You may have heard many people talk about ‘finding your passion’ but what does it actually mean?
So with all these different meanings, what does it actually mean? Well I think it’s a personal thing and only you will know what it means and feels like when you find your passion.
The easiest way to think about it is to think of someone who HAS found their passion. How do they behave? How do they approach their work? What are they like when they are doing the thing that brings them passion?
From my experience, people who have found their passion are generally people who have filled their entires lives with passion. Passion is like a vital energy force that sweeps into every area of their life.
We all have the potential to live passionate lives but sometimes it just needs to be sparked into life. And for most people, that can start off with finding and doing work that you enjoy, something that makes you come alive and doing work that you find meaningful and important.
When I started out in the corporate world, I really felt like the work I was doing made a real difference. I was proud of the Powerpoint presentations I created and felt like I was doing work that mattered.
But as the years went by I realised that all I was doing was pushing paper and changing the colour themes on the slides. I found it all so pointless. I couldn’t see how my efforts or work were being translated into something real that mattered.
This dull energy started to infiltrate the rest of my life. I turned up to the office with no energy or enthusiasm. I felt tired and frustrated all the time. In turn I felt too tired to look after my physical health and didn’t spend time at the gym or any time on me. I was too tired to cook healthy meals so opted for fast food and carb filled soggy sandwiches. I felt like I had no energy for life or work. I felt stagnated and stuck.
But then I started to write. At first, just a few hundred words, a few short stories here and there for my own private consumption. And when I wrote something strange happened. I felt excited. Just the process of putting pen to paper and watching the page fill with my creation filled me with joy.
I wrote privately as I was too filled with fear and insecurity to share my words with others. But then I finally took the plunge, quit the day job and declared to the world my intentions of becoming an author Entrepreneur.
Now when I tell people what I do, they usually comment on how much happier I appear and how excited I seem. I can talk endlessly on the topic of writing and self publishing. It’s what makes ME feel and come alive. I finally feel I am growing, learning and thriving. I am no longer stuck in a sinking sandpit. I am moving forward.
So if you are still in the process of finding your passion, just ask yourself, what brings you joy? What makes you happy?
It doesn’t have to be something that you have to monetize straight away. Focus on the joy and the feelings of positive energy that the activity brings you. Money is always a by-product of the actual task. And you are more likely to make a living with something you enjoy compared to doing something you don’t like (at least in the long-term). And if you don’t make money straight away, you still benefit from the feelings of joy and happiness the activity brings you. So really its a win-win situation.
And when you do find your passion, you find that this positive energy leaks into other areas of your life.
When I re-discovered how much joy I got from reading and writing (I had ALWAYS wanted to be a writer but my grown up self had convinced me that it was never a viable career option), I started to feel more joy in my life. I felt like my work had meaning to it.
I started to focus on things that mattered such as my health and well-being. This gave me the clarity to quit a job that caused me unhappiness and negatively affected my health. This in turn led me to developing a gym habit and adopt healthy eating habits.
So finding your passion actually has multiple positive side effects. It can be hard to find to begin with but once you do, its well worth it.
Are you living your passion? Or are you still searching for it? Please share in the comments below.