploration and a development of curiosity, as they begin to follow the signs that inspire & energise them, and ignite a spark within them.
As Steve Jobs famously said, "I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love...and love what you do."
If you are one of the many folks who long to explore what they are passionate about, start today to give yourself permission to begin exploring. Get really curious and start to look for clues all around you. Think of it as an exciting journey of self exploration and discovery. Below is a list of questions to get you started.
(I have italicised some examples to help get your energy flowing)
What are you visually drawn to?
(flowers, colours, interior design, paintings, architecture, animals, books, poetry, trees, cars...)
What do you stop and look at? (a sunset, the ocean, a car...)
What do other people say you are good at?
If you had to volunteer your time somewhere - where would it be and what would you be doing?
Who do you admire and why?
What do you always make time for?
What would you spend your time doing if you had complete financial freedom to do anything?
What did you love doing as a child? (If you can't recall this, ask a parent or a family member)
What could you talk about and/or read about for hours?
When you walk into a bookstore, what section do you go to?
Within that section of the bookshop what are you drawn to? (for example; If you go to the Food and Nutrition section, which books are you interested in?)
Name your three favourite movies - what do you love about them?
Who/what do you follow on social media?
(Food, fashion, animals, design, art, craft, metaphysics)
Your responses to these questions are all clues to help you in your exploration of discovering your passion.
Connect the dots and see if there are any patterns or themes.
Looking back over your answers; how could you combine your passions with your strengths to build an exciting new hobby or side project or to build a fulfilling new career?
Could your interests or passions take more centre stage in your life?
Finding your passion doesn't mean you're going to resign this week and start a new business venture (although that is definitely a possibility) But what it does mean, is that you can start investing time in what you love and what makes you feel ALIVE!