5 Questions To Help You Find Your Passion

Michelle Arseneault

What is passion?

"a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything."
~ Dictionary.com
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Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Everyone has a different understanding of what passion means. For some, it’s simply what they’re “in to,” while for others, it’s their “destiny” or “calling”.

I try to keep it simple. For me, passion is something that gives me joy. For me, that’s teaching. I figured that out by asking myself five questions.

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How do you find your passion?

Ask yourself these five questions.
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1 - What are you good at and how does it make you feel when you do it?

Is there something you do that you get lost in? Do you often find you lose track of time while you're doing it?

Do your family, friends, or colleagues tell you you're good at something? Are you the go-to person for something? If Susan needs a spreadsheet, does she come to you? If Harold is fixing his deck, does he ask for your advice?

How does it make you feel to do that activity? If someone asks you what you like about doing it, what would you say?

Write it down.
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2 - Who do you envy and why?

Does someone make you feel jealous? Envious? Do you often feel annoyed when a certain someone is talking about their happiness or lifestyle? If so, you want to examine that. What specifically about that person makes you feel that way? What are they talking about when you start feeling annoyed?

Write it down.
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3 - What was your favorite thing to do as a child?

Think back. What did you do a lot of and really enjoy as a child? Why? How did it make you feel?

Childhood is free from inhibition. When you're a child, you seek pleasure in all things. You don't care what your parents or friends will think. You do what makes you happy. And you try to draw others into the activity too. You'll never be freer than you were as a child.

Write it down.
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4 - What do you gravitate towards in your spare time?

What about when you browse the internet? Do you peruse a certain section of the store when you go shopping?

Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming? What about?

Write it down.
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5 - If money was no object, what would you spend your time doing?

This one is harder to answer than you might think. A lot of people immediately say they want to travel. Ok. Where to? For how long? How many beaches do you think you can sit on before you get bored?

Take your time with this one. Really visualize what your days will look like. Think about what you’ll be doing in a year from now. Two years. Five. Really try to paint a picture of your perfect life. Make it detailed.

Write it down.
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Now read through what you wrote.

Your passion might not be obvious the first time you go through these questions. Try digging deeper each time you go through the process. Talk to friends and family about it. They'll likely have some insight you aren't thinking about. It might also be obvious to them after reading your answers.

Give it a try.
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