Everyone has a passion for something, what’s yours? You may think you don’t know, but you most likely do. It’s just that you haven’t realised it yet. If that’s the case, how do you find your passion and know that you have?
Most of us go through life by letting it slip by without giving it too much thought. Then, all of a sudden you realise that a lot of time has passed and you’ve missed your moment.
You might think you’ve missed it, but you haven’t. There’s no reason why you can’t start with your passion whenever you want to. I heard about a man, on the radio the other day, who took up throwing the discus at 91 years of age!
What is Passion?
Although it’s often associated with strong love or sexual desire, passion is about what really moves you.
The dictionary describes it as “a powerful compelling feeling or emotion” – an enthusiasm or desire for something. It can be good or bad, or even love or hate.
Star Trek’s Mr Spock wouldn’t understand passion because it only exists with an emotional feeling attached to it. It isn’t logical, but we are human and if we feel it, we know it.
What are Examples of Passion?
When you have a passion for something it’s usually either to do with career or pastimes.
We find our passion through our life experiences and it will often centre around love, relationships, enjoying life, work, learning, health and well-being.
As we grow from a young age, we develop likes and dislikes. Much of it is created from our environment and influences from others such as our parents.
We may believe, for example, we have a passion to achieve in the area our parents directed us towards as we grew up. But is that your real passion or that of your parents?
Why is it Important to Find Your Passion?
If you want happiness, satisfaction in what you do and to be content, your passion can be the key to all of these. It fuels you to do, to learn, to master and to enjoy.
It gives you a purpose and is good for you. Your confidence can build through following your passion. This will result in loving yourself and what you do, much more.
If you are able to combine your passion with the job you do, it can be a winning combination. You’ll want to work harder and achieve better results.
Consider the difference between working at something you absolutely love with something you don’t. Whichever of these situations you’re in, you’ll know how it feels and wanting the former is surely the ideal place to be.
Having a passion for your job makes you want to get up in the morning, rather than dreading the morning alarm, if you don’t. You’ll be happy to go above and beyond what’s required and will feel fulfilled and satisfied.
Some think it’s not a good idea to pursue a career around a passion, because there won’t be anything to enjoy outside of work. There’s more to life than our career, but working is a large part of it, so we should do our best to enjoy it.
There was some research published by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2015 looking at the connection between leisure and health and well-being. It found that people suffered much less stress and were generally happier when they followed their passion.
Know How to Find Your Passion
Your passion can define your purpose, although it might not in all cases.
The reality is, if you have a passion for something it’ll be staring right at you and you’ll know about it. If you feel indifferent about something, you can assume there’s no passion in you for it.
You are the only person who can know what your passion is, so don’t look to others to tell you what it is. Articles like this might help you to think a little differently about the things you do, but they can’t show you your passion.
Suggestions to help you search for Your Passion
What Do You Love Doing?
Think about the things you love doing, no matter how silly, small or irrelevant you might think they are. This is a good starting point as you think about what makes you feel good.
As an example, I get a good feeling if I complete a task that I think I can’t do. Something like changing a tap washer or fixing a broken vacuum cleaner. These are the sort of jobs I’d normally avoid, but if I master them, I feel good about myself and achievements.
This tells me that I have a desire to master things I don’t think I’m very good at. I think I have a bit of a passion to rise to the challenge and achieve. A passion to prove to myself, I can if I just try.
Do you see how the most boring or simple things can point to a passion within you?
Reading Might Hold a Clue
Do you enjoy reading? If so, it might give a clue to your interests and ultimately, a passion.
What do you enjoy reading about – fiction, news, self-help, sport etc.? If there’s a topic you’re drawn to, there will probably be some passion in there!
As a young man, Bob Proctor found his passion when he read Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Something hit him when he read it. From there, he went on to become one of the world’s authorities on helping people to become successful, and rich.
Bob is now in his eighties and says he still studies that book every day. According to wealthypersons.com, he’s worth around $25m.
You might want to try some brainstorming. Write down on a piece of paper anything that comes to mind. What matters to you, what moves you, what fulfils you, what excites or fascinates you.
There’s most likely hundreds of things such as this you can ask yourself. Do you want to help others, what if money was no object, what would you do if you could live forever?
Allow your mind to wonder and write down anything and everything you think of. After you’ve done this, go through the list and delete anything that isn’t appropriate. You can then look at what’s left on your list and see if anything jumps out at you.
Spend some time visualising and contemplating how you would like your life to look. How do you feel when you have this vision? What do you need to do to make it happen?
Remember, your feelings are created by your thoughts and if your thoughts are about a passion, it’ll make you feel good. Feeling good about something in your life now or in the future, can point to a passion.
What About When You Find Your Passion?
This could be a scary, but exciting time for you. When you suddenly realise what your passion is, it might completely change your life.
That can be viewed in two ways. It’s exciting to discover what moves you and presents an opportunity to change and improve your life. On the other hand, if you’re happy with your life and are “frightened” of change, it can cause a lot of stress.
The former of the reactions is obviously the most desirable, but the latter is the most common. This is because your subconscious mind uses its power to protect you. It works in your best interest by trying to keep things the same and your life in line with your deep rooted beliefs.
Discovering something new about yourself might conflict with those beliefs. They may now be irrelevant to the you of today, but they remain as an influence from your subconscious mind.
You may need to do a little reprogramming of the mind to change this. This is a good thing because it you’re updating old beliefs to new ones which are relevant to you now.
Changing in this way will take a little bit of work. It should be a little easier though, knowing that you’re doing this to improve yourself with your new found passion.
Embrace Your Passion
Having a passion for something can give your life new meaning. It can give you an aim in life. If you know what it is, you’ll probably already be doing everything you can to fulfil it.
If you have to do some searching to discover your passion, there’s a danger that you might not act upon it. To let it pass you by would be such a shame because it’s an opportunity to transform your life.
You’ve heard it before, but it’s true that we only have one life and once its passed by, there’s no going back. When you find your passion, feel it, be it and whatever you do, don’t let it go.