How To Find Your Passion

Do what you are passionate about.  It sounds good and makes sense, but for a lot of people (including myself) making this a reality doesn’t seem as simple as it sounds.

As we get caught up in the marathon of life, it often feels as if we are simply going through the motions.  However, the bigger problem, as Earl Nightingale states in the YouTube video Change your life in 19 minutes, is that 90% of us aren’t even in the race.  Instead it sometimes feels as if we watch life go by from the sidelines, like a spectator.

How do we take control of our lives, and align ourselves to follow our passions?  I believe that this requires deep thinking and reflection, and for us to use our mind. It also forces us to be honest with ourselves about our current status and to take ownership, which isn’t always comfortable.

The Secret to Finding Your Passion (http://www.oprah.com/supersoulsunday/The-Secret-to-Finding-Your-Passion-Hint-Its-Not-What-You-Think_1), lists 4 steps to help give us guideance in this journey:

  1. Love everything you do.  This is a topic that Earl Nightingale addressed in his video.  A change in your attitude can open your mind, which can alter the way you look at the world and open you to possibilities that didn’t know existed.
  2. Look at your book collection, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, and credit card statements.  What topics interest you?  What do you spend your money on?  What do you do with your free time?  See if there are any themes that emerge.
  3. What do you love to talk about, learn about and/or teach others about?  If time and money weren’t a factor, what would you focus on? What are you most interested in or curious about?  Is there a need for a skill or interest that you have?  Is there a way to incorporate your interests into what you currently do?
  4. Quit talking and start doing.  Take steps to help you narrow down your interests.  As Earl Nightingale also said in the video, write down your ideas everyday to help you identify and narrow down your interests.  You can then research them online, find books at the library, take courses at your local community college, and/or take online courses to explore these areas further.

What are you waiting for?

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