What’s the secret to finding passionate work? The work that lights you up and makes you want to roll out of bed every morning without any hesitation? It’s got to be out there, you tell yourself. You see other people doing work they’re passionate about and you want that, too. And why wouldn’t you? If they can have it, why can’t you? So you start searching for how to find your passion.
Maybe you read books about it. Take online personality-type tests. Ask friends and family and write page after page about the things you loved doing in your childhood searching for clues. Still, nothing. After all, you loved ice cream and playing in the park with your friends. How does that translate to passionate work?
If you’re on the trail of your passion, searching frantically and driving yourself stir crazy trying to figure out how to find your passion, you won’t find it. Instead, you’ll waste time (and probably money) and feel disappointed.
Instead of spending valuable time trying to figure out how to find your passion, here’s what to do instead
People often focus on passionate work. How about we flip that script. What about working passionately?
Working passionately is about doing your current work (whether it’s ideal or not) with passion. Do you put your heart in your work? Do you show up on time, give full, present energy?
How you do something is actually more important that what you do. We’ve forgotten that.
This matters because you are where you are. It’s impossible to live in the future. You just cannot do it. This happens when, in your mind, you are trying to live in your future ideal/dream/passionate life. You have to live in the present. And you only make yourself more miserable by trying to live in the future instead of living fully in the present.
Follow your curiosity
Don’t think about how to find your passion. Think about following your curiosity.
At some age our curiosity gets quiet. It’s time to wake it up again. What are you curious about? Start asking questions, and take notice when you see something that sparks curiosity:
How something works.
What other people do (and how they got into that profession).
How can something function better?.
Is there a way for people to do xyz more efficiently?
Curiosity is driven by a desire to answer questions. It can lead you down a path of interest and exploring things you had no idea you enjoy. Don’t go about it with the idea that you’re doing it to figure out your passion. Just do it to solve the problem and answer questions. This can lead to side hustles, volunteer projects, or new hobbies.
Don’t have a destination in mind. The journey will reveal itself each step of the way.
Your passion may not reward you financially, and that’s perfectly okay
Who says you have to earn money from your passion? Maybe your day job funds your curious adventures and passionate hobbies, and because of that, you’re okay with your day job.
It’s easy to focus on people who are earning a living from their passions but look around you. Really look. You’ll see thousands of people doing passionate work that isn’t repaid monetarily. Yet the rewards are majestic. From volunteers to hobby enthusiasts, there’s no limit to passionate projects. And that’s what makes it even more fun. you’re only limited by your imagination.
Are you full on loving in your relationships? Think about your friendships and romantic relationships and family interactions. Are you present and fully engaged?
Are you holding back? We don’t need to delve into examples of holding back. You know what it feels like to fully give your love and you know what the opposite feels like, too. And you know whether you are giving your relationships your all of if you are not. Take the time to reflect on this and where you may be holding back in your life.
Also, if you are holding back, can you get the root of why you are doing it? This will take work. Living passionately does take work. But it’s a different kind of work than you think. This is a fulfilling work that fills you up and creates more meaningful relationships.
This is part of living passionately (coming up next). The fruits of loving passionately will spill over into all areas of your life.
How you work and play and love all adds up to how you live. Are you living passionately? Before seeking any sacred passion work, seek to live your life passionately now.
Take stock of your life. Are you living passionately? Or, are you barely dragging yourself from one day to the next? You know the answer to the questions immediately.
Also, how can you change? Incremental changes have a snowball effect. Use that to your advantage. What can you start doing today to live fuller, more passionately?
Would it be…..
Creating a routine of self-care (and sticking to it)
Standing up for yourself when you feel the urge to do so
Going after what you want
Saying no to people and situations that no longer serve you
Believing in yourself instead of doubting and questioning yourself and your life.
Saying yes to opportunities, experiences, and desires that you want
Being more mindful of your thoughts and feelings
Building deeper relationships with your loved ones
Expressing yourself sincerely
Being willing and open to new experiences, even if they feel uncomfortable at first
Passionate living ranks high above passionate work. In fact, I think it’s hard to do passionate work if you don’t live passionately overall. Look at the lives of people doing passionate work. It’s often hard to separate their life from their work. There are threads of devotion and discipline and excitement running through both. Their work becomes a way of life. You can reach the essence of that before you ever even land upon passionate work. That’s your goal. And it’s worth fighting for.
In addition, you don’t need to drive yourself mad trying to figure out how to find your passion. Pick a suggestion from today’s article and weave it into your life. Turn up the volume on your passion and lay the passion work obsession down. It’s just not fun. After all, there’s no rule that says that we all have to find our one true passion.
Strive to live passionately. In the process, you just may stumble upon your passion. And if you don’t, you’ll be enjoying the present enough to not even notice.