Do you find yourself waking up every day, doing the same old thing and wondering “is this as good as it’s going to get?”.
Do you find yourself going to work and feeling like you are going along with the ride because it’s convenient and honestly, if you got off it you’d have no idea where you’d be heading?
I used to be just like you. I had a career, waking up at 7am every morning, driving in peak hour traffic, working hard for the dollar to pay my bills and dreading the next day when I would have to do it all over again. I get it, we all have to make a living. We all have bills to pay, we all need food to live, and holidays to pay for so we can recharge and regain our sanity.
But at what cost are we doing this? I was burnt out, anxious, lost and over it. I knew I was meant for more, that I could live a life with more meaning and purpose, but no idea what!
I went through a new phase every 6 months for a good 3 years. I was going to study and become x, y and z. But did I do it? No. Why? Because I wasn’t passionate about any of it. It was simply just for the sake of and a desperate need for change.
It wasn’t until a light bulb went off that I finally discovered my passion. And once I did, my entire world changed beyond what I could have imagined.
Here are my 5 tips to help you discover your passion and allow you to live your life with more meaning and purpose.
- Ask yourself this question, “If money were no object, what would I want to do with my time??” What makes you feel like you are doing something that lights you up? It can be a current hobby, something you dream of doing or something you are really good at. Write these things down, FEEL into it all. Journal about it and perhaps reach out to others who are making a living out doing the same or similar things
- Let go of fear. Fear is one of the most common things and the biggest barrier we face when we are being faced with anything that is out of our comfort zones. I get it, yes change IS scary. The unknown IS scary. Not knowing what’s on the other side IS scary. But what is scarier? Staying put and accepting that this is as good as it gets? Or taking a leap of faith and jumping in, taking a chance to fulfil your heart’s desire? No one is saying to throw everything away and start from scratch. Taking baby steps can be just as powerful. The most important thing you can do is to take a step. No matter how big or small.
- Be patient. It’s ok to fail. It’s ok if things don’t work out perfectly the first time you give them a go. It’s ok to try a different approach 2, 3 even 10 times. You are not going to get it perfect the first time around and that’s ok. Embrace all the experiences you can and use them as an opportunity to grow and learn.
- Let go of expectations. This is a really challenging task for many people, but believe me when I say that everything will become a lot easier when you learn to master this. Set your standards. Stay true to your values. Learn to say NO when something doesn’t serve you. By letting go of expectations you will find that it is much easier to be ok when you experience a setback, or when things don’t go your way. Remember that expectations are things that are not within your control. So, when life happens, when things outside of yourself take place, you cannot control them. All you can control is how you respond, how you move forward and what step you will take next that is in YOUR best interest.
- Trust your intuition. If you feel drawn to something, if it lights you up, if it’s a HELL YES, then go for it. If it makes you feel closed up, doubtful, unsure, then perhaps let that go. Learning to trust yourself is one of the most valuable things you can do for yourself, because really, who knows you and your needs better than you?