To reach the highest levels of success you’ve got to be doing something you’re passionate about. No surprises there really.
To me that tip was always about as helpful as “you’ve got to be saving more if you want to be rich.” Yea. Thanks. But I’ve got a mortgage, car payments, and a family to feed. I need a little more to go on to be useful.
Figuring out what you’re passionate about and then turning that into dollars isn’t exactly straight forward (at least for me it isn’t!).
Maybe I’m an untapped reservoir of stock tips and investment strategies. Or perhaps I have a knack for rescuing marine animals from endangered habitats. I don’t know, I’ve never tried either of those things.
And that’s exactly why this becomes so overwhelming so quickly. There’s so many options. Too many choices.
Growing up we’re told we can be anything we want. But now that we’re up that’s just too many choices!
Where To Start Looking
Finding your passion is not a first date, it’s a reunion.
The place to start searching for your passion is not in the endless sea of possibilities. The place to start looking is inside yourself – in your past.
If you want to move forward, you have to dream backward.
– Jon Acuff
- What have you done in your life that was the most fulfilling?
- What do you do that makes time accelerate? When do you lose track of time?
- What accomplishments are you most proud of?
- What do people tell you you’re great at (and you shrug it off most likely)?
- What do people ask you to help them with?
These are just a few questions to help you begin your search.
Recapture Your Past
Get a notebook and start writing these things down. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. If you love bombing down the slopes through this powder, write it down. If you lose track of time reading twitter posts, write it down.
Beware: Your brain will try to filter the results before they make it to the paper. Don’t let it. Write down everything no matter how off topic or useless it seems.
Start exploring the things that make you tick.
Take your time. Do this over a week slowly building your list. When you’ve got a few pages of ideas start going back through them and look for patterns.
If you’re really interested in finding your passion check out Brent Green and Josh Bulloc over at Pursuing Your Calling. I’m listening to their free audiobook “True North” right now it’s full of awesome ideas from two talented coaches in this area.
Here are three questions Brent recommends in True North to help you uncover your passion:
1. What are the recurring themes in your life? What keeps coming back up over and over again?
2. What activities are you compelled to do? What must you do or it drives you crazy?
3. What movies are you drawn to? What are the common threads in these movies that strike a chord in you?
What’s something you do that makes time accelerate?