Tip 1 – Look at what you do willingly/naturally
Observing what you do of your own volition is a powerful way to identify your passion. Let’s look at two questions that will help you discover what you do willingly or naturally.
What do you do during your spare time?
What you enjoy doing naturally, when no one else is telling you what to do, is a great indicator of what you are passionate about. For instance, my mother spends her free time reading history books and novels. A long time ago, she won a poetry contest and started writing a book, (sadly, she never finished it, though).
. What do you volunteer for at work?
Have you ever volunteered for something at your current job or at previous jobs?
Perhaps you organized an event, created a newsletter or launched a new project. Whatever you volunteered for may tell a lot about your passion(s). Consider spending more time doing these things in your current career or designing a career that would allow you to do so.
Make a list of all the things you volunteer(ed) for at work or are considering volunteering for. Then, next to each activity, write down why you enjoy these activities and what they say about your strengths.
Tip 2 – Identify your strengths
Knowing your natural strengths is important as it will help you uncover your passion and identify what you were meant to do with your life. Below are a few questions to
help you do that:
. What people around think you’re good at?
Looking at yourself objectively can be difficult since you have blind spots that may prevent you from identifying your strengths. If you can’t figure out what your strengths are,
why not ask people who know you?
Ask your family, friends or work colleagues to tell you what they think your strengths are. You might be surprised by their answers. Again, don’t dismiss anything. If you catch yourself thinking, “Can’t anybody else do that?” you might be onto something.
. What comes easily to you?
Have you ever wondered why others can’t do some of the things you find easy to do? Perhaps, this is because these things are easy to you, but not to them. Have you ever
received compliments while thinking what you did was no big deal?
Maybe, you even thought that anybody could have done the same thing. Wrong! This is so often not the case. I encourage you to identify things you can do almost effortlessly. Avoid dismissing anything. Often, the things you find easy to do are where your natural strengths lie. You’re just not aware of it because it sounds too simple. In fact, you could be a few seemingly “insignificant” strengths away from transforming your life.
So, what are your unique strengths? Is it your ability to put things together? Your boundless creativity? Your insatiable
desire to learn? Your ability to listen to people? Your attention to detail?
Answering this question will give you powerful insight. Although you might not come up with answers right away, keep the question in the back of your mind.
Tip 3 – Identify the unique way you express yourself to the world
I like to define passion as how you express yourself to the world in a way that gives meaning to your life and makes you feel alive. The following three questions
will help you identify your unique means of expression.
. What unique gift do you want to give to the world?
I believe we’re here to give our unique gift to the world. Identifying your gift is a great way to uncover your passion. So, what is it that only you can do
Do you have a vision you’ve never told anybody about? Can you inspire others? Lead a team? Create art? Educate children? This could be your unique gift.
What impact do you want to have on the world?
If you could change only one thing in the world as the result of your existence, what would that be? That one thing you want to change could be:
- People’s mindset or feelings, (e.g. by envisioning a world where people are more compassionate, confident or happier).
- Poverty (by eradicating it)
- Environment (by eliminating or reducing pollution)