Finding Your Passion

finding your passionMost of us spend too many years doing what we don’t want to do for the sake of a salary; trading off our time and energy doing something that does not ignite a fire within us. What about finding your passion and pursuing THAT instead?

Finding Your Passion

I’m the first to admit that the safety and security of a steady, dependable, and consistent income is a great thing. I will even go as far as to say there are times that I miss it.

Of course when I find myself thinking that way I also catch myself looking at what is wrong or missing in life as opposed to all that is right with it as it is now.

Sure, I used to make a lot more money and every year I’d get a nice pay raise and an awesome bonus. I can tell you what my bonus bought… about three weeks of me thinking that everything was okay… In the end, several thousand dollars bought the company I used to work for about three solid weeks of loyalty… Pretty sad, right?

To be clear it had nothing to do with whom I worked for or anything to do with me as an employee but more to do with the fact that I had zero passion for what I was doing anymore. I had a job, but I wasn’t growing, I wasn’t developing, and if I had to say, I was surviving more than I was thriving.

It sounds over-dramatic but deep down I felt as if the job was crushing my soul every day. My bank account and finances were in great shape but my spirit was spent. This went on for years before I began the process of getting clear on what I really wanted to do with my life and what I was passionate about doing and then setting my course to do just that.

As I learned, finding your passion is not enough – you also have to get off your butt and go after it.

Is finding your passion a challenge that you face? I know it is a common theme for my clients who want to make more of a professional-based transition but where do you start?

In most cases, finding your passion requires you to start thinking outside the box. The challenge here is that often after many years of doing the same thing day in and day out, you lose sight of all that is possible out there. You become myopic and forget all of the things that used to excite you or used to believe that you wanted to do.

A simple place to start is to recall what you wanted to do when you were a child. Did you want to be a firefighter, an astronaut, a teacher, a doctor, or maybe even work in a zoo. Like I said, start thinking outside the box. Visiting a site like this that lists about every job out there is a good place to start. Start reviewing it and pick out the things that truly resonate with you.

Don’t let things such as lack of training or experience limit the selections that you choose. You can always figure out how to get training and experience. Right now, it is just about finding your passion and what it might be that can get you up and out of bed excited to start your day.

You may even pick out a few things that excite you but after that, it is time to focus on one or maybe two things that are more in line with reality. If you are in your mid 40’s chances are NASA will not take your call to be on the next space mission… However, I guarantee there is something on your list that you can do and that you would truly love to do.

As I said… finding your passion is not enough – you also have to get off your butt and go after it and now is the time to start doing that. Do you need training? Do you need to go back to school, if you do then take the steps to make that happen. Quite often though, all that is needed is the desire and the courage to start. Just start doing it…

I will be honest… you might not make any money right away because that doesn’t happen overnight usually. You need to do something, get good at it, and be passionate about it. It could take months or years, but if you’re having fun, and feeling alive while doing it, that’s what’s most important. When you get to the point where someone begins to pay you for it, then you’re set.

Finding your passion isn’t always easy. It requires a lot of reflection, introspection, and soul-searching. After that it then take a lot of courage, learning, experimentation, and a whole lot of commitment.

However, it is all worth it if you take the time to work through the process. Because when you find your passion and you are living your passion, your life can be transformed in so many ways. Not only will you have that reason to jump out of bed each morning, you may also find that you are happy no matter how much money you make.

Now think of that if you don’t believe how important finding your passion and pursuing your passion is. “You are happy no matter how much money you make.” And after all… isn’t that all of us really wants out of life anyway… to be happy?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 11 August 2011

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