One of the biggest challenges for many of us is just how the heck do you find your ‘passion?’ What does finding your passion really mean?
The best place to start is with this one simple question: “What makes you light up?” I wrote about it in my blog last week and we’ve been talking about it in my Facebook group Business.Life Village. (If you didn’t catch my last blog on building your own passion project, you can check it out here)
In my Facebook Group, we’ve been brainstorming this last month on steps that you can take to build your own personal passion project, keying in on what’s your purpose and passion and even to make it stronger.
Let’s do some brainstorming!
Don’t you think it’s time, you dial into yourself and figured out just what your passion is? We won’t do it the boring corporate way on a big white board. No, it’s time to have some in-depth, soul searching fun!
Here’s what I want you to do at some time this week: I want to you to set aside some personal time, just an hour or so of uninterrupted time.
I want you to head out to the park (if it’s warm enough or over to a coffee shop) – take your favorite notebook, your favorite writing piece. Find a quiet corner so your mind can wander and do a little bit of daydreaming.
Here’s some questions to prompt your daydreaming:
1. If I could do anything I would _____________.
I want you to start with making a list of all the things you would do with your time if you could spend it in any way you like. Just imagine that money is not a concern and you have enough for your day to day needs with some cha-ching left over for fun.
Would you like to shop or go back to college? Are you ready to start painting againt? Travel? Plant a garden? Rescue animals? Maybe work with abused women? Fascinated with history? Go on a dig? Visit ancient ruins?
What would you do with your time? Would you try to change someone’s life for the better? Would you try to make a positive impact? For whom or group, do you think?
If you find yourself stuck, then think about what you do on the weekend – Sundays are the perfect day to look at! Nearly everyone looks forward to relaxing and enjoying their favorite activities after the work week is done.
What are your favorite things to do on a Sunday? Or better yet, what would you like to be doing on a Sunday?
Which brings me to the next question:
2. What are some activities that you enjoy the most?
What’s behind this question? It’s not to make a realistic, logical ego driven list of business opportunities or ideas but rather to make a list of all the possibilities you can think of.
So DON’T CENSOR YOURSELF. (I know it’s hard but remember there is no grade assigned to this project, no one is looking over your shoulder, it’s meant for you and you alone.)
Write down whatever pops in your head without considering if you’re going to be able to make money with it or not. Now make a note of whether it’s something you love to do or not, even if you have the skills and talent for it or you don’t.
Here’s the perfect example: You love to sing!
You might not think you have the skills or talent to be a singer, but you LOVE to do it, so it’s a passion of yours. Write it down.
That’s what brainstorming is – it’s all about unfiltered ideas! No judgement, no right or wrong, no perfect, just letting your thoughts and ideas flow.
I hope you’re up for some homework this week! Here it is:
Keep a journal, I know some of you might already do this but I want to challenge you for the next 30 days to keep a personal, purposeful journal.
Here’s what you need to do:
Set aside time each day for journaling. The morning hours are a perfect time for planning and late nights right before bed are a perfect time to for thoughts of gratitude. The time doesn’t really matter, what matters most is you make a personal commitment to yourself.
Rather than recording random thoughts and events, now it’s time to try to answer specific questions for the day. Journaling this way, helps maintain focus and allows you to look back later to see what worked, what doesn’t and where you might want to keep focusing your energy.
Here’s some examples of different questions you can ask:
- What’s the best thing that happened today?
- How did I make someone else’s day better?
- How could today have been better?
- The one thing I wanted to get done today was?
- What is one thing I did today JUST for me?
- This is what made me smile today?
- What has been my biggest achievement this week?
- Pretend to fast forward to next year- What has changed about your life or your business?
You don’t have to answer each and every question each and every day. Ask yourself different questions, add some or take some away – have fun with it! This is really about a journey of self-discovery. Nothing compares to finding out who you are!
Use your journal as a source of inspiration and reflection. Look forward to what you hope to achieve and backwards to how far you have come.
After a week ask yourself this next question: Are you starting to notice any patterns forming? Is there a ‘passion’ theme that keeps cropping up? An idea that keeps being recycled?
I’d love to hear how this goes for you! What thoughts, ideas and theme bubble up to the surface!
And if you need help finding other questions you could answer or if you’ like to get connected in a community of others who are just like you, here’s my personal invitation to join my community: the Business.Life Village.
Together we can discover your passion and your purpose so you can create the life that you want and then build your business around it!