Discovering Your True Passions
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | May 23, 2013 | 6:28 pm
Have you been lucky enough to discover your true passions? If so, much of your time can be spent enjoying those things that bring you excitement and joy. On the other hand, maybe you’ve not yet connected with those activities, skills, and interests that ignite your passion.
It takes some soul-searching, time and life experience to identify your true passions. These questions are geared to help you 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 those things that mean the most to you.
- What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do? This is what I call the bhag – the big hairy audacious goal. Think about what would need to happen in order for you to carry through with this long-sought dream. Make a plan and and start with step one.
- If you could spend the day doing whatever you wanted (with no limits), what would it be? Let your mind go. Think big. It could be something related to your work, your home, or simply a lark.
- Do you love where you live? If not, what city and or what type of house would better suit you? I am not talking McMansion here. Think about what you really want. Perhaps you already live in your true first choice. If not, ponder the possibilities of moving to a place you’ll love. I am thinking about that little shack on the beach…..
- What places would you like to travel to? Are the streets of Hong Kong calling your name? How about the Grand Canyon? Perhaps you’re harboring a secret yearning to visit Washington, D.C. or Westminster Abbey in London. What can you do to make it happen?
- What do you talk about doing but never do it? In a conversation, you might state something like, “For the last 10 years, I’ve really wanted to take a cruise to the Caribbean.” “I really want to take that belly dancing class.”
- What are the reasons you don’t go after your dreams? Sit with this question awhile. Explore within yourself why you haven’t pursued the life you want. What can you do differently to help bring your dreams to life?
- How do you finish this 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 accomplish your wish. Many times there is a lot less standing in our way than we think.
- What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? This goes back to the lesson I teach on tolerations. If there are things that you really don’t love about your life, maybe it’s time to do some “housecleaning.” Make a list of the things that you want to change.
- 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 take every step to be inspired more often.
- 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 will really open up your possibilities. Moving to a bigger city might really spice up your life. Getting more education might be a goal—plus you’ll likely make more money.You’ll be happier if you follow your dreams. Make 1 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. If achieving a goal is a struggle, maybe it really isn’t the passion that you think it is.
- How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? Do you just say cool, next? Or do you dance up and down and celebrate. Celebrating your achievements is really important.
- What’s missing from my life? This is one of those front porch soul-searching questions that needs some reflection.
- Who are my biggest fans? We all need a cheering section. It’s wise to know the people that will stand behind you and help you pursue your passions, no matter what.
- 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 counteract your efforts. Another way to ask this question is “Where do I stop?” Many times the person that gets in the way is You.
If you take the time to ponder each of these questions, you might be surprised at some of the answers. Your true passions are inside you, sometimes they just need you to ask the right questions before they make themselves known!