The word “passion” is thrown around so much that it has almost become a meaningless buzzword. That’s rather unfortunate because passion is one of the most important ingredients of living a life of purpose. More importantly, passion can make you feel truly alive.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling empty and not knowing what to do? Do you ever feel guilty about doing nothing worthwhile with your time? Do you find yourself disconnected from the world? If so, it could be that you just haven’t found your passion. Your passion will give your life its needed direction. It will give a different meaning to every waking day of your life.
The Three Crucial Steps To Finding Out What Drives You
While there are some people who already know what they are passionate about and only need a little push to pursue it, others still need to go through certain processes to find out just what it is that they are passionate about.
- Listen to your core.
The first thing that you ought to do is to take some time to talk to yourself. Think about how you feel and what you really think of things.
Forget about the part of yourself that always wants to fit in and belong to the crowd — that part of yourself who likes to please other people. Remember that when you get into that habit, you will almost certainly end up miserable. You have to live life according to what will make you happy.
Honor your core. Think about what you really want to do and not what you think you should do. After reconnecting with that part of yourself, it will be easier to find your passion.
Challenge yourself by trying out new things. Your passion may lie in the things, people, or activities that you have ignored or never tried before.
The thing is, your passion doesn’t always come with a loud label. You may need to actively seek it out. Doing nothing will not magically lead you to your passion. You may need to experiment. You may feel the beginnings of a fire stirring within you after reading, trying, seeing, or hearing something. Try to expose yourself to as many things as possible. Join an outdoors guild if you want to see if mountaineering is for you. Watch a classic or an underrated movie if you want to see if your heart is in film-making. Look up forensic uploads on youtube if your interest is in the study of crime.
You can also get to know your artistic side. You never know, but you may have certain talents that are waiting to get discovered.
- Play an instrument. This is a great way to relieve stress. There are a lot of tutorials that you can find online on how to play different musical instruments. You can also enroll in a music class or hire a coach.
- Sign up for a stage play. Have you always feared the spotlight? This is the best time to conquer that fear. If you don’t have any experience in acting or don’t have the right connections, you can enroll in acting workshops. This type of activity usually ends with a live performance, which will give you the chance to perform in front of many people.
- This kind of activity will help you learn more about yourself and what you are longing for. Whenever you have time, sit down and start writing about anything. It can be an essay, poem, short story or a novel. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You are doing this to feel good.
- Paint or draw. Have you ever tried these activities now that you are an adult? It doesn’t matter whether you are good or not. You have to give it a try.
Pick up a new hobby or sport. You have to do something that will change your daily routine, while keeping your adrenaline running. You can try dancing or swimming. You can join marathon or enroll in a gym. You can also practice yoga and meditation. Try to learn something new, which will give you fulfillment and satisfaction, such as cooking or baking.
- Ask yourself the right questions
Now, this part is a tough one. You have to be completely honest with your answers; otherwise, you will end up wasting your time. You also need to answer some questions without thinking too hard.
- If your house is on fire, what will you save?
Your answer will help you determine the people, animals or things that you find valuable.
- What do you like doing?
This will give you clues to the kinds of activities and things that you enjoy. Think about the things that you could do forever (and no, that doesn’t include binging on ice cream or the latest season of Game of Thrones). It has to be something on which you can use your skills and knowledge. It has to be something to which you believe you can make a contribution.
- If you could do anything, what would it be?
For a moment, imagine that nothing is stopping you from doing anything – not your financial situation, or your obligations at work or to your family.
- What are the things you feel strongly about?
Passion does not always have to be related to a hobby. A person can be passionate about a cause. Passion can also be brought to the surface because of pain. If you feel strongly about bullying, awareness about certain mental conditions, or providing support to certain groups of people, that could be your passion.
- What has made you really happy in the past?
Think about the points in your life when you felt truly happy.
Keep in mind that just because you like something does not mean that you have found your passion though. Passion is more than mere “liking”. Truth be told, it defies strict definition. What is sure is that it transcends logic. Passion is something you are willing to be called a lunatic for.
Don’t worry about people thinking that you’re weird, or that you are wasting your time. Passion is not at all a waste; it will amplify the way you feel and sense things and make you feel more alive.