Finding what I wanted to do with my life was the toughest thing I ever had to do. At one point I truly believe I was meant to live a life without passion.
It took me more than 5 years to find it. It gave me countless headaches and sleepless nights. But I can now share with you 6 simple steps that will shorten the time that will take you to find your true passion in life.
1. Talk to people.
This is fundamental. Talking with people will allow you to see that you are not alone. That there are others going through similar circumstances. The more you think a problem is unique to you, the more likely is really common to everyone.
Seeing how other people struggled like me gave me hope. It allow me to understand that it was okay not knowing what I wanted to be. That being human is not knowing anything with certainty.
You can also ask them how they dealt with their problems. Perhaps the solution to their problems is the solution to your problems.
2. Ask the right questions
I learned this from one of Tony Robbin’s speeches. He talks about how asking the right questions improves your focus towards archiving what you want out of life.
Asking better questions that will yield better answer is vital. What would a person gain by asking questions that are negative and disempowering (i.e. “Why does this always happen to me?”). This questions not only take the little power you have, but also point your attention in the wrong directing.
Great examples of question you should be asking yourself to find your passion in life are:
- What am I most happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy?
- What am I most excited about in my life right now? What about that makes me excited?
- What I am most proud of in my life? What about that makes me proud?
- What am I most grateful about in my life right now? What about that makes me grateful?
- What am I enjoying most in my life right now? What about that do I enjoy?
- What am I committed to in my life right now? What about that makes me committed?
I will recommend you to write your answers in a piece of paper. After you finish reading a question, close your eyes, breed deeply and try to answer the questions with a mental picture.
For example, if the question is, what makes you the most happy in your life? Close your eyes and try to Imagine what makes you the most happy. Picture yourself doing such activities and then write what you see.
When you finish all questions, make sure to keep that paper around. It will help you greatly when you are feeling confused or lost.
3. Let fear be your compass
Fear is powerful, is one of the best tools we have as humans. I am not talking about the fear that you get when you watch a scary movie. I am talking about the fear that grows in your belly. The fear you feel when you are faced with uncertainty, challenges and/or difficult decisions.
In life there will be times where you must jump before you are able to walk. Whatever you fear the most, you must do it, because once you have conquer those fears you have conquer your worst enemy… yourself, and once you have conquer yourself, there is no more fear. Fear will stop being fear and will finally become what has always been…a compass. The direction that your heart points towards that you must follow.
4. Try new things
If you haven’t found anything that you are passionate about, trying new things will help you stumble upon your passions. Try to keep an open mind and see anything as a possibility.
Learn a new language? why not?! Play the piano? Sure!, Make a website? Absolutely!
When you see anything as being possible, it becomes possible because you think is possible. If you think is impossible you are absolutely right. Things are as you think they are. This is ZEN.
5. Read Biographies
This is related to point number one but instead of talking to people you are reading about them, especially people who did amazing things. Same as regular people you will see that they too went through the same problems you are facing. People such as Abraham Lincoln who abolish slavery, Nelson Mandela who conquer apartheid, or Albert Einstein who revolutionize the way we see the world around us. You name it, everyone goes through the same problems. These are laws of life, laws that apply to everyone, anywhere, any time.
6. Take action right now.
What would you gain from reading all those books and asking all those questions if you are not willing to set time aside to take action on these thing? It only takes 10 minutes a day to get the ball rolling. The longer you postpone something the harder it becomes.
If you apply this in your life you won’t only find your passion, but you will find yourself. And even if you don’t become the next President or Mother Teresa you will find that you have already won because you will get to do what you love every single day of your life.
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