What Do You Want?
What does it mean to be satisfied? It means to be content. To put an end to a desire, a want or a need. Look yourself in the mirror right now and ask yourself “What do I want to do every day for the rest of my life?” Now write it down.
As for me, I am now on a path and feel more content than I have in my whole life. I wasn’t always on this path. In fact, it took years to get here.
That’s because there weren’t too many people challenging you to discover your passion in life when I was becoming an adult. So, I ended up taking a path in life that wasn’t very satisfying and until I made a decision to find out what I really wanted I couldn’t change my direction.
Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Many people grow up and start making a living giving little attention to finding our true passion.
I know some of you may believe that discovering your passion will bring instant happiness but that’s just not true. Finding your passion will not bring you instant happiness but it will give you the ability to start on a path of living a more purposeful life. And living a purposeful life can brings satisfaction and happiness.
Some of you may already be on this mission but are struggling to discover your passion because you’re unsure where to even start. If this sounds like you, let me give you good news, you’re in good company. I, like you, had the same struggle.
I didn’t know my passion, I was unsure how to discover it and if I did manage to discover it I didn’t know how I would serve others or build a career or business around it. But, I did have a deep desire to figure it out and I hope you do too.
If this is you, I want to share some simple actionable steps below that you can take to discover your passion and help you to get on the path of living a purposeful life that can bring you great satisfaction!
Get yourself a piece of paper and let’s get started.
Discovering Your Passion
You can discover our hidden passion by asking yourself these questions and taking some simple actions.
What did you dream of being when you were a child?
Maybe you dreamed of being a fireman, a police officer, a doctor, a nurse, a vet.
What did I enjoy doing or helping others with most when I was a child?
Did you enjoy cooking with your mom always wanting to cook? Or maybe you always seemed to be the one that was there to lend your friends advice when they were having difficulties.
In either case, the answer to these questions are usually indicators to the passion that has been inside of you your whole life. Below are the actions you will need to take to help you discover what your hidden passion is.
Action # 1:
Ask yourself the questions above over the next few days. Try to get 5-10 answers written down. The more answers the better.
Action # 2:
Reflecting on which ones you dreamed or enjoyed doing the most and re-ordering your list accordingly.
Action # 3
Go down your list thinking about what each item on your list represents and how you can make money from that.
Some of you may have heard of the Incredible Dr. Pol. A famous veterinarian in the United States. Someone asked him when he knew he wanted to be a vet.
He said he lived on a farm and his brother had him pull a piglet out of a pig that was stuck while being born. He said from that very minute he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. So, when he got out of high school he did just that.
Maybe your dreams weren’t as obvious as doctor Pol. Maybe you dreamed of being an astronaut as a child. This doesn’t necessarily mean you will be an astronaut. You see you may have loved the idea of chartering into the unknown territory discovering new things.
You may find that you never became an astronaut but you did become an explorer of a different kind that still fulfilled your passion of adventure and discovery. Like an explorer for a map company or a photographer for The National Geographic magazine.
Your options for fulfilling your passion for adventure and discovery are endless.
Maybe you cooked every day as a child with your mom in the kitchen. She didn’t have to ask you to help because you had a love for it. You may literally grow up to be a chef but you could also own a restaurant, publish a cookbook or be a food blogger; just to name a few.
I remember when I was a child I would play teacher, teaching all the kids in the neighborhood. My parents would buy me office supplies for my birthday! I was so happy but I never became a teacher as an adult.
The second desire I had was to be a doctor. Not just any doctor, I wanted to be a doctor that delivered babies, because I love seeing new life born.
The third desire was to be a counselor, I love helping others find solutions to their problems.
I was always disappointed when I would think about the things I had dreamed about doing when I grew up that I never pursued. Leaving me feeling like a failure. But as I matured in life I began to realize that I had been doing every one of those things but in a different way.
You see I was teaching and counseling my children every day of their life and still do. I worked in ministry and got to be a part of something that helped people find healing from past hurt and pain giving them an opportunity to live a new life.
All of the desires deep in our hearts when we are a child never really leave us. You might be asking well how do those things work into a career path for me. Here’s how it works.
I have now developed this website to do all these very things. Teaching and helping others find solutions in life and business. I still also work in a volunteer position with a ministry that helps others find emotional healing giving them an opportunity to begin a new life. So you see I am still doing all three things I am passionate about.
So, could it be that we don’t always have to take our childhood dreams and desires literal? I didn’t have to go to school to be a teacher, doctor or counselor (solution finder) to do what I love in life. I don’t need to be a formal teacher to teach or a counselor to help others find solutions to their problems.
The sky is the limit don’t settle in life. Push to discover your passion so you can do work that makes you want to get out of bed and give it your all every day!
We hope this helps you get started on your journey to finding your passion in life. If you have already passed this milestone you may want to read our recent blog 5 Simple Actions to Embrace to Help you Accomplish Your Dreams. You may also want to check out one of my favorite tools the Passion Planner.
Until Next Time, TNT