How To Find Your Passion In Life - 4 Strategies
Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Amazing things happen when you can genuinely say "I love what I do". Finding your passion in life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Once you find your passion in life, a whole new world of fulfillment opens up to you. You truly know what it feels like to be alive and engaged with life each and every single day.
In doing so, you'll be able to put your heart and soul into your work and your purpose, and you'll find yourself with a burning desire that can carry you to great heights - that most people (who lack passion) will never be able to reach.
You may not have found your passion yet (most young people don't) - but believe me, it is out there. You just need to find it. The sooner you find your passion - the greater height's you'll be able to achieve.
Today I am going to teach you how to find your passion through four powerful and proven strategies that you must start employing today.
The Problem Most People Have:
Young people who have yet to find their way often wrestle with not knowing which direction to go. "I just don't know what to do with my life" they'll say.
The common response to this is "just do what you're passionate about".
But it's not so simple. Most young people haven't even discovered what they are passionate about. They haven't discovered their purpose, or what will truly drive them to create and work towards something that is meaningful and that is 'bigger than them'.
Your true passion in the form of purpose and work - must be actively discovered and uncovered.
Four Fundamental Strategies To Finding Your Passion:
There are a variety of factors that go into finding your passion; in turn you must use a multi-pronged approach.
Finding your passion will come from the combination of: curiosity, courage (taking action), self-awareness, and decisiveness.
Four strategies that together will help you discover your passion.
This won’t happen overnight, it will be a gradual process – but it is well worth it.
Finding your passion may be worth millions of dollars to you in the future, it may be worth your dream life, and it may be worth a boatload of happiness to you over the course of your life.
So take this seriously and trust the process behind it.
The four proven and powerful fundamental strategies that will lead you to finding your passion are as follows:
1. Be Curious (willing to learn)
2. Be Courageous (willing to try)
3. Build Self-Awareness (willing to self-reflect)
4. Be Decisive (willing to go all in)
Let’s dive deeper into each of these, and also dive into some actionable things you should start doing ASAP to find your Passion!
#1 - Be Curious
The starting point of finding your passion will always be from curiosity.
Curiosity is having a strong desire to know or learn something new. Asking lots of questions, and being willing to dive into things you don’t know about to enhance your knowledge. Think of this as you casting your net out and gathering a bunch of fish; some will be good, some won’t be good – but this step is absolutely necessary.
Curiosity acts as the starting point, it will mark the beginning of you discovering ‘what is important to you’ and ‘what isn’t important to you’.
It will reveal to you all the different pathways, options, and routes you could go. Not all pathways will be right for you, but being curious will broaden your horizons and give you options to pick from.
Curiosity is the fundamental trait of all learning and growth. Without curiosity, you’ll never be able to learn or grow. You must be open-minded and willing to explore new things and new ways of doing things.
If you aren’t curious then actually be limited to doing something that you aren’t truly driven by, and you’ll never find your passion.
So how can you cultivate curiosity? Simple - diversify your exposure! The more things you can expose yourself, the greater choices you will have to pick from and the better decisions you will make. So go and see what's out there.
Two tips I recommend:
2 - Ask Lots of Questions - find mentors or colleagues in the area of interest that you can ask questions too.
#2 - Be Courageous
So now that you’ve found a few options and fleshed them out with your curiosity, the next thing you need to do is channel your courage.
Courage is having a willingness to try, and actually do that thing that interests you or has peaked your curiosity.
No matter how many books you read, or questions you ask – nothing beats actually ‘doing’ what it is that interests you. That will reveal to you more about whether this should be your passion or not, then any book or mentor ever could.
Think of this as a ‘test drive’. Without test driving a car, you won’t truly know if you like it or not. Just as you would do your due diligence before buying a car and giving it a test drive, you should give the things that interest you ‘test drives’ as well.
This is the only way to truly know if you can get really get behind something or not.
So how do be courageous? Actively Try The Things That Interest You – No matter how fearful you may be, overcome that fear, cultivate courage, and try the things that interest you.
#3 - Build Self-Awareness
Now that you’ve immersed yourself in what interests you through curiosity, and you’ve tried the different things that interest you, with your courage – the next step is to practice self-awareness and filter your way to your potential passion/mission in life with self-reflection.
This will entail blocking out all external influences and voices, and finding your inner voice. Practicing self-awareness will let you narrow in on your passion – identifying what is important to you, what isn’t important to you, what makes you happy, and what puts a fire in your belly.
This serves as your filter, where you can cut out the things that don’t make you happy, don’t put a fire in your belly, and aren’t important to you – and where you can keep the things that are important to you, do put a fire in your belly, and do make you happy.
Without finding your inner-voice and building self-awareness, you’ll often find yourself just ‘missing the mark’ with your passion. You’ll keep doing things that don’t always make you happy or aren’t so important to you.
Without self-awareness, you’re a lot more susceptible to being influenced by other people and what they want for you. You need to scrap that and find what YOU want for yourself.
The goal of this is to ultimately narrow in on your potential pathway, and ensure that it aligns with what fires you up and gets you going as a person.
#4 - Be Decisive:
Now that you’ve gathered your information and experiences, and built your self-awareness up - the final step of discovering your passion is being decisive.
Being decisive is the ability to make strong decisions, and being able to go ‘all in’ with that decision.
Doing your due diligence is necessary and you want to gather the right information and the right experiences is necessary, but you must avoid going overboard and stretching that out for too long.
You want to avoid spending too much time over-analyzing to find the ‘perfect’ fit, that ‘perfect’ fit might never come – you oftentimes need to make it fit.
You also want to avoid being half-pregnant on a decision - if you’re going to pick something, go all-in with it and don’t waver.
You must be able to pick the best route from your options and get entirely behind it. This will ensure you get moving on it.
Without making a decision you will be in a period of limbo where you aren’t taking any action at all, or you aren’t ‘rowing’ in the same direction – in turn, you stay in the same spot as time passes you by.
You want to avoid this and get moving as soon as you’ve done your due diligence with the previous steps.
A bad decision will always be better than no decision at all – so ensure you are being decisive.
Pick Your Passion:
Based on your findings from self-reflection, asking lots of questions, experimenting with different routes, and reflecting on them and what is most important to you in life – pick your passion, write it down to make it official, and get completely behind it.
The Bottom Line:
In finding your passion, you'll be starting your true journey in life - the pathway in which you can achieve your greatest heights.
If you’ve gone through all four steps and trusted the process behind it – great work, this is going to be an exciting time for you and it will mark a turning point in your life’s trajectory.
The Purpose & Action blog will now be your home for fulfilling that passion.
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Now go get after it!