37. Discover Your Purpose and Passion
Happy Thanksgiving folks! As the clock on 2017 winds down, I figured it was a good time to create a quick video on purpose and passion. I get tons of questions about these two areas, although I firmly believe they are one in the same. Your passion informs your purpose.
In this week’s visual episode, I outline a few ideas on what you can do to discover your passion and I also give you a homework assignment at the end. Don’t worry, it’s not anything too difficult, just a few action steps that will hopefully help you reveal and start moving toward your passion.
Try New Things
- Sign-up for courses. Courses help you explore without having to commit too much time and energy. You’re allowed to dabble to see what strikes a chord with you. Some classes are even free so try one.
- Join networking groups. What better way to gain energy from like-minded people who share the same interests. This is also a good way to exchange ideas, contacts, or resources.
- Volunteer. Again, a great way to meet people while serving others.
Analyze What You’re Currently Doing
- Examine your hobbies. What has drawn you to or kept you interested in these activities?
- What do you do during your off hours? Think about things that are not commitments but something you prioritize in the evenings after work or on the weekend.
- What do you do for fun? Everything or activity isn’t considered “fun” to everyone so what is your unique definition? and why do you consider these activities fun?
- What do you nerd-out about? We’re all geeks about a certain area or topic that when asked, we can talk for hours on end about it.
- Determine what you like and dislike about your job. You’re sure to have a few “Aha” moments from this question.
- Ask people what they think you’re good at. We all have blind spots. Asking for a second or third opinion about your strengths can reveal things you are unaware of or it can even help confirm some of your talents or skills.
Answer These Potential Passionate-Discovering Questions:
- What are three times in your life when you were most fulfilled?
- What do you value?
- What did you enjoy doing as a kid? Would your 10-year-old self be disappointed about the adult you’ve become? Why or why not?
- If money were not an issue or consideration, what would you do?
- What activity makes you forget about time, food, and bathroom breaks?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
- Develop a life purpose statement. Think of a company’s mission statement as an example.
- Create a vision board that reflects what you like to do and what you get excited about. Visual aids are sometimes the greatest motivators.
- Go on an adventure today. No excuses!!! Take action.
- Starting today, track what makes you happy until the end of the year. There may not be a moment each day, but when there is, write it down. The easiest way to do this is to track your smiles and laughter; those a generally good indicators of a happy moment.
Remember, it’s okay to be multi-passionate and to align your goals with a purpose and passion. Most importantly, follow your heart and gut, they will never fail you.
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