Finding Your Passion

  • Feeling like one is living their purpose is a necessary ingredient for happiness. In fact, not understanding one’s purpose in life is listed in medical journals as one of the major causes of depression. Many books like "The Quarterlife Crisis" have been devoted to this topic describing the aching that young people between the ages of 25-35 feel because they long for a fulfilling career, but often don’t know how to identify their purpose.

Here’s the good news. The path to discovering your purpose is paved with your passion. So all you have to do is identify that which you are passionate about, and you will be able uncover your purpose.

Here are five easy steps you can take which will help you discover your passion and begin living your purpose. I call it the Five Finger Passion Test.

1. Thumb: Thumbs Up To Life.

What brings you joy? We all have a natural internal homing device that registers joy when we are living our passion. What activities ignite the most joy in your life? What do you enjoy doing so much that you'd do it for free? Cooking? Singing? Writing? Painting? You really can make a career out of the things you love -- that's what finding your passion is all about.

Activity: Write down a list of 100 activities that bring you joy in life. Then rank your top 10. Your passion is usually right there in front of you.

2. Pointer Finger: Your #1 Values

Identify what really matters to you. Your purpose will always be in alignment with your highest values. What is most important to you? Creativity? Family? Service to others? Time Freedom?

: Write down a list of 100 activities that bring you joy in life. Then rank your top 10. Your passion is usually right there in front of you.

Activity: Make a list of everything you deeply value and write a mission statement for your life. This will be the rudder you can use when making decisions about which direction in life you will go.

Make a list of everything you deeply value and write a mission statement for your life. This will be the rudder you can use when making decisions about which direction in life you will go.

3. Middle Finger: Flip Fear In The Face

Most people are afraid of failure. The problem is, that fear intensifies when they set out to try to accomplish something they are extremely passionate about. If you’re feeling fear, that is a good thing. You are on the right track. Living your passion and purpose should be scary. Why? Because it means you’re growing. You’re stepping outside of your comfort zone and expanding your life. Your true purpose will pull you upward and require that you enlarge the level of your own life.

Activity—Start small then build up. If you want to paint, then start by joining an art class. If you want to speak, then join a toastmasters group. The most important part is to simply take action.

Start small then build up. If you want to paint, then start by joining an art class. If you want to speak, then join a toastmasters group. The most important part is to simply take action.Start small then build up. If you want to paint, then start by joining an art class. If you want to speak, then join a toastmasters group. The most important part is to simply take action.

4. Ring Finger: You’re Committed To It

You’ll know you’re living your purpose when you’re naturally committed to the very thing you are doing. Your passion won’t be an energy drain. What are you naturally committed to? What are you talking about long after people are interested in listening? What are you engaged in when the hours seem to fly by? What are you willing to devoted time to, even if it doesn’t look successful right away? What are you willing to do despite receiving criticism or skepticism from others?

Activity— Look around your life. What things are you currently doing that fit those descriptions? It’s probably right in front of you.

5. Pinky: Tiny Talents

True success comes when your passion is aligned with your talents. Many people are passionate about things for which they have no talent—as I’m sure you’ve seen from the American Idol auditions. The trick is to go with your greatness. Go with your strengths. There is a reason you are talented in those areas. As you pursue this idea, keep in mind that no talent is too small. Don’t discount tiny talents. Some people don’t acknowledge great listening skills, or compassion as a talent. But many people have learned to use those talents to build successful, rewarding careers, such as counselors. Be open to expanding your definition of talent and you’ll expand your awareness of your purpose.

Look around your life. What things are you currently doing that fit those descriptions? It’s probably right in front of you.

Activity— Write down your top ten talents. Ask your closest friends to write down what they see as your top ten talents. Then compare your list to your friend’s list. Often times other people can see us better than we can see ourselves.

Congratulations! When you discover what naturally brings you joy—what is in alignment with your highest values—what scares you—what your naturally committed to— and what aligns with your natural talents—then you will have discovered your true passion and be living your true purpose.

--Mat Boggs

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