Ask Yourself These Questions To Discover Your True Passions
If you're lucky, you've already discovered many of your passions and get to spend much of your time enjoying things that bring you excitement and joy. However, maybe you've not yet connected with activities, skills, and interests that ignite your passion.
It takes time, soul-searching, and some life experience to identify your true passions. These prompts are written to tap into your wants, needs, desires, and fantasies. Have fun with them and discover what you can add to your life that will fill it with delight.
- What's the one thing I've always wanted to do? Consider what would need to happen in order for you to carry through with this dream or wish that you've had for so long. Make a simple plan and get started. My suggestion is for you to start with the thing (or things) on the list that are easiest to accomplish (like yesterday) so you can get some momentum going.
- If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be? Let your mind go. It could be something related to your work, your home, or just a way to have a good time. On Mondays, when I'm home alone all day long, I like to spend time in meditation and journaling because those things make me happiest. (Sometimes I read, too.)
- Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence? Perhaps you're already fulfilling this passion and you live in your true first choice. If not, ponder the possibilities of moving to a place you'll love. But before you actually take off and do it, remember to make sure your bank account approves.
- Where would I like to visit? Maybe you've got a secret yearning to visit Glastonbury Hill, or Italy, or maybe even just see the Grand Canyon. Can you make it happen? If not right away, journal in the present tense about what you're day would be like if you were spending in the place to really want to be.
- What do I talk about doing but never do it? We humans have a habit of saying stuff off the cuff that we might never do. And sometimes, that's a good thing. But maybe you might say something like, "For the last 10 years, I've really wanted to go to Jamaica, and spend an entire week lounging on the beach." Sounds nice, right?
- What are the reasons I don't go after my dreams? Explore within yourself why you haven't pursued the life you want. Can you do something differently to help bring your dreams to life? As I said above, even the smallest thing that you can do right now that just happens to be the easiest thing can set the Universe in motion.
- How will I finish the sentence, "More than anything, before I die, I want to ___________?" Say it out loud and fill in the blank. Then, figure out a way to step onto the path of letting it happen.
- What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? If you're discovering you don't love everything about your life, maybe it's time to do some "housecleaning." Make a list of the ways you'd like your life to change. Remember that cleaning out old habits and old beliefs can make room for new, more awesome stuff to come your way.
- Which people in my life inspire me and why? It's important to know who inspires you so you can spend more time with them. What is it about them that lights you up so much? Decide to spend more time with those people, if you can. You might also pick a celebrity who inspires you (Oprah, anyone?). But don't just daydream about it - dissect and write down what it is that you love about them, and then see if that might also be a part of your inner being.
- If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be? Your answer to this question can really open up your mind to possibilities you may have missed. Moving to a bigger city, getting a little more education, or even just rearranging your furniture to align with principles of Feng Shui can change your situation. You'll be happier if you chase your dreams. Make one small change.
- How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals? Notice these feelings. You'll no doubt want to experience them more often.
- How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? Awesome, probably. It never hurts to reexamine what you might want out of life. And you're never too long in the tooth to make a change that makes a real difference.
- What's missing from my life? Answering this question requires considerable soul-searching. But more often than not, when people say, "I feel like something is missing," what they really mean is one of three things: (1) "I lack connection with a Higher Power." (2) "I don't feel like I have any friends." Or (3) "I'm disappointed in where I'm at in my life right now." All three of those statements point to one of the areas of life where we're stuck in a lack mindset - career/finances, relationships, spiritual well-being, physical and emotional health, fun and adventure, or contributions to others.
- Who are my biggest supporters? It's wise to know the people that will stand behind you and help you pursue your passions, no matter what. For some of us, that's a life partner. For others, it's a bestie who has been by your side for the longest of times. You can ask around what those super-trustworthy people think is your passion (or many passions), but don't be surprised if the answers feel surfacey - you can still use their answers to dig a little deeper for yourself.
- Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals? In order to find your true passions, you might be required to disengage from those who wish to sabotage your efforts. I'm an advocate of working on relationships, but sometimes it's time to move on, especially if it's a friend who feels distant. Remember: removing clutter makes room for better. But this is something you need to explore deeply before making a radical shift.
If you take the time to thoroughly ponder each of these questions, you'll be pleased with what you discover. Your true passions are inside you, just waiting to be let loose to bring you excitement, joy, and fulfillment.