“Don’t worry what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
Passion is defined as a compelling emotion or intense enthusiasm, but it’s so much more…it drives us and propels us towards life’s larger purpose. It is where we find our uniqueness and what gives our life meaning. Often we’re so busy with our “to do” lists, we forget what really matters to us. As a coach, I have clients who tell me they’ve never thought about who they really are, what they really want or what ignites them.
How can you find your passion?
For many, it’s a calling, something they’re drawn to and love doing, and it comes
naturally. For others, it’s a hint, a feeling, or something you notice that emerges slowly, like a seed that if cultivated, will grow and bloom. If you’d like to rediscover or unveil your passion, start by answering these 5 questions:
1- What did I like to do as a child?
Did you like to do art projects, read, act, organize others in games? What did you get absorbed in and get lost in?
2- What could you talk about for hours on end?
What subjects rev you up, give you energy, or get you going on a rant? What really matters to you? Justice, family, the arts or science? What’s your favorite subject?
3- What would people close to you say you were awesome at?
What are you known for? For me it’s food and just about everyone knows I love to bake! I’ve been making cookies since I was a little girl and I look for every opportunity to share them with friends, family, and clients. What is it for you? Look to your natural strengths and interests; what do others say you’re good at?
4- What could you do all day and never notice the time go by?
What hobbies do you get immersed in so much that you avoid doing your Power Point presentation or accounting paperwork? Again, it’s food for me and also connecting with people, sharing an idea, a concert, or movie…explore your go-to activities and notice next time you’re happily absorbed in something.
5- If money and time weren’t an issue, and you knew you could only succeed, what would you do?
What have you thought about doing, or said you’d do when you retire? Write a book, travel for a year, start a business? Let your subconscious guide you here and know that your first answers may not show up as a fiery passion…keep asking and listening…the answers will come.
Uncovering your passion(s) takes practice, like anything else. Start with these questions to help clarify your values and what you want, identify fears and obstacles that might get in the way, and bring those passions back to life!
If you’d like to rediscover your passions, join me on Friday, March 10 from 12:30-2 pm for a Discover Your Passions session in Acton…To register and for details, simply reply to this email by March 8th.