We live in a generation where everyone is talking about “making your passion become your income.” It’s become a pretty big thing. Some people are 21 or younger making six figures doing exactly what they love and are extremely happy. Some are making just enough to get by doing what they love… and are happy. When you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. You’ll find yourself happy to get up in the morning because you know you’re doing something that you actually enjoy doing. Getting paid for it is usually just a bonus.
However what if you don’t know what your passion is?
80% of college freshman in the United States end up changing their majors. Some studies have shown that students tend to change their majors multiple times throughout their college career.
The reason for that is that a lot of people don’t really know what it is they really want to do in life.
Not everybody is lucky enough to have their passion for their future career laid out in front of them. Some people are not even introduced to their passion until much later on in life.
7 Steps To Discovering Your Passion
Are there practical ways to find true passion in life?
The answer is yes. So, if you haven’t discovered your passion yet, here are seven steps to doing just that.
It’s OK not to know right now. In this generation despite how on sure we all seem to be, we all seem to also put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have it all together at a young age.
Martha Stewart did not publish her first book until she was over 41 years
old. Julia Child’s first cookbook published when she was 39. She did not get on TV until she was over 50.
No matter how old you are right now, you don’t half to know what your
passion is. You don’t have to have it all together at this very moment in time. So breathe.
2. Make a list of things you’re naturally good at.
Get out a pen and paper or type it up on your computer. What are you talented at without any real practice? Are you a naturally good singer? Do you find that you can draw and you’ve never had so much as an art class? What natural talents do you have? No matter how small or insignificant you think it is, write it down.
3. Take some time to reflect on what you loved to do as a child.
You would be really surprised at how our childhood passions are things that we’re still passionate about as adults. Somehow life can make us forget these things. When I was a little girl, I loved to write. I owned like five journals with locks on them, and I wrote in each and every one of them each day. I love to tell stories and write songs and share them with people. I didn’t realize until much later on in life that the love that I had for writing was something that I never lost and wanted to actually pursue. I graduated high school thinking that I wanted to be a lawyer. As it turns out, I can’t even imagine myself as a lawyer now.
You don’t have to make your decisions right away. Take your time and meditate on the things you’ve written down and the things you’ve reflected on so far. Clear your mind and try not to let yourself stress about it. Meditation is a good way to find clarity.
5. Try new things.
Like I said before, some people aren’t even introduced to the things that they are passionate about until later on in life. So it may help you to go out and try things you’ve never tried before because you might fall in love with it.
Johnny Depp never wanted to be an actor. He moved to California to pursue music. He ended up meeting Nicolas Cage who introduced him to acting, and he only did it for the experience and to pay for furthering his music career.
Now, will look at hi Johnny Depp never wanted to be an actor. He moved to California to pursue music. He ended up meeting Nicolas Cage who introduced him to acting, and he only did it for the experience and to pay for furthering his music career. Now, look at him. Can you imagine a world without Johnny Depp on the big screen? So, go out and experience something new. Your passion may be the last thing you ever expected.
6. Pay Attention.
None of the steps will really do you any good if you have no sense of self-awareness. Pay attention to how you feel when doing new things. Pay attention to how you feel when reflecting on old things.
Pay tension to the excitement you feel when you’re just talking about something. When explaining your current job to a friend, could you just go on forever?
Or do you just give them a summary and then you want to change the subject? You could be passionate about something that you think is just a hobby. Pay attention to what excites you and what makes you eager to move forward.
7. Trust yourself.
If you feel like you know what you’re passionate about, believe it and pursue it. It doesn’t matter what everyone else says. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t an easy route to become successful. It matters what excites you on the inside and what motivates you to want to put in that work. Pursuing our passions can be scary, but trust in your talent. Go with your gut. You’re rarely wrong about what makes you happy.
Discovering your passion is a simple process, but it is not an easy one. It takes time and
sometimes it can be frustrating when you have no idea what it is that you want to do in life. But with something, you just have to be patient. If you don’t know what your passion is, keep pushing towards, and you’ll find it. Do you know what your passions are? Are you
pursuing them? What steps did you take to discovering what you are passionate about? Let us know in the comments below!
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