Just image waking up every morning thinking, “Wow, I love what I do,” or “I am looking forward to the rest of my day.” Are these the words that you are speaking to yourself daily? Can you say these are your first thoughts when you begin your day? If you answered no to these questions, then it’s time for you to take back your life and find your purpose and passion.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you” ~Maya Angelou.
Here are four questions you can ask yourself, to discover or rediscover your passion. I say rediscover, because our passion is already in us, but it needs help to be birthed.
1. Thinking back to your childhood days, who were you when you played pretend?
“When I grow up I want to be a doctor.” Those are the words that my daughter says to me daily. She finds the greatest joy when she can pretend that she is a doctor and I am her patient. These moments bring her the greatest joy. Just take a moment and think back to those days. What was it that you use to do and dream about that brought you unbelievable joy? Maybe take some time and journal your thoughts from when you were a child playing in your room or with friends. Think about how these great experiences and translate them into career choices you can make now.
2. If money were no object, what would you do for free?
Yes, money is what we are conditioned to pursue; money is what makes the world go round. When you are seeking your passion, money should not be the driving force. You want to think about those things that make you the most happy. That thing you look forward to doing daily that releases excitement and joy in your life. The true secret is your passionate desire to create an environment that catapults success and happiness.
3. If you cleaned out your closet, what would you find?
What you have in abundance is a good indicator of something you are passionate about. If you collect paper, notebooks, Holiday ornaments or whatever it may be, it could be a good clue to what brings you joy. Holding on to these things show your true love and dedication to them, similar to our passion. These items work as reminders to reconnect us to the things that bring us the greatest joy. If I cleaned out my office today, what I would uncover are journals, stationary and pens galore. All evidence of my passion for writing and sharing words of inspiration.
4. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Passion brings forth confidence. When you are working within your passion, nothing can stop you. Think about that dream that you always wanted to do no matter what. That dream you would take action on if you knew you would not stumble or even come close to failing: writing a book, starting a business or even running a marathon. Whatever that dream may be for you, it is your passion. Being able to take action on your dream results in living in success.
The only way you can fail; when it comes to your passion and your dreams is when you allow your dreams to get buried in things that don’t bring joy. Follow your passion and dreams daily and never leave it behind.