Updated: Mar 8
February brings Valentine’s Day, a holiday dedicated to celebrating love, friendship, and admiration. We recognize that there is another kind of love, one that you get to celebrate. It’s the love you have for yourself, your career, and your creative journey.
There gets to be a passion for something when it comes to loving our lives. Something that brings us joy. Whether it’s your career, side hustle, or hobby, focusing on your passion will bring you true happiness. For many, their passion or purpose tends to take a back seat due to survival. They’re doing what they think is necessary to live and pay bills. When you think long-term rather than short-term, you will find that true fulfillment comes from living a life driven by your purpose and passion.
So, how do you do it? How do you live your life through your passion? How do you live a purposeful life? Before knowing how you need to know what your passion in life or your life purpose is. You have to listen and know yourself first. Try this.
Find a place where you won’t be interrupted. That includes turning off your phone. Grab some paper and a pen. As you ask yourself these 5 questions, write down the first thing that comes to mind. It’s essential to write them down versus just remembering them to go back when you forget or let life get in the way. Remember to be honest with yourself and enjoy this process.
1. What makes you smile?
Close your eyes and think of the people, events, hobbies, activities, and projects that make you smile. It can be anything in the world.
2. What makes you feel great about yourself?
This one can be tricky for some; however, we all have things that make us feel good about ourselves. These can be habits you have, goals you’ve set for yourself, achievements, and physical parts of yourself that you like.
3. What are your favorite things to do? In the past and now?
Thinking of all the experiences you’ve had in life, what are the favorites that you repeat? Maybe you haven’t repeated something, but it’s a favorite of yours.
4. What do people typically ask you for help in?
Are you someone who people confide in? If so, what do they typically come to you about? Maybe you aren’t that someone for many people, but even the tiny requests of others can be that thing others see you as really good at.
5. What are some challenges or hardships you’ve overcome? How did you do it?
The times that have pushed us out of our comfort zone can be the hardest, yet you overcame them because you’re here now. What are those challenges, and what is the process you went through to overcome them?
Given your talents and values, how can you use these to serve, help, and contribute to people, causes, organizations, and the environment?
Living your passion is living with freedom and ease. Spending another moment thinking about what your life would be like if you lived your passion is a waste of your time. Start living it now. The benefits will come your way no matter how small the changes may be. Once you start, there’s nothing that can hold you back.
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