“Find your passion and find yourself.”
How many of us have heard these words or ones like them, and thought, Sounds great, now how do I do it?”
Have you ever had this kind of conversation with yourself? “Where’s the deeper meaning? What am I really passionate about? What in the world am I doing with my life? Is this all there is?”
When you feel like life has no direction, it can make you feel lost or hopeless, but finding your passion can transform a purposeless life into one with deep meaning. Finding your passion is like finding your personal road map to who you were made to be. Discovering your passion makes you feel motivated, inspired, energized, with a clearer vision of what steps to take next.
Listen to the: Engaging Life and Leadership Podcast Show, this week we share ten ways to help you determine your passion, so you can lead a life you love.
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10 Ways to Discover and Engage Your Passion — Then Lead a Life You Love
“Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing. Something we were born with. Something that’s ours and ours alone. Something that can’t be taught to you or learned. Something that’s got to be remembered.” From the movie, Baggar Vance.
1. Slow down.
When we breathe deeply of our own lives, we often notice things we’ve overlooked, which is when we find the answers we’ve searched for. Prayer, Bible study, meditation, daily walks, or setting aside time each day to sit quietly and notice nature. Slowing down allows you to be still and know God, so you can hear what He has to say about your life.
2. Storyboard your life.
Create a Storyboard of your life, noting the highlights and lowlights. List the traumas and the celebrations of your existence up to this point. Recognizing the patterns in our lives gives us a mental picture of what works, what’s broken, and allows us to make informed decisions for our future. Ask yourself these questions: What themes or lessons continually surface in my life? What am I drawn to again and again? What areas of life seem to be full of discomfort and pain? What areas are full of joy and laughter?
Ideas flow more freely when we write without preconceived notions or an agenda. New inspiration often grows from a wacky root. Spend a few minutes of quality time each day with a pen and paper allowing yourself to process your thoughts without influence from the outside world. Brainstorming is a key to tapping into our true inner selves.
4. Cultivate confidence.
Henry Ford got it right, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” Daring failure is a terrifying leap, but without the risk, there can be no reward. Surround yourself with positive affirmations, encouraging scripture, make a vision board, or mind map. But however you do it, focus on the things you want, and give yourself the freedom to imagine your success.
5. Give yourself permission to get comfortable in your own skin.
You exist for a reason. You were created on purpose, with purpose, to fulfill a purpose. No one else has your unique blend of talents, wisdom, strengths, skills, and creativity. We all have special gifts to offer, and learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to discovering your passion, and leading a life you love.
6. Trust your faith more than your fear.
Even faith is a gift from God, so accept it, believe Him, and live like you do. Don’t allow fear to keep you from being all you are meant to be, and doing all you are meant to do. It’s tempting to tell ourselves we’ll take action when we have more experience, more money, or more time, but the truth is, if we wait, it will never happen. Identify your excuses, then refuse to accept them any longer. When you get clear on your fears and recognize how they’re holding you back, you can release yourself to move forward.
7. Get okay with having a little fun.
As adults, we’ve listened to a lot of voices that have stifled us for years. After awhile, we mimic those old voices, until we forget where and from whom they originated. Too often we get wrapped up in the expectations we set for ourselves. We focus on the details and the to-do lists instead of what is most important. What do you love to do? What makes you smile? If money were limitless, what would you be doing today? Start dreaming again, and have a blast while you do it. You’re a big kid now, no one can tell you not to dream.
8. Remember your passion.
Dig deep into your memory bank, until you unearth those things you forgot you loved. They don’t have to be artsy endeavors, power positions, or intellectual pursuits. Be okay with who you are, what you like, and take the courage to honor God with your time and talents. You were made for more — only you can define what more means to you!
9. Don’t fear choosing wrong.
We expend too much energy second-guessing ourselves. Either to the point that we don’t pull the trigger and act to begin with, or if we do make a choice, we waste untold minutes and hours wondering if we decided wrong. Stop wondering if you made the right decision. Stand firmly on your choice, and embrace it as the best one for you.
10. Re-write the end to your story.
If you keep doing what you’re doing now, you’ll keep getting the same results, and the end of your life’s story can be predicted based on those past behaviors. The question is, are you happy with the outcome you envision? We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, our abilities, and what we deserve. When we identify our negative self-talk, (I’m not good enough; I don’t deserve to be happy, God must be mad at me, etc.), then we can begin writing new stories that are grounded in confidence and courage, allowing us to Mindmap actions that will lead to the abundant life we truly desire.
Bonus — 11. Believe God.
Many of us profess to believe in God, but the question is, do you believe Him? He promises abundance through His son, Jesus Christ, if we will believe and live like it. This is the true gate to discovering your passion, and leading a life you love.
Psalm 31:19 (NIV)
How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.
As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking on leadership and effective life skills, they encourage others to pursue their own passions and high calling. Life is not meant to be stale, but refreshing, energizing, dynamic, and fresh. It’s a surprise gift waiting for you to unwrap.
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