Find your passion, and start living the life you deserve.
If you’re like most people, you’re working a job that you hate and haven’t had a chance to find your passion.
A lot of people like to think that if they keep trying new jobs, their passion will just show up. Unfortunately this rarely happens in real life. To truly find your passion and define what it is that you’re destined to do in life, you need to take the time to figure it out.
These simple exercises will get you on your way to defining who you are and aiding you to find your passion.
Step One: Define Your Personal Values
In order to find your passion, you need to know who you are. As silly as it may sound, most people don’t really know who they are. This is especially true for adults who are between 20 and 35.
During this time in your life, you’re going through a lot of life changes. Who you are now isn’t who you were 10 years ago. Maybe you have a family now, or you had a life experience that changed your perception on a topic.
Whatever your personal values are, it’s hard to stick to them at all times if you don’t have them written out.
Write it out
No matter how much you think you know yourself, start writing out what your personal values are. For example, you can write: Always be thankful, never lie, always let someone know how you feel, know when to move on, etc.
It doesn’t matter what your personal values were 2 years ago. If you’ve changed, you’ve changed – just write out who you are this day in life.
Once you have your personal values written out, keep it somewhere you can always look back at it. When you’re faced with a life situation you aren’t sure what to do with, ask yourself if it fits into your personal values.
Step Two: Write Out Your Skills
Now that you’ve got your personal values established and written out, you’re one step closer on your journey to find your passion. It’s time to start writing out what your skills are.
Your passion is defined by your life experiences, and writing out your skills can help you find some insight on what it is you should be doing.
It’s important to remember a skill isn’t always something that you’re amazing at; a skill is defined as something that you are capable of doing. If you can write a poem, list it. If you know how to sharpen a knife, write it down. If you can fix a computer – definitely write it down!
There’s no limit to how much skills you can write it out, but if you’ve only got 20 skills written down you’re definitely missing stuff. In order to find your passion you need to list every single thing that you can do. A good goal to set is 50 skills, and if you reach 50 and have some more come up then aim for another 50. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous they seem or how simple they may be. Something as simple as brushing your teeth or changing a diaper can be written down as skills.
Step Three: Write Out Your Favourite Hobbies
Once you’ve got your skills set out, you’re now ready for the next step to find your passion. Similar to what you did with writing out your skills, it’s time to write out your hobbies.
Writing down your hobbies won’t be as much work as writing out your skills, but it may be a little bit more time consuming. If you had a hobby that you lost interest in, it still helps to write that out. For example, if you used to write short stories when you were 16, put it on your hobbies list.
One problem I had with writing out my hobbies was that I didn’t know what was really classified as a hobby. I eventually wrote out everything that I’ve done, and was able to determine what it is that I liked doing. Some examples from my personal list include astronomy, rock collecting, travelling, and making websites. Some of those I don’t do anymore, and some I don’t even care for at all anymore. Writing them all out is part of working to find your passion.
Step Four: Rate Your Hobbies & Skills
You’re halfway done at this point, and you’ve got some pretty impressive lists put together. Now is time to start doing all the hard work, and rating your hobbies and skills.
Hopefully you left enough room beside each item so that you can rate them. This is why I used an excel spreadsheet to put mine together. I was able to have my list in one column, and in the others I had my ratings.
The Rating System:
For each hobby and skill that you’ve listed you’ll want to rate how much you enjoy it and how good you are at it. Do so using a rating system on a scale of 1-10 for each group.
Skill - Level of Enjoyment | Skill Level Shoveling Snow - 1 | 7 Shoe Repair - 6 | 10 Brushing Teeth - 10 | 10
If you’re really good at repairing shoes, but don’t enjoy it like you used to – then the above example would suit you. If you can shovel snow but hate it, put a 1 under level of enjoyment and 7 under skill level. For the last example, if you really love brushing your teeth and are exceptionally good at it, you’re a 10-10
This is one of the most important steps on this path to find your passion, so it’s important to remember one thing:
Be completely honest with yourself!
Step Five: Pick Your Top Choices
Step five is a key point in completing the work needed to find your passion. Now that you have a ton of data compiled, it’s time to start doing some summarising.
Here you will make two lists:
List one is going to be a hand-picked list. Look back at your personal values and find which skills and hobbies most suit your personal values. List the five most suitable skills and hobbies that fit right into your personal values. It doesn’t matter how much you like it, or how good your at it. If it fits your personal values the most, put it on the list.
List two is going to consist of your top rated skills and hobbies. Simply add up the two numbers you listed beside each skill and hobby. Once you’ve added up all the numbers, take the top ten choices and list them somewhere else. If you have a lot of top choices that end in the same number, put them all on the list.
It doesn’t matter if you end up having 10 top choices or 20 top choices. What’s important is that you limit your list to be as short as possible (As long as it’s no shorter than 10 choices, of course)
Step Six: The Forever List
Now that you have 5 hand-picked choices and 10 top rated choices, it’s time to sift those some more. This final list I like to call the Forever List, and it’s the most crucial list to find your passion.
To compile your forever list, you need to choose 5 skills and hobbies that could do for the rest of your life. For this final list, you need to really imagine yourself doing only those 5 things forever.
If you die in 15 years after doing only those 5 things, would you die satisfied?
Step Seven: Find A Way To Use Your Top Choices
You made it this far, and things are only getting harder. Once you find your passion, it’s time to start living it out. The problem most people have with their passion, is that they don’t think they can do it for a living.
That’s completely wrong! No matter what is you want to do, it can be done. Sometimes you just need to be creative.
If your passion job doesn’t exist, then it’s up to you to make it exist. It may be as simple as reaching out to family and friends and telling them what you can do for them. From there you can let it grow.
The problem with that is, it doesn’t always work. Not everyone has a personal network that are both supportive and encouraging. In that case, you can always turn to the internet and starting reaching out to community groups or forums that are related to your passion.
The trick is to not stop doing it! If you truly are passionate about what you’re doing, you’ll find a way to make it work.
Taking things one step further
If you possess an entrepreneurial spirit and are willing to take things one step further, you can write out a business plan. Detail step by step what you will need and how you’re going to succeed.
If you plan on taking this route, I suggest you find a mentor and reach out to local groups that support new entrepreneurs.
Start Living Your Passion!
Finding your passion isn’t a spiritual journey that you stumble upon while walking the path of life. It’s a path that you have to carve your own way into. Taking the time to find your passion is an important part of living your most meaningful life.
For a good influential read, I recommend you check out the book “No Fear, No Excuses” by Professor Larry Smith. If reading isn’t for you, can also watch his Ted Talk “Why you fail to have a great career.” Maybe that will encourage you to pick up his book.
If you’ve found your passion, or plan to find your passion, send me an email and let me know how you did it or what you plan to do! It’s always inspiring to hear stories of those who have gone through the journey to find their passion.