When someone asks me, “How do I find my passion?” My first response is, “What do you like to do? What energizes you? What excites you?” Answer those questions and then you’re on the right path. I know so many people who feel stuck in jobs they don’t like or for whatever reason their passion left a long time ago. In cases like that it needs to be asked, “What changed?”
Take a good look at those people, living or not, who stand out and found their passion. Mother Theresa had a passion for the lost and disenfranchised. Warren Buffet has a passion to do the best for his investors. Look at any of those people who excelled in sports and they exhibited passion that sustained them through their careers.
Here is the challenge. Finding one’s passion is only half the battle. Once it’s decided then people need to move forward with being intentional about putting themselves in a position to develop their passion. The best method to do this is to detail things you like to do and things you don’t. Even in everyday job tasks we make choices what to do with our time. Maximize the opportunities for activities relating to passion. Minimize those that don’t. Certainly we all have tasks that just need to get done but all to often people get bogged down with those things that don’t energize them and don’t excite them.
I know a woman who enjoys writing but she needed to work night shift in a local convenience store gas mart. In the wee hours of the morning at 2am or 3am when there were few or no customers she would hand write the romance novel she always wanted to pen. It was published and she is now writing sequels. By the way, she no longer works night shift at the gas mart.
I know many people who have followed their passion but the common denominator for these people is intentionality and a focus to move forward. Forward motion. That’s the key. No matter what your dream and no matter what your passion every day needs to be viewed as an opportunity. The choice is yours but the formula seems pretty simple and the options are apparent. People can stagnate and feel they are at a dead-end or stuck or they can choose forward motion. I think forward motion is better.