STEP ONE TO FINDING YOUR PASSION

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”.

finding your passion

Finding your passion is sometimes not easy

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.

Step one.

Connect with your passion.

Feel it. Breath it. Own it. Your gap just got smaller.

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Many people don’t start thinking about their careers until there is a problem. So take a few moments when you are relaxed, to understand what is important to you.  Have our Career Reflections Worksheets delivered right into your in box.  Print them out in the old school way or keep them open on your phone. Use them as a guide to give your thoughts some structure.

Invest some time in yourself! Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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Originally Posted on April 10, 2016 by Nancy Milton

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Nancy Milton is passionate about communication and her energy is infectious. As an accomplished International Facilitator and Keynote Speaker with over 20 years experience and 700+ speaking engagements in just the past 3 years, Nancy has positively impacted teams in financial services, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, technology, recreation and more. She’s a Co-Active Coach accredited by the International Coaches Federation, the world leader in coaching. She is the co-author of an internationally bestselling book (2015) and author of The Happy Place (second edition, 2013), a self-help workbook. Nancy brings a portfolio of business experience to her sessions through years in the consumer packaged goods industry, where she led national sales teams and held director-level positions in organizational development and client services. Her accreditation includes certification by Langevin Learning as a Training Director and Instructional Design/Developer, certified Canadian Sales Professional through CPSA and certified Behaviour-Based Interviewing Facilitator by DDI. Nancy’s energy carries through all aspects of her life. She has personally raised over $100,000 for cancer research through several events she independently created, promoted and executed. Her number one priority is giving her two young sons the best, values-based childhood possible.

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