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Find Your Passion To Add Excitement And Meaning To Your Life

4 Strategies To Pursue Your Passion


Tips to help with your journey to thriving while living with chronic illness

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Is your current life feeling boring or mediocre to you?  Is it “okay,” but you’re feeling like you want more or are meant for more?  If you’d like to feel like you’re living with enthusiasm instead of “meh,” then start trying to find a passion pursuit. 

I’m sure that you’ve heard that phrase “follow your passion” before, but that’s not necessarily an easy thing to do, particularly if you’re not quite sure where your passions lie.  Here are 4 strategies to find your passion and begin living a life that feels motivating and engaging:

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1. Look to your past for clues.  Make a list of the things you enjoyed as a child. What did you dream about? What did you want to become and experience?  You may be surprised to find that your passion might not be dramatically different from your interests as a child.  Also think back to a time or times in your life when you felt energized and excited.  What kinds of activities were you doing or pursuing at those times.

2. Make a list of your favorite activities. What things do you love to do?  Think about hobbies, interests, work situations, volunteer activities, people, and places that bring you the most joy.  Things that you enjoy so much that time flies or you feel like you have extra energy when you’re doing them or around them are big clues.  If you’re having trouble figuring out what makes you the happiest, ask your friends and family about when you seem to be the most joyful.

3. Do your research.  Browse websites and photos, read newspapers and magazines, and see what jumps out at you. Write down things that strike a chord with you so that you can research them further, and listen to your gut to see whether they truly spark your interest. If they do, then find out ways to learn even more about them (for example, taking a class or attending a workshop).

4. Expect the process to be challenging.  Finding your passion may not happen overnight, and the natural desire to resist the process and just “play it safe” may show up.  Hidden fears including fears of failure, vulnerability, rejection, inadequacy, and exposure may also challenge you.  If part of your strategy is being prepared for these challenges to appear, you can also plan for how you’ll handle those moments when they do surface.  Remember your end goal of living a more enjoyable and satisfying life and keep going. The feelings of resistance will eventually die down.

Ultimately, finding your passion won’t be the result of a logical decision. Your intuition and your gut will steer you.  It may also be a trial-and-error process that takes a while as you discover which things work for you, and learn that things you thought you’d love turn out to be things that you don’t. That’s all part of finding what feels best for you.  You’ll experience growth and fulfillment during the process, and your efforts will be more than worth it when you hit pay dirt.

There’s no time like the present to get started on finding your passion. What first step can you take this week to begin the process? Do you already have some ideas about where your passion may lie?

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Tips to help with your journey to thriving while living with chronic illness