Have you been struggling to figure out what your life passion might be?
I know how frustrating that struggle is. In fact, I allowed frustration to infect my attitude during my life passion search. I put my happiness on hold because I felt so passionless.
But you don’t have to do that.
As frustrating as it is to search and search and not find your passion, it undermines your efforts to delay happiness until you discover it. In fact, enjoying life and savoring everything you are doing along the path to your passion is an important part of the experience.
As you become more engaged with the life you have, you’ll expand your awareness of the life you dream of living. As you become more grateful, positive, and curious, you’ll open doorways of enlightenment that lead you to your passion.
What I’m suggesting is more than a “relax and wait” frame of mind. It’s a “relax, envision, engage, and expect” mindset. Do the practical things you need to do to find your passion (take assessments, get additional training, hire a coach, read books, research, etc.), but at the same time engage in other things you find interesting and valuable. While you’re doing these things, actively look for clues to your life passion.
I’ve found some specific habits and actions that accelerate your passion search and create the best environment to discover your passion.
Here are 5 things to be passionate about right as you search for your life passion:
1. Health and Fitness
If you’ve been feeling passionless and frustrated, you’re probably neglecting your physical well-being. This tends to happen when we’re unhappy, but actually it’s the perfect time to reignite your commitment to health and fitness.
Find an interesting fitness routine that includes aerobic activity. I took up rebounding because I’d read so much about the health benefits of it and it looked so fun. My rebounding commitment that I practiced during the cold months led to a new passion for running which I took up when it got warmer.
Even if you have an established routine, change it up with something new. Take up a sport or activity where you can meet new people who are doing interesting things. Research new healthy recipes and start cooking them. Join an online community where you share health and fitness goals and support one another.
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How it helps your passion search: When you feel great physically, it will undoubtedly help you feel better mentally and emotionally. You’ll be in the right frame of mind to discover your passion. As you explore new health and fitness opportunities, you may meet someone, encounter something, or realize something about yourself that leads to a passion, as rebounding did for me.
2. Relationship Health
When we’re preoccupied with something that’s not going right in our lives, our relationships can suffer. We might become inattentive and distant with those we love. A negative attitude can undermine the joy and spontaneity in the relationship. Sometimes the people close to us begin to pull away because of the negative energy we’re putting out.
Your close relationships are THE most valuable part of your life. As you search for your passion, take time to focus on the health of your most important relationships. If there are problems in a relationship, take the initiative to address them and work them out.
Be proactive in expressing your gratitude and feelings to your loved ones. Think about what brings them joy, and make that happen for them. Explore new and fun activities to enjoy together. Lovingly tend to your most valued relationships as you would a prized garden.
How it helps your passion search: The important people in your life will ultimately share in your life passion when you find it. You want and need their support, patience, and engagement. They may have input and ideas that can give you insights about yourself and your passion. More importantly, having healthy, happy relationships is essential to your own well-being. If your relationships are going poorly, you won’t be emotionally healthy enough to find your passion.
While you are seeking your passion, find something mildly interesting and begin learning everything you can about it. It can be a useful skill (like learning a new language, creating a website, or investing) or simply an enjoyable activity that involves research and learning (like bird watching, uncovering your family tree, or drawing).
Whatever peaks your interest, whether or not you believe it will be your passion, immerse yourself in it. Become more skilled or knowledgeable, practice regularly, and take pleasure in the process of learning.
How it helps your passion search: As you become deeply engaged in this new activity, it may very well reveal itself to be your passion or lead you to a passion. Even if it doesn’t, it will expose you to new and interesting ideas, people, and knowledge. You’ll see that the process of engagement is a passionate activity itself. This expands you as a person, opening your mind to possibilities and insights you didn’t possess before.
4. Money Management
As you work toward discovering your life passion, prepare you
rself financially for building your life around the passion you ultimately discover. If you are in debt, this is a perfect time to work on paying off your debt. Brainstorm ways to cut back on spending and to make extra income on the side. If you need some ideas, check out the book The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by finance guru Dave Ramsey.
Consider your philosophy around money and spending. How much money do you really need to live the life you want? How much savings do you need for a possible job transition or time off? What do you need to learn about investing and growing your money? How are you spending money unconsciously?
How it helps your passion search: Solid financial preparation will be a huge benefit to you when you know your passion and you’re ready to pursue it. You’ll be in a great position to make the necessary life changes that might be required of making your passion part of your life. As you’re searching now, just knowing you’re in a financially sound position reduces the fear and doubt inhibiting you from finding your passion.
Look around you at all of the nonessential “stuff” in your life — like material possessions, clutter, demands on your time and energy, draining people, or tolerations that distract you. Get passionate about decluttering your life and simplifying it to the most important and valuable elements.
If you have material things you never use or that take up your time and energy with cleaning, care, and repair — sell them or give them away. Clean out your closets, clear off your desk, clean up your inbox on your computer. If you need help, check out my book with my co-author Steve Scott called, 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home.
If you fill your time with activities or commitments you don’t enjoy or that make you feel stressed, start eliminating them. Are there people in your life who are negative, demanding, or otherwise difficult to be around? If so, let them go or cut back on the time you spend with them.
How it helps your passion search: More time, energy, and space frees you from distractions that pull you away from your passion search. It also frees up room for your passion, and eliminates the doubt and worry that you might not have time to find or live your passion. By eliminating what isn’t productive, useful, or necessary, it creates room for what is.
Surprisingly, it’s when we are engaged in something else that our passion often makes itself known to us — or at least provides clues to lead us to it. As you search for your life passion, make good use of your time by becoming passionate in these activities that support your search.
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