The Secrets to a Passionate Life

July 23, 2008

in Bits & Pieces

I’m on a misson to find the secrets to a passionate life. What is passion? Where is it hiding? How can it be drawn out into the open?

As our kids are getting older, I’m thinking about what it is that I’ll do when they go to school. I see it as the perfect opportunity to begin doing something I really love. A somewhat different scenario than when I entered the workforce. Back then, after finding university life wasn’t for me I basically found any job I could do. There was no deep thought that went into it. I chose the secretarial field, and as it turns out I mostly enjoyed it and was quite good at it.

Choices

I could easily go back to secretarial work, and have considered my own VA (virtual assistant) business. But I’m not sure that’s my passion. The easy option would be to simply chose a job so we have extra money to do more of the fun things in life. I feel that if I do that, I’m wasting an opportunity though. I guess I’m going through a sort of mid-life crisis.
The meerkat knows the secrets to a passionate life

The problem is, unlike the meerkat over there, I’m not sure exactly what it is that I’m supposed to do. The meerkat knows it’s supposed to make baby meerkats and keep a watch out for the rest of the meerkats. That’s its simple life mission.

Where to search

Perhaps we have too many things to choose from. Perhaps I should be looking to something more simple. Don’t get me wrong. I love my meerkat mission – my family. But I feel like I am being given a shot at finding something I can do for a living that I can be excited about working at and building.

Something. What? Where do I start looking? To be honest, I have no idea where or what the secrets to a passionate life are. So I’ve started researching. Here are some of the things I’ve discovered:

  • Your passions must come from within you. No point copying someone else’s passion – it’s theirs. This point might seem to be blantantly obvious, but it can be very easy to look at what someone loves and think that same thing can make you happy too.
  • Look at what it is you enjoy doing; not just in your work, but in all areas of your life.
  • You need to ask yourself some hard questions.
    • What are you afraid of?
    • What are your secret dreams?
    • What’s stopping you?

I am yet to start the questioning phase (perhaps I’m afraid of the answers :-) ). I have just borrowed the book “The Passion Test” by Janet Bray Attwood & Chris Attwood from the library to help me along. I’m only a short way into it but one quote from the book has stuck with me:

What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life.

This resonates with me, because I’ve always believed that, to a large degree, a positive outlook will result in a positive outcome (and vice versa). Now I just need to discover what to put my attention on!

Are you working on your passions? How did you discover your them? Or are you like the 70% of respondants to this survey (and me) that have no idea what their passion is?

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