Renovate Your Passions
“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” T. Alan Armstrong
Finding our passion may be easy for some of us. Yet I have talked to hundreds of people who say they have no idea what their passions are. There is nothing wrong either way – if you know your passions – great! If you do not know what you are passionate about that is great as well because you can find them if you look.
The tips below are ways that others have found their passion. Take a few that fit your personality and your lifestyle and try them out. You have nothings to lose – finding your passion or reconnecting with your true passions will take your life in a new direction. The time invested in the journey will pay off – the rewards will be great.
Visit the past. List all the things you loved to do as a child. List the things you wanted to be when you grew up. Take time to think back to who you were and what you loved as a child.
Write a LOVE list. Write down all the things you LOVE doing. Include things from every area of your life.
Ask. Ask others what they think you are most passionate about. Ask them to describe you in detail. Invite them to give you feedback and to share their honest thoughts.
Describe your perfect day. Write down what your perfect day looks like in vivid detail. Write down everything you would do from the time you woke up to the time you went to bed. Describe activities, smells, sights, sounds – use as much detail as possible. .
Describe your leisure activities. List the types of books you like to read, the kinds of movies you watch and they things you do for fun. What, if anything, do these things have in common? Write down any thoughts you have about how these things tie together.
Describe the NO’s. What do you NOT like doing? List all the things you could never see yourself doing, all the things you are definitely not passionate about. Write down things that bore you, zap your energy or are just a waste of time. Sometimes describing what we do NOT want to do helps us to begin to think about what we really WANT to do.
List your strengths. Write down all the things you are good at. List your greatest strengths. Ask others for help with this one if you need to. After you have written down all your thoughts, ask yourself if these things point to anything?
Try something new. You never know what you like until you try it. If there has been something you want to do – try it and then decide if you like it. Stay open and willing to continue trying new things. You may not find it the first few times but it is good practice.
Brainstorm. Grab a piece of paper and write down all the things that come to mind when you think of living a passionate life.
Things you do for free. Write down all the things you would do for free.
Interview others. Take time to meet and interview people who are living their passion. Ask them about their journey. Ask them if you could job shadow them sometime. Ask them to give you their best advice. You will be amazed at how willing people are to help.
What do you value? Write down your core values. What are the absolutes in your life?
Get tested. Take some personality tests. There are hundreds of different kinds of tests you can take to get to know yourself better.
Be quiet. Get quite and listen to your gut. We often know our truth we just need to get quiet and listen to it.
Be confident. Take time to develop your self-esteem. The better people feel about themselves, the more open they are to their passions.
Take risks. Practice taking risks. When we take risks we are overcoming our fears. Finding your passion is often all about getting out of our own way and walking through our fears.
Be positive. Remove negative people and situations from your daily life. Negativity and passion do not mix well.