Are You Living Your Passion?

July 07, 2019

As we go through life, it can be easy to lose sight of our passions.

But rediscovering these need not be difficult or mysterious.

Your passion is simply an activity, or group of things, that energises you rather than weighs you down in your career and personal life.

As a kid, you naturally, instinctively gravitated to certain things out of pure interest.

It may have been riding your bike, building dollhouses, making model airplanes, listening to music, selling newspapers, collecting cards, or sticking pretty pictures in a scrapbook.

Whatever it was, these activities were not signs to be ignored. They represented signals about who YOU are as an individual.

So the question today is…

Are you doing things that light you up in your business, career and personal life on a regular and consistent basis?

And if the answer to that question is NO, it’s probably time to take stock of where you’re at.

Start to identify your true gifts and rediscover your passions by asking yourself these two simple questions:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What are you good at?

Take a moment to jot down some thoughts.

And if the answers don’t come easily, scan back through your life and you’ll soon find a bunch of stuff to write down.

If you’ve gotten lost in a career that you hate or you’re not happy in your personal life, the answers to the above questions can be a powerful framework to draw a line in the sand and make some important changes.

We all have to do things we don’t want to do at various times.

But if this has become the norm for you, then it’s probably suffocating you from creating a life you love and that you know you deserve.

Some tips that might help you start to move forward with a positive new direction:

  • Practise self-love and regularly tell yourself you’re worthy of a great life of fulfilment and joy no matter what obstacles you face;
  • Say YES more often. Be open to new opportunities and connections and even if they don’t work out, be grateful for the experience and learn and grow from it;
  • Ask intelligent questions. Instead of “Can I do/have this?”, ask yourself, “HOW can I do/have this?”. As subtle as it may seem, it’s a powerful distinction that evokes a different type of action.
  • Stop making excuses and get resourceful. Never before in history have we had so much opportunity to live our passions and to even make a career or business out of it.
  • Take some type of action. A truly fulfilled life is not about the end game, it’s about making consistent progress. Find a new age version of what you loved as a kid and create a side hustle project or business doing something you’re interested in. You’ll probably be blown away with where it takes you!
    Don’t allow yourself to become pigeonholed if you’re not happy.

Find ways to disrupt the mundane patterns that keep you in this place, and no matter how small, start taking steps to rediscover and practise your joy in business and in life.