Do you want to grow stronger, challenge yourself and experience life more fully? Here’s how to find your passion in life and become your own champion.
What is Passion?
Passion is defined as a strong emotion or a strong interest. But when it comes to finding your passion in life, it means something more.
It’s an identity. It’s being good at something and wanting to explore how far you can go with it. It helps you to become more than who you were. It gives you the fuel to create who you wish to become.
How Does Passion Get You There?
With each new step and as you develop each new skill; you sense your horizons opening before you. Things that you thought were beyond your reach begin to become possible.
You start to realize that you are becoming the person who can reach that peak. From your passion and the raw materials of your mind, body, and actions, you sculpt yourself into a champion.
This Is Finding Your Passion In Life
It’s finding something that inspires you and challenges you. It gives you the courage to become more than who you are now.
How To Find Your Passion
How do you find this kind of life-changing passion? Where is it hidden? Is it only for the special few – the movie stars, sports stars or tech geniuses?
Or is it something that you can do, too?
Your Passion Is Waiting for You to Claim It
Everyone has passions and desires. Over time, while growing up, you learn to set them aside and push them away. But they are still there, hiding in plain sight.
We tend to think of passions as tangible things, like a person, an object or an activity. But that’s not where they start.
What Is Passion?
Passions are feelings. They are emotions. They are experienced.
You feel them in your body and your heart.
Think of how you feel when you hear your favorite song and your heart swells. You get inspired and you feel the energy course through your body.
Get Out Of Your Mind
To determine what your passions are in life, you must get out of your mind and start noticing your feelings.
When do you feel these feelings? What do you do in your life right now that you feel passionate about? What have you done in the past that inspired you to do more, be more or create more?
Notice these things. Write them down. Look for connections between them. Look for patterns and interests. Everything that comes to mind, no matter how small it is, write it down. The more you can think of, the easier the next step will be.
Notice Where You Are
Looking over your list, circle every item that you have done, felt or experienced in the last week. How many of these passions are you actively experiencing in your day-to-day life?
When was the last time you felt truly passionate about something?
This exercise can be a wakeup call. It may have been weeks, months or even years since you felt passionate about anything.
In our modern, fast-paced world, it can be hard to take the time to identify, connect with and pursue your passions. There are so many things vying for your attention and energy that it seems there is nothing else left.
If you can’t remember when you last felt passionate about anything, don’t worry. Your passions are not gone. But it can take a little effort to draw them out.
Start small. Focus on your feelings. Get into the present moment. What do you like in your life right now? What do you enjoy doing? As you go about your day, make it a point to bring joy and passion into what you do.
Wake up your emotions. Allow yourself to feel good. Start where you are and build up from there.
Engage in actions that you enjoy – do at least one every day. Stop thinking and start doing. Passion is an active verb – it’s being instead of thinking.
Enjoy what you’re doing – enjoy the process, the doing. The more passion you bring into living your life on a day to day basis, the more passion you will have for everything.
Try new things. If something interests you, do it. Try it out. Learn more about it and then actually do it. Follow your inspiration to develop new passions. You may find yourself reawakening old passions that you had forgotten about.
Listen To Yourself
Ask yourself what your passions are and listen to the answer. Better yet, act as if you are interviewing yourself. Write down the question and allow yourself to write down your answer. Don’t edit yourself. Just write down whatever comes to mind.
Is there something you avoid looking at? What is in the back of your mind that you keep pushing away?
What are you talking yourself out of?
Perhaps you love to dance. Then tell yourself you could never make a living out of it.
Who says you have to make a living out of it?
Besides, have you ever thought of possible ways to develop an income from your interest?
Have you ever explored your options?
Put several of your interests together. See if you can create something unique (and lucrative!)
Embrace Your Uniqueness
What do you love? What are you good at? Where do you spend your time and energy?
What are the things that you are currently doing that other people aren’t? Maybe you think that everyone knows how to train for a marathon. And you’re surprised when someone else doesn’t.
Appreciate your individuality. Embrace your talents. Explore your interests.
Passion = Life
Finding your passion in life doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect. It doesn’t mean that you will love every second of your life from this day forward.
You can be passionate about something and still not enjoy parts of it. Waking up before dawn to workout (and having to go to bed earlier at night) can be hard. That’s part of the process.
Enjoy and love the parts you love and work through the parts that aren’t that much fun. That’s where you learn and grow. It’s how you develop discipline. This is how to find your passion in life and use it to become the person you know you can be.
It’s just life. But living a life with passion is how you become your own champion.