I am often inspired by other people… their words, their actions, their lives. I love reading Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, he has a way of getting down to the nitty gritty of a topic, making it easy to understand and simple to take action. At this time of the year especially many people are thinking about what changes they can make to their lives to great a more enjoyable, satisfying lifestyle.
Leo has written an excellent article on the fastest way to really get to your passions. The only trick here you have to do the work, you need to read, you need to think, you need to take action.
This guide won’t be comprehensive, and it won’t find your passion for you. But it will help you in your journey to find it.
1. What are you good at? Unless you’re just starting out in life, you have some skills or talent, shown some kind of aptitude. Even if you are just starting out, you might have shown some talent when you were young, even as young as elementary school. Have you always been a good writer, speaker, drawer, organizer, builder, teacher, friend? Have you been good at ideas, connecting people, gardening, selling? Give this some thought. Take at least 30 minutes, going over this question — often we forget about things we’ve done well. Think back, as far as you can, to jobs, projects, hobbies. This could be your passion. Or you may have several things. Start a list of potential candidates.
2. What excites you? It may be something at work — a little part of your job that gets you excited. It could be something you do outside of work — a hobby, a side job, something you do as a volunteer or a parent or a spouse or a friend. It could be something you haven’t done in awhile. Again, think about this for 30 minutes, or 15 at the least. If you don’t, you’re probably shortchanging yourself. Add any answers to your list.