Developing Your Strengths and Finding Your Passion
Posted on March 26, 2014 | By Kelly | 14 responses
Not many of us are born with all the skills or traits that we think we’d like to have.
We complain that we’re too short, our hair is too brown, our hips too wide…
We wish we could play guitar, but “we just aren’t musically inclined”.
And granted – there are some things that you just have to play the way life dealt it to you.
But the good news is that there are many things that you do have the power to change.
You can be the person you want to be. You can have the skills and talents that you want to have. You have the power to make it happen.
Over the next few days and blog posts, I’m going to be going over a variety of things that you can do regularly – things that will help you not only be what you want to be, but to be the best possible version of yourself.
I’m going to talk about how important it is to find your passion – and how goal setting, visualization, positive affirmations and the amazing power of PRACTICE can help you be everything you want.
Finding Your Passions
For most of us, we’re only going to be really truly successful in things that we’re passionate about. In other words, if you hate to write, you aren’t likely going to be the next Stephen King.
Some people are lucky enough to know from a young age what it is that they’re passionate about. But if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you haven’t really figured it out yet! In that case – get ready! We’re going to dig deep down and find out where your passions lie.
After all, your greatest talents are going to be the things that you develop the most through constant practice and action. Doesn’t it make perfect sense to spend that time on doing something you love?
So let’s get to work at finding your passions!
1. Look back over your life – what are the things you have enjoyed the most? What are things you may have wanted to try, but never got a chance to? Was there anything that you were naturally really good at? Write down whatever comes to mind; those answers may be deep inside, so think about it and see what makes it way to the top.
If there is something that you have always wanted to try, go for it! Give it a try and see if it’s everything you thought it would be – you don’t really know how much you’ll enjoy something until you experience it.
2. Ask yourself, “Is this something I would want to do regularly for the long term?” It may be tons of fun, but it might also be something that you only are up to a couple times a year. If that’s the case, it’s not really a passion. We’re looking for something here that you want to learn everything about, and spend time doing on a regular basis, developing a level of expertise.
Now – this does NOT mean that you necessarily will become world-class at whatever it is. If you’re like me – 50 years old and overweight – it’s unlikely you’re going to becoming a tai kwan do world champ. But if you love martial arts, you may want to do it every day and advance through the rankings until you get your black belt.
3. Do the following exercise:
– Take out a blank sheet and write “My Passions” across the top.
– Spend at least 30 mintues writing down everything that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s a ludicrous idea – in fact, if you find yourself thinking “This is ludicrous” or that you don’t want to do it – write that down, and then keep writing. You’ll probably get a whole bunch of junk coming out, and that’s all right.
– Whenever you write down something and think “Oh, that’s a good one”, circle it or highlight it, and keep writing until the whole half hour has passed.
You’ll know it when you hit on the right thing.
Keep your options open.
You don’t have to decide today what your passions are.
The point is to fully investigate and give every option a fair chance.
Once you find what you’re passionate about, you may want to consider whether or not there’s a way to turn it into a career. After all, they do say “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day!” Having a job that revolves around your passions is one of life’s great joys.
Think about it – have you ever watched the show “Ace of Cakes”? There is a group of people who are truly passionate – about cakes and about art. They love what they do and it shows.
And when you know your passion, you can have the same thing. Let’s look at the example from above – tae kwon do. If that is your passion, you could:
– Teach at or open your own martial arts school
– Coach high school
– Work at a fitness club
– Write a book about TKD
– Have a TKD website
– Start an inner-city TKD program
There are so many ways you can make your passion a part of your life, even if you don’t choose to earn money from it.
For me, one of the best measures of success is how much time you get to spend doing the things you’re passionate about. Don’t settle for a lifetime spent sprawled on the couch in front of the TV!
When you find something you’re passionate about, you’ll be in a much better position to live a joy-filled life.
And that makes it so much easier to Take Action!