Do you ever wonder why you’re doing what you’re doing? Do you wake up and hate the situation you’re in, and wonder what your end game is? If someone were to offer you a way out of your current work situation, would you take it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have a problem — no offense. You’re lacking something integral. That something is passion. Passion is a burning desire that you can’t get rid of even if you wanted to. Your life will not feel accomplished until you get on the path to pursuing your passion and doing work that excites and fulfills you.
Only you truly know what you’re passionate about. This may be a scary thought (you’ve been warned), but you hold the power of turning your dreams into a reality. It’s a scary thought because there’s no more relying on mommy and daddy to tell you what’s right. This is all you. You hold the power to control your destiny.
I’m going to share with you a few unconventional ways to go about discovering what you’re passionate about. These may seem simple, but it’s typically the simple things that escape us. We tend to over complicate things, and stress ourselves out when the answer is right under our noses.
I’ve personally pursued several ideas that I was not passionate about. I don’t consider them a waste of time, but a learning experience that I have the privilege of sharing with you in hopes of saving you time.
1. Don’t always look at the hard skills.
As human beings, we often feel as though we are not talented if we don’t have any hard skills such as the ability to dance, sing, write, cook or play sports really well. We tend to forget about our soft skills, such as being a good conversationalist, or extremely organized, which are just as important. Are you easy to talk to? Maybe you’re passionate about helping people solve their problems. That’s a skill. Dig a little deeper to find out what makes you, you. Your skill, no matter what it is, is an asset to someone else because everyone needs help in some area of his or her life.
2. It’s all about trial and error.
Finding what you’re passionate about is just trial and error. Remember the Super Mario video games? If you do, you’ll remember those green pipes that you would have Mario jump into without having any idea where it might take him. You just hope it’s the right place. Well, the quest to finding your passion is similar. You try one idea, and sometimes it doesn’t take you where you’re trying to go. However, if you keep trying, one will eventually get you where you need to be. There will be times when you may legitimately think what you’re doing is your passion, and then one day come to the realization that it’s not what you’re meant to do. You may feel like you wasted your time, but in reality you didn’t. You followed a feeling and it didn’t turn out to be right. That’s completely okay. The most important thing is that you learned, and the next step is to refocus, and refocus quickly.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Alicia T. Glenn