Remember the last time you felt passionate about a person or thing, when you were drawn towards it, your heart beating faster, excited, and eager to learn more. Imagine if you could feel that way every day?
Passion is the emotion that drives you to fulfill your purpose, and you find your purpose by reconnecting with your soul, your intricate true self.
In an ideal world, we would all be incredibly passionate about our jobs, and while some of us are lucky enough to be on a career path that’s exciting and rewarding, that’s not the case for everyone. Changing career is not as easy as flicking a switch, but you can start to introduce passions into your current job or your spare time. If you can devote just a couple of hours a week to your passions, you’ll feel happy and more content with other areas of your life.
As part of the Rituals Happiness Challenge, today’s exercise is all about visualising your passions, but not all of us know what our true passions are. Below we’re sharing 5 ways to prime your brain so you can discover what you’re really passionate about, so you can carve out a path to your true purpose.
Get to Know Yourself
By getting to know yourself on a deeper level you can start to identify what you’re truly passionate about. When life is all go, go, go it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Slow down. Try some gentle stretching, go for a walk in nature, meditate if you like. And breathe deep. Often, we get our best ideas when we’re not trying to think of our best ideas. What you’re passionate about is more likely to come to you when your brain is calm and open than when it is frantic and frazzled.
Take the time to get closer to the real you, your soul, because this is where your passions and your purpose emerge from. It’s not always easy to see who you are, here we reveal how to find your authentic self, but you can also ask yourself this one simple question: If you could only read books on one subject for the rest of the year, what would they be about? This question should give you some idea of what you're passionate about, or at least give you a starting point.
Understand What You Don’t Like
Knowing what you don’t like is just as powerful as what you do like. Some people have always known what their passions are, but for others, it can be a case of trial and error. You may know you want to do something creative you might take a painting class but realise you don’t actually enjoy it. Perhaps pottery or making clothes ends up being the thing you love. Be open to the idea that you’re on a path of discovery and your passion could evolve into something unexpected.
We talk so much about the positive power of living in the moment, but sometimes it’s worth taking a trip down memory lane. Think back to when you were a child, what were the subjects at school or the hobbies that you loved? Sometimes these can offer you clues as to what you might want to do today that you can be passionate about. Did you used to play the piano? Why not take lessons again. Were you always cracking jokes in the classroom? Perhaps a stand-up comedy course could be fun! Was tennis your favourite sport? Find a partner and head to the court again. Know this: You don’t have to be great at something or make money from it for it to be your passion. In an ideal world, sure, our career and whole life purpose would be our passion but sometimes having hobbies we love is enough.
There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Humans are not static beings we evolve and change over time. And, our passions and purpose can evolve and change over time too.
Some people have one purpose like becoming a doctor and doing that is enough to keep them happy without the need to pursue anything else. Other people will find their purpose and, after some time, that may evolve into a new purpose.
Make a date with yourself, to check in and evaluate whether your priorities have changed and whether you’re on the right course. For instance, you may realise you’re in a job that doesn’t fulfill you anymore. Are you passionate about teaching people? Do you want to segue into a more creative role at work? Talk to your boss about some areas of the business you would be interested to learn more about and see if you can work together to create a career plan that works for you and your company. Employee satisfaction is crucial and many businesses offer courses or charitable ventures that you could get involved with.
Meet Someone That Excites You
We all have that one friend (more, if we’re lucky) that inspires us. After meeting with them you always feel super motivated, like you can take on the world. If you’re feeling a bit lost when it comes to identifying your passions look to the people who know your best for help. Often, those around you can see you more clearly than you can see yourself.
Want to feel passionate and happy about life? Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer at Google [X] and author of Solve for Happy, and Rituals are on a mutual mission to make #1MillionHappy. Join us on a 14-day interactive journey that will transform your life and help you find true, long-lasting happiness. Sign up for the Happiness Challenge here.
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