Most self-aware high-achievers want to find their passion and create a career that makes them feel fulfilled, but what should you do when you’re genuinely convinced you have no passion? Many tests, books and quizzes promise to help you figure things out (with varying degrees of success), but one of the most powerful methods we’ve ever used is completely free and takes just a few minutes to complete. Interested? Read on to discover the best way to find your passion in life.
How to find your passion in life
Step one: List 10 things/feelings you have to have in your life
Passion is just a word.
However, it’s a word that often brings so much pressure. After all it’s what your time on earth boils down to – your purpose for being…. or is it?
Pick up a dictionary and you’ll find that the true definition of passion is simply something you’re very interested in and/or feel strongly about.
With that in mind, take the pressure off. Finding your passion isn’t about having a divine epiphany, it’s about pinpointing the things that make you feel happy, interested and inspired.
So, let’s get started.
Begin by writing a list of 10 things, feelings, hobbies, activities or anything else that you would choose to have in the ideal version of your life.
If a genie popped out of a magic lamp right now and asked you to name 10 things/feelings you want in your ideal life, what would they be?
Finding your passion isn’t about having a divine epiphany, it’s about pinpointing the things that make you feel happy, interested and inspired.
To be crystal clear, ‘thing-based’ passions are external things you can physically see and do. They include goals, such as:
- a family that loves me
- enough money to afford anything I want
- to visit every continent in the world
‘Feeling-based’ passions are a state of mind. You can achieve these things without anything in your external environment changing. They include goals, such as:
- to feel like I make a difference in the world
- to feel free to do whatever I want, whenever I want
- to feel recognised and respected by people I admire
Be completely honest as you compile your list and avoid writing the same point more than once (simply worded differently). Remember that you are literally creating your dream life with this exercise, so think big and choose the 10 things you’ll truly regret never having in your life.
Step two: Pit these passions against each other to find your top 3
Think back to your school days. Did you ever play a round-robin (all-play-all) sports tournament in which all teams got a chance to play each other? That’s exactly what step two of this process involves.
Start with the passion you listed as number one and pit it against the passion you listed as number two. Ask yourself, if you could only have one of these in your ideal life, which would you choose? Discard the loser (for now) and move on to compare the winner to number three on the list. Once again, ask yourself which of the two passions you would choose if you could only have one in your life. Discard the loser and move on to compare the winner to number 4 on the list – and so on, until you reach number 10.
Ask yourself, if you could only have one of these in your ideal life, which would you choose?
The passion that’s left standing when you get to the bottom of your list is your top passion.
It’s that simple.
Then repeat the process again with the other nine passions to reveal your second most important passion.
Then repeat the process again with the other eight passions left in your list. This will reveal your third most important passion.
Step 3: Rate and reflect on your top 3 passions
Now it’s time to reflect on the three passions that floated to the top of your list. How do you feel about them?
If you were brutally honest when choosing your initial 10 passions, the three at the top of the list should feel like a home coming. They should be things you already knew were of interest to you, but you may not have realised just how important they are to you.
So, now you have your top passions, what’s next?
Rate each on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means the passion is completely absent from your life and 10 means the passion is in your life in vast amounts. Then ask yourself what needs to happen to move that passion, from where it currently is, to a 10.
Write it down, but don’t worry about how you’re going to achieve it.
Then head over to our article on setting goals and following through on them for a 3-step guide on how to start bringing your passions to life.
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