We also benefit from discovering our passion. Many of the other things we have looked at so far could also impact on your passion such as your attitude, your beliefs, your sense of identity and your early environment.
Finding your passion can be achieved through careers guidance, counselling and some spiritual or other types of retreats. It is not so important how you get there but that you do take time to discover what your passion might be. Tony Robbins sees passion as ‘the genesis of genius’.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to explore your ideas and find out what you connect to at a deep level. It may be that it starts off as a hobby before it grows into something you will be paid for.
That does not mean you must spend the rest of your life focusing on your passion to the exclusion of everything else. For most of us routine monotonous tasks still have to be done even if we have found our passion. If you are wealthy enough you can hire people to cut your grass and do your laundry but sometimes those simple tasks help to slow us down and calm our minds giving us some reflective space. I’ve found that to be the case with my cooking as I become so engaged that other thoughts fall away.
If you are passionate about something you will happily do it for free. People often say that about the arts in particular. There are lots of people who create and perform just for the fun of it. I regularly go the Edinburgh Fringe festival and I see so many students thoroughly enjoying presenting their productions even though they do not make much money from it. We are so caught up with celebrity nowadays that it is difficult for some people to figure out if they are drawn to a path from within or simply because it is in the media and looks like fun.
There are also teachers, health workers, writers and advisers from many backgrounds who have a passion for their work and continue in the face of incredible hurdles. It presents a wonderful reason for getting out of bed every day. Are you passionate about anything at the moment? Have you ever been passionate about anything? Would you like to be passionate about something in the future?
You can speak to a confidante, adviser, counsellor, therapist, to help you find your way. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.