‘Follow your passion!’
It has a wonderful ring to it doesn’t it? It sounds so enticing and seductive, it’s little wonder we latch on it as a mantra for the way forward! I mean, just imagine a world where we’re all following our passion and living our passion!
I regard myself as someone lucky enough to be doing exactly that – following and living MY passion – but I know it’s something that many of us think about and dream about without actually doing anything about it! (Been there… got the t-shirt!)
The thing is, when you don’t actually know WHAT your passion is, being told to ‘follow’ it is pretty frustrating advice! And even if you DO know what it is, making it a reality can often feel totally unattainable – and it’s pretty hard to follow something that’s so out of reach!
The world needs your passion!
Yes, the WORLD needs your passion. It NEEDS you to be doing the thing that light you up and makes you come alive.
The world needs you to find your passion!
So with such a LOT at stake, here’s a process to help you do exactly that, so you can get on with doing what you really want to do with your life AND make the world a better place at the same time!
It’s time for you to find it and name it so you can start living it.
Set your intention
If you’re reading this I’m guessing you’ve tried the ‘wait and see approach’! Let’s face it, it’s not exactly a reliable strategy is it… and it certainly isn’t fast!
If you want to manifest your dream, your first powerful step is to simply set your intention to do it. By doing this, you instantly make it clear to yourself and others that you’re ‘in the game’. It signifies commitment and announces to the universe ‘I’m serious about this’.
Honestly, it may sound simple but this is a fundamental and powerful first step towards realising your desired outcome. You may have heard different sayings which support this – ‘Energy flows where our attention goes’ and ‘What we focus on expands’ – or you may well have experienced the phenomenon yourself, where the act of simply stating your intentions seems to bring about opportunities to fulfill them. Intention produces focused energy and it is this you can harness and use to accelerate the achievement of your dreams and ambitions.
Adopt an open mind
If you start out convinced that finding your passion is hard or an unrealistic a pipe dream, you put yourself at an immediate disadvantage. After all, how can you expect to find your passion if you don’t really believe it’s possible?
Keep an open mind and be aware of and receptive to all those little signs, nudges and signals encouraging you to explore new possibilities. Be curious…. and be willing to be led by your curiosity and excitement.
Search for the clues
The thing to remember is this – your ‘passion’ is already there within you! Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in box with a label on it – you have to do some detective work and start searching for clues!
And the best place to start is by looking back as a way of helping you move forward.
As you look back over your life, you’ll notice that certain experiences stand out – some because they were positive, experiences… when you felt really happy, fulfilled and ‘in your element’, others because they were difficult and challenging – either way, they will have had a profound impact on the course of your life. It’s these experiences which are so valuable to delve into in the search for clues and insights.
Connect the dots
Make a list of the experiences that stand out and then look within them and try to extract the essential elements that lie at their core. Don’t be despondent if at first glance it all looks like an eclectic mish-mash of disconnected bits and pieces because once you have all the pieces in front of you it’s so much easier to connect the dots and piece it all together to create something unique and new – your very own Plan P.
For example, when I went through this process it soon became clear that I was happiest and most fulfilled when I was ‘teaching’ but NOT as a classroom teacher or as an IT trainer (although both were good for a while). When I dug deeper and looked for the essential elements that lay at their core, I discovered things like connection, community, inspiration, support and empowerment. And it’s no surprise that those elements ALL feature strongly in my work now – but without the children or the playground duties!
Who would benefit from this?
Be alert to who might want and need your newly emerging passion, and start getting to know them so you can get clearer on what and how you can serve them.
If you want to generate an income doing what you enjoy and what you’re good at, then these are the questions you need to ask this question:
- Who would benefit from this?
- How could you use your passion to help make other people’s lives better?
- Whose journey could you help shorten?
Get out and mingle
Whoever said ‘isolation is a dream killer’ was spot on! Trying to find inspiration huddling over a laptop is not something that’s ever worked for me! And let’s face it, family and friends aren’t always the best people to bounce ideas off!
What DOES work for me – and what I encourage my clients to do – is to get out and about and surround yourself with people who are living examples of what’s possible. Get yourself along to networking groups and meet-ups with like-minded others. There is nothing quite so encouraging, inspiring and energising as being in the company of those who are out there doing the very things you aspire to do – after all, if they can do it, so can you!
What’s courage got to do with it you might ask. Well, when you find your passion and decide to follow it, you will, sooner or later (probably sooner!) come up against something with the power to stop you dead in your tracks! And that something is your own resistance. And it will offer you all kinds of ‘reasons’ why you shouldn’t, couldn’t or mustn’t set off on this journey.
So yes, it takes courage to embrace fear and uncertainty and to take the leap of faith required to follow your passion but remember, the world needs you in it doing the thing that brings you joy and lights you up…. that’s exactly what this world needs from you. And there’s a you-shaped hole out there that desperately needs to be filled.
Now it’s your turn…
What do you think? Have you already found your passion? Or are you still searching? Has this article given you an idea on how to get started?
I’d love you to share your experience and knowledge in the comments box below.