Finding Your Passion: 10 Questions To Ask Yourself

October 18, 2016

I bet you’ve heard it before…something about finding your passion. Nope? Just me?

I sort of hate the word passion. It’s a word rooted in expectation. Sometimes, the ability to simply articulate our own hobbies feels impossible. And when we can’t say off the top of our heads what our passion is, it almost seems like we’ve done something wrong. The stress builds up and we feel like we’ve failed in some way.

The truth? You’ve done absolutely nothing wrong.

The good news is you likely already know your passions (or hobbies or interests or whatever word you want to call it), you just need to ask yourself the right questions to identify it.  Need a little help finding your passion or at least asking the right questions? Below are 10 questions to help you identify what you’re interested in.

10 questions for finding your passion

First things first, let’s start with the definition(s) of passion:

  1. An intense desire for something
  2. A thing arousing enthusiasm

For me, these definitions take the pressure off a bit. We all have intense desires for things, we all have things that arouse enthusiasm. The problem? As mothers, fathers, partners, employees, we don’t have time to follow up on those things that arouse enthusiasm, that create this intense desire.

We’re stretched too thin, being everyone’s everything, trying to keep a house afloat, working full time, maintaining healthy marriages and friendships, packing lunches, limiting screen time, working out, saving money. It’s no wonder that there isn’t time to dabble in our passions.

But, the ability to serve others only comes from serving yourself first.

You cannot survive on crumbs while everyone else eats cake. 

Sometimes, you must feed yourself cake! Today’s cake comes in question form.

10 Questions for Finding Your Passion:

Step 1: Take all the excuses out of the equation. Close your eyes and imagine a time when time wasn’t an issue. Maybe this was way back before you worked full time or had kids. Do it, get yourself into the right mindset.

Step 2: Ask yourself the questions below. I suggest writing down the answers if you have the time.

Okay, ready? I created this handy dandy checklist just for you.

finding your passion: 10 questions to ask yourself

Asking these types of questions opens up space to explore beyond the everyday. It offers a chance to pause in the midst of your to-do list to really hone in on what it is that makes you come alive.

Take some time to really answer these questions and you’ll begin to uncover what parts of life really interest you, those parts you should be pursuing with more energy.

And remember, the end goal of your passion isn’t necessarily to make money, find fame or drive you to levels of success. The end goal is to feel alive. It is the ignite your individuality, to feel awake and strong in the person that you are.

Who are you longing to be?

 

 

You Might Also Like

28 Comments

  • Reply Samantha @ Momma Wants Java October 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Oh I love this! It sounds like something to do during a quiet morning with a journal and a cup of coffee. 🙂 I’m pinning this so I can come back to it later. Thank you!

    • Reply Lisa October 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Samantha, yes, it’s the perfect morning reflection exercise. So glad you like it and hope it’s helpful!

  • Reply samantha laycock October 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    A favorite topic of mine!! Thank you for sharing!! I loved it

    • Reply Lisa October 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Mine too Samantha. I think it’s so important for everyone to have something fun that’s just theirs.

  • Reply karyl October 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I love this list! I think it’s a great way to encompass everything, and to really see where your passion lies. I’m pretty sure I know where mine is, but it will be interesting to see what it truly is after I sit down and do this exercise. Thank you for sharing

    • Reply Lisa October 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you Karyl. I was pretty clear on mine too but it’s always nice to have a little reminder now and then 🙂

  • Reply Jas October 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    These are great questions – I feel like my passions are in health, fitness, wellness, marketing startups, startups, entrepreneurship, writing/blogging, speaking, and being creative.. 🙂

    • Reply Lisa October 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Jas. Your passions line up pretty much with mine, except for the start-up piece. I admire you for doing that. It’s something I think about often but seriously wouldn’t even know where to start.

  • Reply candy October 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I use the word interests. There are so many different interests that I pursue don’t think I will ever run out. Always something new to learn, see, read etc.

    • Reply Lisa October 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I agree, doesn’t matter what we call them, interests, hobbies, passions, as long as we’re learning! Thanks Candy.

  • Reply Sara October 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Love how you articulated the end goal! It took me a long time (I resisted!) to come to terms with my passions and yeah, it made me finally feel alive.

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Sara. I really do think it’s important to remember why you’re pursuing your passions. A lot of times people do it because they think they need to, that no longer makes a passion a passion 🙂

  • Reply Ian Campbell October 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Great article, I need to take some time and answer all these from my own perspective. Thank you for making me think… 🙂

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Ian. Hope it helps!

  • Reply Alex | Life Well Wandered October 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    These are great questions to ask. I’ll definitely need to take some quiet time to think about answers to them. Saving for later 🙂

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Alex. Yes, these questions are definitely ones that need a little space and quiet to sort out.

  • Reply karissa October 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Really great post. I think finding your passion is so important and too many people don’t even think about it and then life passes them by.

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

      So true Karissa! We can get really caught up in the doing and not the feeling of life.

  • Reply Emily October 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    This is so helpful. I’m just trying to get started with blogging and building a social media presence. I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago, but it is still really useful to help me decide where to focus my energies with blogging and the other websites I’d like to create. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

      So glad it’s helpful Emily. I don’t think it’s ever too late to ask yourself these types of questions. You can always course correct. This is my second iteration of this blog after much soul searching I knew I needed to refocus. Good luck with your blog!

  • Reply Nicole October 19, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I really like this list! As someone in my 20s, these bounce around in my head all the time! Thanks 🙂
    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Nicole. I’m the same way (even though I’m in my 30s) I’m constantly thinking about these types of questions and how I can course correct and refocus my efforts to better align with my passions.

  • Reply Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere October 19, 2016 at 3:44 am

    I remember the first time someone asked me what my “thing” is. What do I care about, what do I love to do, what is my “passion.” And that word alone made me draw a blank, and feel like someone who HAS no passions…which is of course not true. I like your approach to the question and the Q&A session to help point those who are unsure in the right direction. My biggest passion is travel, followed by writing, which is how I wound up blogging! Cheers! 🙂

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hi Beth, yes the question itself is sort of daunting. I honestly think everyone has passions but between work and other obligations it can get buried. I love the idea of taking a good look at day to day tasks vs. pleasure tasks vs. mindless activities and trying to find a better balance. So glad you found writing and blogging, those are my passions too 🙂

  • Reply Amra October 19, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Great post! It’s important to find your passion and do something you love, it enriches your life and motivates you to accomplish great things.

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Amra! I love how you said it, something that enriches your life, that’s really all passions are about!

  • Reply Amber October 19, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Great list! Thanks for sharing. Any advice for multipassionates whose souls are set on fire by more than one passion?

    • Reply Lisa October 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Amber! Pursue them both! I don’t think there is anything wrong with following two or three or more passions. They should bring you happiness and enrich your life. If you’re looking to achieve certain goals with multiple passions then maybe make a plan and prioritize one over the other but you definitely do NOT need to forgo one for the other. Best of luck!

    Leave a Reply

    Share