If you are like many people, you desire to have meaning and purpose in your life and work. And the smart ones (which means you since you are reading this) realize that in order to really live fully in your purpose, your passions must be present. You intuitively know that passions help lead you to living out your life work.
Here are 5 Ways to Identify Your Passions:
- Write down a list of everything you enjoy doing. This could include being outside, painting pictures, shopping, talking with friends, date night, etc. Don’t over think this exercise. This is simply writing down what it is that you enjoy.
- Ask yourself why you enjoy doing these things. Let’s say you enjoy painting. What is it about painting that you enjoy the most? Is it therapeutic? An expression of yourself? The beauty of the work you create? The way your art can convey emotion?
- Write down a list of things you value. This list will include the things that are a part of what you do. It’s something that is part of your mission, vision and behavior. Examples include Integrity, empowerment, creativity, community, security, excellence, etc.
- Write your epitaph. What do you want to be remembered for? Do you want people to remember you for your drive, ambition, and passion for life? Do you want to be remembered for your generosity, service, integrity? At the end of the day…What impact do you want to make in the world?
- Ask yourself What is similar in all of these? This may take some time to try to find the overarching common theme linked in these exercises. Let’s go back to the painting example. Perhaps the biggest reason you enjoy painting is because you are able to creatively express yourself in a way that brings beauty and healing to those who have the pleasure of seeing your work. You also wrote that you value creativity and excellence. In your epitaph you want to be remembered as someone who helped others through your work. You brought healing and life to people in pain.
What is similar in all of these? You are passionate about helping others or bringing them joy through your creative gift of painting.
If you are having a tough time articulating why you enjoy something, or use the go-to answer that most people give of “I want to help people” then find an objective person who is skilled to help you process through blocks and limited thinking. Coaches are experts in this ability to pull out of you what you are having a tough time doing on your own.
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