Find your passion
Wouldn't it be great if every Monday morning you woke up at the start of the working week and you were excited about your diary schedule? When each day, although you were going about your work, it didn't actually feel like work at all?
Well, you can feel this way! When you find out what your passion is in life and then find a way to earn money via utilising this passion, this is exactly what it feels like.
When working with people as a coach and they are unhappy with their current career, it is useful to talk about what they are passionate about in life, to see if there is a way of leveraging from this in future job roles. Some people find it very difficult to answer the question "what are you passionate about?". If they haven’t been asked this before, sometimes they struggle. If they are going through a tough time, the answer is often a simple "nothing".
In Robin Sharma’s book The Greatness Guide, he suggests you list your 10 greatest passions: 10 activities that fill your heart with joy and remind you of how incredible life can be!
What would your list of 10 be? Have a go now...
How many have you got on your list?
Of my 10, the top two would definitely have to be personal development and Ashtanga Yoga as continually learning, along with giving myself space to be calm, be me and connected to both my world and the world around me are important. Both of these also allow me to meet some very inspirational people.
If you are unhappy with your job, these questions are vital to start exploring. Even if you are happy with your work, Robin suggests that over a 10 week period, you need to schedule at least some of those passionate pursuits into your diary so that you get back to doing the things that lift your spirit.
Okay, so what if you’re one of those people, who still can't think of anything you are passionate about? Considering the following three points may help you:
To be passionate about something:
1. We need to feel we are free to do it, and therefore we shouldn't feel obliged to do it either.
2. It should have infinite potential for growth e.g. never ending opportunities for learning.
3. It should give us a sense of contribution, which means we feel we are doing it for a reason bigger than ourselves.
Take some time out this week to see how your list of 10 greatest passion shapes up and if you are you spending enough of your time on things you are passionate about.
I hope your list is full to the brim and you’re spending lots of time on your passions! If not, maybe that needs to be considered as we approach 2017.
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About Sandra Webber
Sandra is an internationally qualified coach, author and speaker who works with both businesses and private clients. She is also co-director of The Kudos Group which was set up in 2000 to provide training workshops, coaching and facilitation to companies across all sectors in the UK and Europe.