Are you struggling to find your passion? Trust me, you’re not alone. I spent years tried to figure out what the one thing that I loved doing was. And guess what? I still don’t know what it is!
Yet, I’ve got a super clear direction in life, I feel like I’m reaching my potential and making the most out of my days. I’m doing all that and I don’t know what my passion is!
What I’ve come to realise is that you don’t need to know what your ONE passion in life is, because you might be like me and not even have just one.
I love doing lots of things like hiking, wildlife watching, Netflix binging, travelling, reading crime fiction, trying street food etc, etc. But I couldn’t choose just one of those things, and I don’t think I’d like to earn a living from any of them. I quite like keeping them sacred and special, just for chilling out.
Instead, I recommend you focusing on purpose – who do you want to help and how do you want to help them?
Here are 4 big reasons why I reckon that’s the way to go:
1. It’s easier
Now I don’t know about you, but I am totally about making things easier for myself. And focusing on purpose instead of passion makes it way easier for you to decide what your next career step is going to be. Why? Because it flips the decision. Instead of it being about your and your ever-changing feelings, it makes it about giving and sharing your skills and talents with other people.
2. Passions = getting, whereas purpose = giving
I got this one from a cool life coach called Kain Ramsey in his life coach certification course.
His very wise words say that if you pursue happiness you’re focusing on getting, but if you pursue fulfillment, you’re focusing on giving. Which, if you think about it, is totally true! And in my eyes, following your passions is pursuing happiness, whereas following your purpose is pursuing fulfillment.
Now there’s nothing wrong with getting but the thing is if this is what you’re focusing all your efforts on, you can see why you’re struggling to find direction. Happiness is fickle, it comes and it goes just like any other emotion. But fulfillment, fulfillment is more of a way of being than an emotion. It goes right to your core. Your emotions can change, you can be happy, sad, angry, excited and still be fulfilled.
3. What do you do in your free time?
No matter how much you love your work, at the end of the day, it’s still work! You still need be able to switch off once your work for the day is done, de-stress and relax. It’s so important for your well-being. If you spend all of your free time on your passion now, how will you fill it if your passion becomes your work? Whereas if you focus on doing work that fulfills you, you’ll still have your passion to look forward to after a challenging day (because no matter how much you love your job, challenging days will still happen!)
4. You might lose your passion
If you’re spending your days working on your passion, how long will it be until the added pressure that inevitably comes with making a living out of something starts making your passion lose some of its magic?
So if you are really serious about getting some clear direction in your life, I recommend switching your focus from following your passion and pursuing happiness, to focusing on discovering your purpose and finding fulfillment. It will take some of the pressure off, make it easier to get clear on what you what to do and protect the things that you really love doing for your sacred free time.
That’s not to say that you’re not going to enjoy doing work that brings you fulfillment! You will! It will just be in a more sustainable, deeper and more meaningful way.
Here’s a question to take away and ponder…