Awareness of what you love is a great guide for your work and life. It is a built-in compass for where you should go if you want to be fulfilled and happy. So much of life discourages your dreams. You may even hear from others that you are not meant to be happy. What???!!! Yes, you are meant to be happy. That is part of the journey of life – to find the bliss that leads you to your purpose.
What makes you happy and lights you up? Give it some importance in your life. It can make the difference between a life well lived and a commonplace life without meaning.
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1. Commit to being happy in your life and work
2. Think back on your life and name 3 things you once loved to do
3. Explore and try new things
4. Talk to others, who you think are doing fun things, about their passions
5. Talk to others who are living and working in a way you would like to be
6. After these talks, use what you learned from them and take some action
7. Take one day, or part of a day, a month to enjoy yourself – see if what you do gives you any clues to your passion
8. Learn about The Hero’s Journey and see your own life as one
9. Get out of situations and relationships that are negative for you
10. Believe that finding your passion is possible
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Many people have told me that the concept of “finding your passion” stops them in their tracks. It seems so big and they are not sure how to get there.
Finding your passion starts with your intent to be happy in your work and life. If you follow what makes you happy, you will have a great compass to guide you. It is a step-by-step journey of uncovering clues as you go along. The only thing that can sabotage you is giving up.
If you have not yet found your passion, make your happiness and fulfillment a priority. Commit not to being miserable in your life or work. And, be willing to change. You may have to go out of your comfort zone and it may take some time – it’s worth it.
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A recent New York Times article, Graduating And Looking For Your Passion? Just Be Patient. addresses the ever-present call to find your passion. The focus of the article is on new graduates, but there are bits of wisdom in it for all of us. The article suggests that finding your passion is not achieved with a flash of insight and a trumpet blast, but rather by fostering your interests and sense of purpose.
Throughout my time coaching, I have seen people paralyzed by the call to find their passion. They think they have missed it and have no idea how to find it. Take a few steps towards what you’d like to do and trust your intuition. As with many things in life, persistence and focus will get you there. Don’t let the expectations or admonitions of others trip you up. Make your own rules. Your passion is waiting for you.
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Innovation starts inside you. Many innovators have started with passion that comes from within. Innovation is, by its nature, new and unique. I’m not sure others can teach you innovation. Others may provide their own story of how they came to innovate, but each person’s passion is unique and theirs alone.
If you aspire to innovate, access and nurture your creative self. First, you find your inner creativity (yes, not as easy as writing these words) and then you keep it alive. Then, you bring your creative self to the world around you. If you want to innovate, look within.