Over time, we often forget the passions of our childhood or even the ones we discover as we age. So discovering our passion is often the first step down a path of actively pursuing it. If you’re unsure how to go about discovering your passion, here are some steps to get you thinking in the right direction.
1. Take a stroll down memory lane and make a list.
Think back to when you were a kid. What are some of the things you really loved doing? What are some of the things you thought were really cool but couldn’t do? What are some of the things you really wanted to try but didn’t think you’d be good at it? Write everything down, no matter how silly it may sound. This is a great time to throw practicality completely out of the window and live in a fantasy land, even if only for a moment. Take some time with this but not too long. You don’t want to spend the rest of your days dreaming about what your passion could be. You want to actually pursue it!
2. Consider your current job. What are some things that you are tasked with doing at work that you enjoy?
While this may not be as fun as strolling down memory lane, it’s important to consider what you enjoy doing as an adult. Make a separate list. It may be best to do this while you’re actually at work so you can fully assess your daily tasks. Write down everything that comes to mind even the most mundane tasks. While it may not seem very cool to write that you enjoy creating spreadsheets or collating papers, it still counts. Passion isn’t always considered cool or trendy but if you love it, you should explore it.
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3. What would you do if you had all of the money you needed and didn’t have to worry about paying your bills?
We all have to work to live. Yes we no longer have to work from sun up to sun down just to put food on the table (for the most part), but we still have bills to pay and mouths to feed (even if it’s just your own mouth). This is another fun exercise and you’re allowed to be as fanciful as you like. Practicality has no place in the world where all of our financial responsibilities are met and we’re able to just live as we please. Make a separate list.
Now that you have these three lists, review them. You may notice some similarities between the lists. Take note of the similarities. If you’re a fan of color coding, you can color code them or you can just make a separate list. The similarities you discover will lead you down the road to pursuing your passion. In fact, you may find some passions that are ripe for you to begin exploring right away. However, don’t throw away the other lists. Keep them in a safe place that you can easily access. Some of the other things on your list may be worth exploring at a later date. Even if it’s an interest on one list, it could still take you down a path to your passion. The cool thing about passions is that they can often lead to other things you really enjoy.
The next step in this process is to go out and do some of the things from your final list. Approach this process in an exploratory manner, don’t rush it. Finding your passion shouldn’t be approached like a timed task. The whole point is to discover things that you enjoy and then do them.