HAS YOUR PASSION BEEN WITH YOU ALL ALONG?
“Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing. Something we were born with. Something that's ours and ours alone"
Here you are, all of 7 years old, and it’s a crisp September morning. Seems like any other morning, however today is different. Today you’re told, is the beginning of this new adventure called: school. You know, that place that will have your presence every day for the next 20-25 years.
In you go, as a normal kid with only the experience of backyard fun and games and neighborhood interactions with other kids like you.
And out comes this knowledgeable, well educated, well rounded, well-read individual who is expected to change the world in some way, somehow.
So, you’re asked to stand up in class and along with stating your name, and to further put an identity as to who you are and how you think, the teacher asks you that all important question:” what do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Fireman, policeman, doctor, nurse, teacher.”. are the most common answers. But what your 7-year-old mind is really thinking is: “How in the world do I know?”
And there it is. That is the single most important question that is in the back of your mind throughout your e-n-t-i-r-e school career. Unless of course you are born with the singular thinking of wanting to be doctor, just like your parents, or a lawyer just like a favorite relative, or any other discipline whereby what you learn in school is what you will apply in your career. But what about the rest of us. Well we’re stuck in perpetual purgatory where we get processed and questioned by others and ourselves as to what on earth do we want to do with the rest of our lives.
So that in itself requires a much different mindset. One that requires more soul searching, getting to understand the true core of who you are and what motivates you to want to contribute to life and how to make a difference to the people around you.
After all, it is a paradox in terms: wanting to be good at something that will be bring you success, but having no clue as to what it is. Here’s hoping that we can find out together if your passion is your purpose in life.
1. Focus on what does not bring you any interest
Get focused on the things that are a waist of your time and creativity. Make a list, make sure it resonates within the deepest level of what holds your attention. Once you have identified it, identify the next one. This is an effective way to clear the clutter in your mind and what does not resonate within you, things you are mediocre at or do like doing, allowing the process to start opening up the airwaves to focus on areas you do excel in and are effective at undertaking. A string of mediocre skills, when pulled together, can wind up making you discover your passion.
2. Your passion is not necessarily your job
Your passion is sometimes over and above your job. It is not necessarily a moneymaker, however the possibility that it can be, does exist. This is where being able to crystalize how you want your life to look like, and what you are prepared to do to create it, comes in to play. Align what is in your core with what holds your interests. Remember, finding out what your passion is comes in small increments based on different experiences that leave footprints in our lives. Along the way, and with enough time, a path is created where you will be illuminated and it will manifest itself right before you. Almost all successful people are never defined by just one skill. They have fused in an exceptional way their skillset to create this higher level, high achieving work model that allows for maximum performance which ultimately aligns with their passion and purpose.
3. Remember your childhood dreams
Not what you were told to say in school, as previously stated, but your inner most intimate thoughts about what filled your dreams and what made you smile when being able to wish for and want just about anything, since as a child, the term “limits” still remained an unknown. Try to remember what brought you joy and fulfillment before you got saddled with school and homework which more than not meant taking the right courses, going to the right schools to ultimately make sure you got the right job. The lesson here is to allow yourselves to let your imagination soar and be unbridled and free, like the mind of your 7-year-old self. You would be amazed and how liberating and creative this process is when trying to find out your true calling.
4. Your passion your one true authentic gift, has to be remembered.
If you want to make your life enjoyable, you need to be living your purpose and engaging in your in passions. You can search and try new things such as a new career, new hobbies, new interests, things that are attractive outside of yourself. But the key, the secret that no one seems to remember and that I am here to reaffirm is that your true passions have been inside you all along, and that that is the pool of knowledge and wisdom you need to draw from to find what you were meant to do all along hence your purpose in life.
Remember all that has brought you joy, stirred your interest, deepened your thoughts, made you think, made you wonder, made you question the world and everything in it. Create a map that brings you back to the first day where you realized you could contribute a verse to the world. Adjust your sails and forge ahead, your life will be ever more fulfilled if you do.