The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” ~Thomas Berger
When I was searching for my passion, I asked myself a lot of questions.
In fact, I tried to step outside of myself to pretend I was my own personal coach. I'd ask the question, then I'd switch hats and try to dig deep to discern the answer.
It helped that I'm a certified coach and know the kind of questions to ask. But you don't have to be a coach or even meet with one to find your own answers.
One of the best ways to get to the root of your deepest desires is through self-questioning -- doing exactly what I did by coaching yourself.
When you’re trying to find your passion, it's crucial that you become intimately familiar with yourself.
You want to learn:
- What motivates you?
- What inspires you?
- What excites you?
- What engages you?
- What scares you and holds you back?
- What do you do well naturally?
- What do you need to improve?
- What do you pretend to like but really don’t?
- What lies you are living?
As you become more familiar with yourself beyond the roles you play, you’re able to separate the wheat from the chaff. You can determine your priorities for the limited time you have in a day, a year, and a lifetime.
The goal is to maximize your time doing more of what you love (your passion or passions) and less of what you don’t love.
Most of us are so busy reacting to events in our lives that we don’t take the time to examine what’s not working well and why. We certainly don’t take the time to ask ourselves those deeper, probing questions that unearth our true selves and buried longings.
But without undertaking this process of self-examination, you're bound to remain confused about what your life passion is and how to go about finding it.
I've made it easy for you here by coming up with the questions. I'm sharing the same coaching questions I use with my clients who are seeking their life passions.
So I have a small challenge for you.
Will you set aside one hour today to sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself these questions?
Are you willing to accept my challenge?