5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion
Passion, passion, passion. That's all we hear nowadays. Everyone's telling you to follow your passion. But do you have a clue what yours is or what to do about it? I know I didn't just some time ago.
Passion is a concept that seems impossible to grasp, until you grasp it. What I noticed in my own life was that you have to be willing to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to make mistakes. You have to be willing to try.
If you don't try, nothing will happen. When I was looking for my passion, I was motivated by the negative. I thought about dying old and regretting my whole life. If I would at least try and fail, I would be happy.
I am not talking about trying for a few weeks; I am talking about persevering for your whole life, until you die. If that's what it takes, then that's what I was going to do. Having that determination in your life can really open doors.
With all that said, let's look at 5 simple ways you can find your passion. Remember, this isn't meant to be a path filled with roses. If it was, more people would be doing it.
The journey can be tough, but the rewards are more than worth it. Imagine doing what you want, from where you want and when you want. If you're instantly thinking of excuses, then this article is probably not for you.
Get a pen and a piece of paper, or better yet, grab a microphone and start recording on your computer. Talking is the best way to be spontaneous, and brainstorming is all about letting your brain get it all out.
If you censor yourself, brainstorming will not work. So grab your microphone, and start saying everything that comes to mind when you think about the things you like to do. Don't worry if you go "off-topic" — just let it flow. Do this for at least 15-30 minutes. When you start running out of ideas, keep pushing, because that's where the magic happens.
It's all well and good to analyze and dream about what your passion is, but nothing measures up to taking action. It doesn't matter if you're not sure about something. Do it anyway, because that's the best way to learn.
Think you like gardening, but aren't sure? Start reading, take a course, and engage with the online gardening community. The people that are living the life they want take action. They are as afraid as anyone else, but they do it anyway.
Something that helped me a lot was asking myself "what would I do if I couldn't fail?", which helped me gain the courage necessary to start my blog. Asking yourself the right questions can often get you into the right mindset, which helps you take action.
I'm a big believer in doing stuff, even if you don't know exactly what you're doing. I've learned through personal experience that the sooner you take action, the sooner you can re-calibrate (if necessary).
I believe we all have many different passions, so don't worry if you can't decide, it might just be the fact that you have many things that you like to do.
Something I want to emphasize though is that you have to pick one and focus all of your energy on it if you want to make something happen. You can always come back to your other passions later.
5. Accept Fear
Everyone deals with fear. If you're having trouble finding your passion, you're most likely afraid of something. Accept the fear. Easier said than done, right? But it truly is that easy.
When you make the decision to do things even if you're afraid, you'll see a dramatic shift happen in your life. You have to make living the life you want THE priority and not let any fears or obstacles stand in your way.
It's okay to do something crazy now and then. I am following my passion and I'm feeling better than ever, but I'm still afraid now and then. The way I get through the fear is to think of what I really want to accomplish.
If you want to live a life that you actually care about, then you have to put in some work. You have to bust a few fears and take action.
This is a guest post by Henri Junttila, a freelance blogger who also writes about self improvement ideas for conscious people. If you want to keep up with his life-changing updates, subscribe to his feed. Read more articles by Henri:
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