Living life without a purpose would make it meaningless.
If you don’t have something precious you are working for, then how do you know you are walking in the right direction? On the other hand, finding your passion means living life as you desire. It helps you make the most out of every minute so that, when your time comes, you won’t have any regrets. It’s important to be mindful of this.
Unfortunately, many people struggle with finding their passion. They feel lost whenever they think about the “greater purpose” their lives should hold because they’ve been told that this is what passion should be about. Talk about immobilizing pressure! Frankly speaking, your passion doesn’t have to be for the greater good. All it matters is how it affects you and your life.
Here’s how you can simply find your passion and always do what you love.
List Down What You Love Doing
First things first: you will start by listing down everything you love and enjoy doing. It doesn’t have to be something grand, at least, not at first. You will figure out your purpose in life after you find your passion. For now, just list down everything that gives you happiness whenever you do it. This can include gaming, drawing, painting, reading comics, narrating stories, or any other hobbies. You can definitely include more technical stuff, like managing money, making projects using your hands, researching new technologies, and anything else.
Identify the Intersection Point
To find your passion, you first need to define what passion means. Passion is the intersection between what you love, what you are good at, what makes money, and what is beneficial. That’s why you’ve started with listing down what you love doing, and next, you will list down what you are good at out of everything you enjoy. This is all easy so far, right? Well, here’s how it gets a little complicated. You will only find your passion once you realize how you can use what you are good at, in making money and providing value. If you don’t have ideas off the bat, you will have to brainstorm some ideas first.
Brainstorm Passion Project Ideas
There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Your passion doesn’t have to be something that no one has ever thought about before; it only has to be something that makes you feel fulfilled. A great starting point would be to explore passion projects which give you purpose or at least make you feel excited about taking them on. You may think about starting a blog, launching a YouTube channel, making crafts and selling them to your acquaintances, giving online courses, or creating an online gallery. Just think about what you feel excited about and go for it.
Look for Successful Stories
After narrowing down the niche of the projects, start looking for inspiring stories of people who succeeded in following their passion. Look for inspirational talks by self-made billionaires, geniuses, and famous influencers, but also look for ordinary people who were persistent in following their passion. These are the most inspiring stories that will help you realize that there’s nothing you can’t do.
An Experiment in Different Fields
So far, you’ve been filling yourself with inspiration and motivation. It can feel like you can barely contain your excitement at this point. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started! Start with the idea that appeals to you the most and experiment with it. If it doesn’t work, don’t be discouraged to try another one, and a third, and a fifth, and then keep trying some more until you find something that speaks to your soul. Keep in mind that, in this phase, your goal is not to pursue your passion; rather, it’s to find it. The journey of finding your passion is the destination you’re looking for, so have patience.
Persistent Practice Makes Perfect
Once you finally settle on the passion that speaks to your soul, get ready to be committed. The truth is that nothing comes easy. You will never find your passion if you are waiting for something to keep you motivated at all times. Always remember that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. That applies to your passion as well.
In a world where everyone is running a marathon, taking small steps can feel so underwhelming. That gets us into a vicious loop of following other people’s expectations and failing to take the all too-needed time off to figure out our own passion. However, sometimes all you need is to distance yourself from the chaos so you can take a better look at the bigger picture.