Passion: one of the most overused and abused words. So they say.
Well, I for one, believe in passion so much. Why? Because it’s the reason why I never hate Mondays any more. It’s the reason why I was led to starting my own biz and creating my dream life. It’s also the reason why, despite all the difficulties I have went through, I am still consistent and still continue to persevere despite the odds.
Passion is such a strong motivational tool, but rarely do people see its power. I know, because I still see a lot of people unhappy with their jobs and their lives.
“But I just don’t have the passion. I don’t know what I really want”. – Well, read on and you may just uncover the passion that’s been kept hidden within you all this time.
The strategies I’ve used to find my passion
1. Be introspective
Take the time to unravel some things within you by answering the following questions.
- What was your childhood story? What did you enjoy most doing when you were a child?
- What do you enjoy doing even if you aren’t paid to do it?
- What are your strengths?
- What are you so excited about?
People are usually passionate about their own personal story or history. When I was a little girl, I loved dolls more than anything.
My mom would always make sure to bring a doll for me from her trips overseas because she knew it would make me the happiest little girl. And I have never outgrown the doll lover in me.
I still keep a very small collection of one of a kind collector’s dolls. I just love to look at them. And because of my love for dolls, I started to learn how to knit, crochet, draw, illustrate, paint and sculpt. And I discovered that what I really love is to create. Creating something from nothing is my lifelong passion.
2. Don’t be afraid to try new things
After writing down your answers from the questions above, it’s time to try them. One at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
It’s only by trying that you can tell for sure if the passion you think you like is something you are genuinely passionate about.
I have lots of things that I thought I loved but the moment I tried them, I realize I didn’t quite enjoy the process. And that’s okay. That’s how you learn and understand what you like and don’t like.
3. Give yourself enough time to see the results
When you decide to try something, don’t get easily dissapointed when you don’t see the outcome you had in your mind.
When I first started learning how to illustrate and sculpt, dissapoinment was constant when I see my finished products and they didn’t match to the works of professional artists I follow on Instagram.
Of course it wouldn’t because you are only starting and you can only be better if you keep trying and not give up so easily.
Give yourself enough time to see for yourself the progress you make and stop comparing yourself to other people. Practice, practice and be consistent. It’s not about the skill, it’s about how it makes you feel. If you love what you’re doing, then keep it up. You might have just found your passion.
Passion is never about being skilled at something because skills can be acquired. It’s loving what you do despite how hard and how frustrating it can be at times. You do it, not because you’re so good at it but because of how it makes you feel.
And that’s why passion is so important because it aids you to move towards a more fulfilling life. Passion is still and always will be a worthy goal to achieve.