Are you an empty nester or soon-to-be retired? You will find some extra time on your hands.
So, what do you want to do with your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What’s your passion in life?
These simple questions have the power to strike fear into our lives!
We fear these questions because we don’t have an answer – and they are such extremely important questions as you move on to the next chapter in your life. One of the most common stumbling blocks to launching a passion-based life is figuring out what you’re passionate about in the first place. Sadly, many of us go about finding our passion in the wrong way.
If you’re wondering why you need passion in the first place, remember this: It’s part of the meaning of life. Passion is the thing that makes you come alive. Your passion is what makes life worth living. It drives you forward and keeps you going when things get tough. It’s the thing that makes you feel like there’s nothing else in the world but you and what you love.
And yet, it can be hard to find your passion—to know what it is, or even how to get started when it comes to figuring out what it is. But don’t worry! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of steps to help you find your passion today. These questions can give you clues about your true passions. As you answer the following questions, think about the answer, but when you feel something stirring from within, this is your truth and your passion. Listen from the inside out.
1. Start with what you already know
- What am I great at?
- Do you have a hobby or something you loved doing as a child?
- What do I get excited about?
- What activities bring me joy and satisfaction in my personal life?
- What subjects are you constantly gravitating toward?
- What are you already spending your time, money, and energy on?
- What thread(s) have been recurring in your life again and again?
- Anything “lights you up,” so to speak?
- Look at your book collection, magazines, music, and movies. Notice any themes?
2. Take a leap of faith
What would I do if money wasn’t an issue?
What do you love to talk about, learn, and/or teach others about?
If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, ask close friends and family (the honest ones) what you never seem to shut up about.
Create a vision board. No rules; start by pulling pictures, magazine photos, anything on a board, anything that stirs a feeling in your heart. Now step back, and what is your vision board showing you?
3. Let yourself be surprised by where your journey takes you. You need to get out of your comfort zone and have new experiences.
Take a class.
Join a sport.
Travel somewhere new.
Try new foods.
Meet new friends.
Research something you always thought seemed interesting. Answering the “what are you passionate about?” will take some work. It will probably make you feel uncomfortable at first. Life – and finding your passion – begins at the end of your comfort zone.
What do I want to learn more about, no matter how much I learn?
4. Passion can’t be found in your head because it lives in your heart.
- Do you feel excitement (perhaps even a little fear) when you imagine a specific topic or possibility? Those are all good signs.
- Open your eyes to the world around you.
- Watch for things that inspire or interest you.
- Are there any activities around you that you’d love to get involved in?
- Is there anyone you know who is doing something really interesting?
- The first time I took a yoga class, I started crying (happy tears, of course) because doing it felt right.
5. When you look back at your life, is there something you wished you would have done with your life?
- What is your biggest regret?
- What do you wish you had experienced?
- How do you want to be remembered? All these questions will unlock something in you and hint at what matters to you. It won’t be what society has conditioned you to think it is.
- Still, drawing a blank on how to find your passion in life? If you spend your days sitting in front of the TV, you’ll never figure out what ignites that spark of passion.
6. Shift your perspective.
- The answer to discovering your passion is often right before you, but you refuse to see it. Open your eyes and believe that life can be extraordinary. To make your life a masterpiece, you must become unstoppable.
- Turn your “shoulds” into “musts,” eliminate excuses, and accept nothing less than a joy-filled life. This may sound impossible at first, but once you commit to overcoming your fears, you’ll be able to overcome self-doubt and reservation. This is the first step to finding your passion.
- Keep in mind that finding your passions isn’t a one-time process that happens in a single day. Your passions may change throughout your whole life.
- Don’t forget that all of this will be a lot of work, but it will be the best investment you’ve ever made. Put in the time to learn how to find your passion, and you will find that your days are more fulfilling and produce more happiness and well-being in the long term.
Now that you’ve gotten this far, the next step is to take consistent passion-based action each day. That could mean writing, making videos, recording audio, taking a class, or somehow engaging in an activity you love.