One of the main reasons most of us get stuck is because we are not following our passion. The problem is that most of us struggle with what that actually is. We are taught from a young age that the only way to get by is to get a good job, buy a house, pay your bills on time, get a good credit rating so you can buy more of what you don’t need. All so you can stay in debt, sit in traffic 5 days a week, watch 8-12 hours of your life get eaten up by a job you more than likely don’t enjoy and take shit from your boss because you need the money.
Of course, that is worse case scenario. There are huge deviations of that type of life but the results are the same. A life less lived.
Millennials have it right. Well most of them. Those that refuse to live that “dream” and create their own way of living that really kicks the 9-5 life to the curb. We who live the 9-5 life can learn a lot from following our passions and having a blurred line between ‘work’ and play. Like the old saying goes, you will never work a day in your life if you do what you love.
As Maya Anjalou writes:
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
But how do you find it?
1. Get Intimate with Your Core Values
According to Natalie Ledwell (Founder of Mind Movies and Bestselling Author), one of the keys to finding your purpose or passion is to introspectively look at your core values. Research support this by reinforcing the fact that if you aren’t living the life you are passionate about you can become unhappy, unmotivated and procrastinate more.
There is even a recent product that has some pretty big endorsements from the Rich and Famous called “The Passion Test”. I haven’t tried it yet but if the endorsements are anything to go by, it’s pretty robust.
2. Lessons From Your Own Personal History and Present
Social conditioning has a massive impact on all of us without even realising it. Parents, Friends, TV, Radio, PodCasts, YouTube, Netflix. Whatever your personal medium or influence is, it is important to realise that external influences can have a negative subliminal impact upon your decision making and I’m sorry to say “dumming down” of your life.
Meditate on what messages you have taken on board as gospel. Especially when you were younger. Things like:
- You’re not good enough
- You won’t be able to make it
- You aren’t educated enough
- You don’t have the skills
These ‘blocks’ need to be recognised, brought up into the light and let go.
- Do a deep dive and ask yourself some questions:
- What makes you happy?
- What peaks your interest?
- What did you love to do as a kid just for the fun of it?
- What is your intuition guiding you to do?
- What makes you angry? Flip it around to see how you can turn it into a passion.
These are not the only questions you should ask yourself but often these deep dive questions reveal a lot about what we love and are passionate about. The next step is just figuring out how you can make money doing it. That is probably the easy part.
4. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
What have you always wanted to do? That nagging feeling that keeps coming back time and again to encourage you to give it another go? That thing you would do if you didn’t have bills or other constraints. Something that you have always wanted to do but have been afraid to try?
For me, it was writing full time for a living. And to be honest, there was a big part of me that really didn’t want to start writing because of the fear of failure and the judgement of others that read anything I write. Particularly given what I plan to write about is still very contentious and open to evil trolls! So, I got out of my comfort zone. I knew that my fears were a block to manifesting and to doing what I truly love.
After 40 days of doing Winning the Game of Fear, I can now honestly say that I just don’t care. Read it. Don’t read it. I’m writing! Like it. Don’t like it. I’m writing! Call me names. I’m writing!
Anyway, my point is. Do things you haven’t done before, like:
- Surfing the internet for things that interest you. Pinterest is quite a good place to start because there is so much ‘Stuff”. Be careful not to fall down the rabbit hole though. It’s very easy to do and won’t be supportive of you finding your passions. Try ten minutes a day.
- Print up your interests for your Vision Board. Put this in a prominent place and see what comes up for you.
- Meditate. I’m the first to admit that I find meditating difficult because to put it politely, I have a ‘busy mind’. But, after 49 days of practice I can tell you it helps you to zero in on what matters to you and helps prioritise.
- Mindfulness. I love this practice. I’m still not that good at it but it makes you feel awesome after a session. It only needs to be for ten minutes or so a day but it is worth it. If you are really struggling with your passion, then ask the question and then breathe. You will be surprised at what comes up. Don’t judge yourself. Just watch your thoughts.
- Brain re-training. Winning the Game of Fear is a good start but so is MindMovies because your subliminal re-training may be for something else or more general.
Finding your passion really is the (in my view) the foundation for manifesting what you want in this life. However, none of it is going to be worth the effort if you don’t take guided action. Do one small thing a day towards finding your passion and then find a way to make money doing it.