Take a stroll down memory lane and make a list
Think back to when you were a kid. What are some of the things you
really loved doing? What are some of the things you thought were
really cool but could not do? What are some of the things you really
wanted to try but did not think you’d be good at it? Write everything
down, no matter how silly it may sound. This is a great time to throw
practicality completely out of the window and live in a fantasy land,
even if only for a moment. Take some time with this but not too long.
You don’t want to spend the rest of your days dreaming about what
your passion could be. You want to actually pursue it!
Consider your current job. What are some things that you are tasked
with doing at work that you enjoy?
While this may not be as fun as strolling down memory lane, it’s
important to consider what you enjoy doing as an adult. Make a
separate list. It may be best to do this while you’re actually at work so
you can fully assess your daily tasks. Write down everything that
comes to mind even the most mundane tasks. While it may not seem
very cool to write that you enjoy creating spreadsheets or collating
papers, it still counts. Passion is not always considered cool or trendy
but if you love it, you should explore it.
What would you do if you had all of the money you needed and did not have to worry about paying your bills?
We all have to work to live. Yes we no longer have to work from sun
up to sun down just to put food on the table (for the most part), but we
still have bills to pay and mouths to feed (even if it’s just your own
mouth). This is another fun exercise and you’re allowed to be as
fanciful as you like. Practicality has no place in the world where all of
our financial responsibilities are met and we’re able to just live as we
please. Make a separate list.
Now that you have these three lists, review them. You may notice some
similarities between the lists. Take note of the similarities. If you’re a fan of
color coding, you can color code them or you can just make a separate list.
The similarities you discover will lead you down the road to pursuing your
passion. In fact, you may find some passions that are ripe for you to begin
exploring right away. However, don’t throw away the other lists. Keep them
in a safe place that you can easily access. Some of the other things on
your list may be worth exploring at a later date. Even if it’s an interest on
one list, it could still take you down a path to your passion. The cool thing
about passions is that they can often lead to other things you really enjoy.
The next step in this process is to go out and do some of the things from
your final list. Approach this process in an exploratory manner, don’t rush it.
Finding your passion should not be approached like a timed task. The whole
point is to discover things that you enjoy and then do them. I realize that
may be easier said than done but it’s an important step in the process.