One coach says it is a good idea, another recommends against it. I publish both opinions to be balanced and fair, but I personally believe you should find a job/career that you love. And the simple answer is that a job you love makes getting out of bed a lot easier, if not always profitable.
In this article, Chad Coe offers his tips for Finding your passion.
Passion is a rich, soulful emotion. Whether it makes you feel angry, excited, inspired or tearful, passion is something that moves you in a very powerful way. Passion is an internal experience not an external event. Finding your passion means connecting your head with your heart, engaging that part of yourself that “feels” in a big, bold, spiritual way. For many of us, this is a challenge. Our busy, chaotic lives disconnect us from our feelings. And, when we act from this “numbed out” place, it’s impossible to connect with our passions.
For most people, the road to connecting with passion begins with practicing good self care This means slowing down, spending time with yourself, taking good care of your body and mind, nurturing your spirit, and engaging in activities that will move you out of your head and into your body. Once you become passionate about your self-care, you’ll know you’re on the right track.
Become Sensitive to Your EnvironmentOnce you’re more connected to your feelings, you’ll be ready to do a little exploring to discover the specific, personal things that best ignite your passions. Spend one week paying close attention to what excites you, touches you, inspires you to think in a whole new way, or even frustrates you. Watch for clues. Stories in newspapers, programs on television, or conversations with friends may give you an indication of those things that will lead you to your passions. As you make new discoveries write about them in your journal.
Answer This Series of QuestionsOnce you’re more connected to your feelings, you’ll be ready to do a little exploring to discover the specific, personal things that best ignite your passions. Spend one week paying close attention to what excites you, touches you, inspires you to think in a whole new way, or even frustrates you. Watch for clues. Stories in newspapers, programs on television, or conversations with friends may give you an indication of those things that will lead you to your passions. As you make new discoveries write about them in your journal.
- What interest, passion or desire are you most afraid of admitting to yourself and others?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
- What do you love about yourself?
- What would you do if money was not a concern in your life?
- What one thing do you dream about doing that you’ve never told anyone?
- What do you fantasize about doing while driving your car or taking a shower?
- Who do you know that’s doing something you’d like to do? Describe yourself doing it.
- How could you make the world a better place for yourself and others?
- Who do you think you are? Have you labeled yourself a mother, student, caregiver? What are the other parts of you?
- What did you love when you were a child?
- What’s stopping you from moving forward with exploring your passion?
- List five things that you want. List five things that you’re good at. Do you know the difference between them?
- What drives you, and what gives you satisfaction?
- When you were young, what did you know you would do when you grew up?
- How would you like the world to be?
- What would you regret not having done if your life was ending?
- “This is BIG!” — Oprah
After answering these questions, read through the answers. Do you see any patterns?
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About Chad Coe
Chad Coe is a highly respected business coach and connector of business people. He inspires success in others through encouraging and motivating others to assert themselves positively in the world and, ultimately, give back. He presides over several prominent networking groups and is the author of “The Power of Peopletizing.” Chad is a highly sought after keynote speaker whose keen insight into human interaction and making quality business connections is in great demand in today’s “Relationship Economy.”