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.
First things first, let’s start with the definition(s) of passion:
- An intense desire for something
- 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.
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?