Revealing your true passion comes easier to some of us than others. Some of us found exactly what we were passionate about in the third grade. That enviable handful of people say they always knew what they were passionate about and didn't deviate from it along the way. We all remember those one or two classmates who headed the school clubs of their interest or sport, went on to study it in college and then found a way to make a living doing it.
The rest of us either joined many clubs or no club at all. Sure, there were activities to enjoy but how many were we truly passionate about pursuing? It didn't take long for most of us to decide whether we liked art or athletics better but that didn't mean we intensely enjoyed either one. Sometimes the limitations of our talents made the decision for us.
By the end of high school, most of us were gifted with just enough self-awareness to know exactly what we weren't going to do. Yet encouragement kept coming from every direction to follow your passion and pursue your dreams. The pressure to figure it all out didn't make it any easier, not to mention the demands for becoming productive, independent citizens.
I am one of those people that didn't get the calling early. Looking for answers, I read dozens of books to get advice. After reading, What Color is Your Parachute and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, I realized my color schemes were still confused and that I must have napped through a few primary lessons.
After years of soul searching for my true passion, I learned a few things along the way. And it wasn't as hard or as painful as it had once seemed. The key to revealing your true passion is about peeling back the outer layers and listening very closely and carefully to the voice deep inside. If you aren't afraid to hear what it has to say, there are a few tips than can help you through the process.
- Acknowledge the journey. One of the hardest things to do in finding your true passion is realizing that it is a process of self-discovery. The emphasis is on the word “process" and there is rarely a direct path that leads to an “aha!" moment.
- Be patient with yourself. A willingness to stumble, fall and fail is part of the trip. Finding your true passion is an exercise in tenacity and persistence coupled with a little sense of humor. Looking around to see if anyone saw you fall is natural, but how you react is what's important.
- The answers aren't all in the Self Help aisle. No one knows you better than you know yourself. Books and guides can serve as excellent tools but only you know what is in your best interest. No one source should dictate the key to unlocking your passion. Stay open to hearing the answers from the places you might least expect to get them.
- Never say never. This is an old tip but a true one. Finding true passion means being open to experimentation. Trust yourself to know what and where the limits are and don't be afraid to try everything else. Until you actually know what your true passion is, the possibilities are endless.
- You will know when you arrive. There is no time frame for it or deadlines to meet. When true passion is most authentic is when you have no doubts that whatever it is, this is what you were meant to do. Contrary to popular belief, it may not always increase your material wealth, either. It can, but only if you want to express your passion for profit. Waking up with the feeling of fulfillment, self-worth and personal satisfaction are the rewards to passion - and enough to make the journey worth the effort.
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