Finding your passion can be a challenge
Passion. I do believe it’s in all of us. Some are encouraged and supported early on in life to find and pursue theirs. Others seem to lead with it from the get go. I remember a guy I went to elementary school with that had known since he was 4 years old that he wanted to be a Fire Man. He “just knew”.
What happened to “everybody else”?
The people that have jobs to pay the bills and an annual vacation, yet don’t like what they actually do (everyday).
The people who haven’t experienced a “this is exactly what I am suppose to be doing with my life moment.”
The people that haven’t strayed from what they were told what was ‘the best track’ for them, yet their gut said otherwise.
Again I ask – what happened?
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” Federico Fellini
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Quote like these we connect with. We “get”. They stir us.
And then what….
- There is a difference between awareness and action.
- There is a gap between considered and follow through.
- There is disconnect between idea and desire + belief.
- There is a gutter between want and must.
These quotes connect with the cusp of our passion. It just brushes up against the edge of it, yet they don’t have the ability to unearth it for us. Read: The Benefits of a Heart Based Career Decision
A couple weeks ago I blogged about 5 Tips to not Settle . Ironic these tips were about what YOU need to do for YOU. Passion is the same.
YOU need to listen to YOU.
Sit with a paper and pen handy, yet without pressure to use them.
Find a comfy spot where you have space and privacy to hang out for a while. And when you find your ‘at ease’ center of being, ask yourself questions like:
1. What makes your heart sing?
2. What fills your tank?
3. What gives you energy?
4. What makes you feel great inside?
5. What continues to pull you to want and be more?
See what comes to mind (and heart). Allow your thoughts to wander versus “okay thoughts, bring me my passion”. Read: 4 REAL tips to find your passion
If you find nothing comes to you, consider yourself under the age of 20, or even 10. What did you love back then?
Often times there were signs, they were just ignored or told to skip.
Connect with your passion.
Feel it. Breath it. Own it. Your gap just got smaller.
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Originally Posted on April 10, 2016 by Nancy Milton