04 Oct How To Live Life Passionately
How often have you heard people saying, to be happy in life, is to “follow your passion”.
But do you know what your passion is?
Many are stuck in a job they don’t enjoy or have fallen into a routine that leaves us bored or unfulfilled… bored of your day job where you spend the most amount of time during a day. You’re wondering if this is all there is to life. You are thinking of making a switch but not sure what to do. Your brain is eager to find the answers and you are reading other resources to “reconfirm” your passion so you can quit your current lifestyle and build a new one, but this leads to more frustration.
Sadly, it’s not as easy as casting a spell like in Harry Potter.
You have to slow down and listen to that inner voice within.
Meditate a few minutes a day or go out for a walk in the park.
Do whatever it takes to switch off the outer world first to be able to listen to what your inner voice is saying.
Remember what you love doing as a child or when you are younger. What hobbies did you enjoy doing before life got in the way? Would you enjoy such activities now? Use these memories to help you find your true passion as an adult.
Or look at it from a different perspective… Imagine that you are very old. What do you wish you had spent the last 20 to 30 years doing?
Don’t presume that passion is your job.
If you can’t imagine not doing something, it’s most likely a passion.
It does not necessarily be making you money.
But make your money some way that will give you time to do what you really love to do.
List the things that you absolutely detest. Once you have eliminated these options, your true passion may become clearer in the process.
Ask yourself who do you envy the most due to the work they do?
List the people, then look at the work they do, and try those things. You might find your passion from that list.
If you are still having trouble finding your passion. Ask yourself the following 3 questions, answer them honestly and you could work out what to do with the rest of your life.
“What topic could I read 1000 books about, without getting bored?”
“What could I do for 5 years straight without getting paid?”
“What would I spend my time doing if I had complete financial freedom to do anything?”
Or perhaps you already have a clear idea of your passion, but you don’t know how to live it passionately. Most likely, its because you are intimidated by the new changes that you have to take to reach your passion. A good way is to believe in your own capabilities and welcome a passionate life by taking it 1 month at a time.
Pick up a new habit that is critical in designing your passionate life. Don’t scare yourself by thinking it is a permanent change, but rather something you just have to do for 1 month. You are trying out this new habit for 1 month, and you are free to drop it if you don’t like its effect.
For example, in your bucket list is to run a full marathon of 42km, something you are passionate about but you are put off by the amount of training required. So you decide to run outdoors for 30 minutes every single day for the next 1 month regardless of the weather conditions. Once you gain the momentum, you’ll soon realize it’s hard to stop after 1 week. And when you are at the mid point of the month, you would be thinking to yourself, ‘Heck it, I am already here, why not just finish it.’
By the time 1 month had passed, you would be impressed with yourself for reaching the goal and thinking that it ain’t that bad afterall, perhaps you should continue it. Most likely, you would enter into another 1 month pact with yourself…and before you know, you would have run the whole year. You do it because it feels great. You believe in yourself because you’re living your passion.
Some people put too much pressure on themselves to find their passion and feel sad if they haven’t been able to find that one thing they’re meant to do. Some people may have more than one passion, and that is fine. All you have to do is make some time for each and who knows you could possibly make a some money from your passions.
Finding your passion can be quite an adventure. Keep an open mind to your options. Be courageous and take the leap of faith. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because failure is the feedback for you to take the next step. It’s akin to “Ready, Fire, Aim” methodology whereby you Fire the arrow first to observe where it lands on the target board so you can recalibrate and re-tune your actions during the next Aim.
The best way to start now is by observing your thoughts. Where are your thoughts running?
What is your inner voice whispering?
If you are still feeling lost, let your numbers tell you about your secret strengths, romantic matches, best friends & perfect career to know about who you are, and where you should go from here.