Finding Your Passion
Its amazing how we know we have been called for a bigger purpose, but we can’t always seem to identify what that is. One of the most common questions I’m asked when coaching is “how do I find my passion?” Many times our greatest success comes from our darkest moments. We may not see it, but as time goes on and wounds start to heel, we start get clarity which leads us to stepping into our greatness!
While there is no cookie cutter when it comes to reinventing ourselves to pursue a career change, an entrepreneurial journey or even to get to the next level in our current careers, there are certainly some self-reflection techniques we can use. Allow me to share a few helpful tips when it comes to identifying your passions and your purpose.
Tip # 1 – Identify what you hate to do and what you absolutely love doing!
Make a list. There are many things we can point out when it comes to identifying our passions. Is what you’re doing draining you or is it fulfilling? What does your body language and mindset tell you? Listen to those signs to determine your approach. My favorite author, John Maxwell, says that “attitude is contagious”. When we lack confidence in one simple area of our lives, what do you think your audience will pick up on?
Tip # 2 – Research what you need to do in order to make your idea successful.
For example, if you want to facilitate a webinar, research what you need to do in order to design your curriculum and start an online webinar. Both of these have cost-effective options that can make your job easier. It takes time to learn a new skill, be patient yet focused.
Tip # 3 – Survey your audience.
Identify what your ideal client is looking for. Narrow down the type of clientele you are looking to serve. Know where to find your ideal client. A great example of this is when I formed my nonprofit organization. We focus on teens, now did you think my ideal clients were teens? Nope. While the curriculum is based on what teens want to see, my ideal clients are parents and school administrators. Those are the ones who will find value in our program.
Tip # 4 – Be Flexible
Give yourself permission to change your mind when the straight path you thought to be traveling suddenly comes to a split. Know when to walk away or when to stay the course. Keep your mind on the goal, but be flexible with the journey.
Finding our passion does not always turn into entrepreneurship. Author Christy Wright always says “a hobby will cost you money and a business will make you money”. Know the difference. I hope these tips will help you identify your passion. Need a coach? Contact me.