Pursuing what you're passionate about is a key component of living a happy and healthy life. So whether you feel like you haven't quite found it yet or you need help resurrecting it, here are a few tips to help you discover (or rediscover) your passion.
1. Let go of your fears. The greatest inhibitor of pursuit of passion is fear. One of the most common fears is related to money--if I do what I enjoy, I won't make "enough" money. Another common fear relates to what others will think of you. If these fears are getting in your way, here are a few things to consider:
2. Listen to and trust your inner voice. With an open mind and fears aside, make a list of activities or interests that excite you. What makes you happy? Here are a few exercises you can use to figure this out:
3. Tune in to your environment. Another way to discover your passion(s) is to pay attention to the types of experiences you create for yourself or that you're drawn to.
4. Ask others. Sometimes, we're too afraid or too locked into our day-to-day routines to recognize our true passion(s). This is where others might be able to help.
5. Be patient and flexible. Pursuing a passion requires that you adopt a "journey" mentality, not a "straight line to a destination or bust" mentality. Simply embrace what you enjoy and create opportunities to explore these parts of yourself. Some may fit you well; others may not. That's okay. Also, it's important to be flexible in the sense that what excites and inspires you now may not necessarily be what excites and inspires you in years to come.
In closing, remember that passion is not what you do, it's what you feel. So here's to feeling great!
Virtually every great accomplishment or movement was started by someone who believed passionately in something--and someone who believed passionately in that person -- Margaret Warren
© 2011 Sherrie Bourg Carter, All Rights Reserved
Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).