True happiness comes from pursuing your passion. Doing something that you absolutely love can help you overcome obstacles and fears and enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams. Not sure where your passions lie? Take the steps to discover your passion.
First make a list of all your experiences – work, life, volunteer, etc. List all the things you have done. Then separate them out according to what you have enjoyed doing most. A theme should start to appear.
Think about what you loved as a child. You probably have not done these things since you were a child. Revisit them and rekindle that joy you felt as a child. The wonder and amazement of life does not have to leave us as we grow older and deal with life’s struggles. We all had dreams of what we wanted to be, do, or have when we grew up. Remember those dreams.
Take compensation out of the conversation. Passion does not always involve money. In fact, sometimes the things we love to do the most generate no money at all. There is nothing wrong with that. If you are lucky enough to be able to generate an income by doing something you love, by all means go for it! But don’t dismiss a passion or avoid pursuing it because of the compensation issue.
Ask your friends. Your friends sometimes recognize or see things that you do not. Ask them what they think you enjoy doing. It may be quite enlightening to hear what they have to say. They may also have ideas about things you should do or try. Listen to your friends; chances are they care about you and would not steer you in the wrong direction.
Identify your heroes. Aligning your goals and passion with someone you admire is also a good way to discover your passion. There is probably a reason why you identify strongly with your hero. Explore what they do or did; where their passions lie and see if anything sparks an interest in you.
Make a list of things you enjoy doing. Finally, make a list of everything that you enjoy doing. Approach it as a brainstorming session. All entries are valid. Do not stop to categorize or qualify your ideas. Let them flow and you may discover a hidden passion you had no idea existed. For example, gardening may be something that you enjoy doing. Brainstorming on that brings to light other activities like canning, freezing, drying and that leads to cooking, baking, etc. You may like to garden, but discover you have a passion for preserving food.
Pursuing your passions will enrich your life, there is really no doubt about that. Identifying where your passions lie may take some time, but is definitely possible if you follow the suggestions outlined here. Take the time to create happiness in your life because you are worth it!