Discovering what you love most is an adventure in itself.
Almost three decades of my life had passed before I discovered the power of passions. If I hadn't become severely depressed as a college student unwilling to take the road that my class mates were taking and family had gone, desperate to find some other way of earning income, who knows how much longer it would have taken. Luckily I was forced to figure out this piece of life. I can’t imagine myself, my life without the delicious pursuits that my search uncovered.
Discovering and claiming something you love to do has an amazing effect on your entire life. It’s like a tiny perfect raindrop landing on a previously smooth, unremarkable expanse of water. The instant the drop arrives, beautiful waves of ever-enlarging rings flow across the entire surface, spreading out virtually to infinity.
This topic of finding your life's passion has been brought up without fail at every single one of my speaking engagements. I am asked this question in emails weekly and because it is what got me to where I am today living my passions it's something I had to share with you and begin discussing in detail as we continue to the end of 2013. For the next five days I will share a critical step to finding / unearthing your passion. Take time each day to really reflect on the step and how it applies to YOU.
I look forward to taking this journey with you, reading your comments and digging in as we find our passions.
So here’s how you can start your search:
1) Inventory Your Talents
What are you good at or have a natural aptitude for? Forget about what you’re good at but don’t really like doing much. I’m talking about the things you have a knack for that satisfy or happily occupy you.
Are there things you like to do that you don’t think you’re that good at, that other people have complimented you on? Perhaps you even dismissed or rejected their enthusiasm.
After much digging and questioning (I am a passion hound) I recently discovered that one of my coaching clients loves taking pictures. She rarely picks up her camera, as she didn't think she was any good nor had the time. But she had both!
I asked her to email me some favorite shots and they were fantastic. She was skeptical at first, but when I convinced her that I knew what I was talking about she could hardly contain her excitement. She finally had “permission” to fully embrace this pastime that she loves so much. Yet when I had asked about her passions in our first session, she had come up empty.
Identifying things you love that you’re good at is a great way to unearth potential passions. Don't be concerned if what you love isn't practical or common (I happen to get very excited about the uncommon).
Please note though that you don’t have to be good at something for it to quality as a passion. You don't have to ever earn a penny of income from it either. Talent can simply be a clue. When it comes to your passions, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy them.
Reflect on today's step and come back tomorrow for Step 2 "Pay attention to who makes you annoyed or jealous"
Have a beautiful day friends,
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