THE 4 STEPS TO FINDING YOUR PASSION

FIND YOUR PASSION

Find your passion! We hear it all the time but how do we go about it? Learning creative and unique approaches to tap into your passion allows you to really identify those things that give you purpose and meaning, which in turn will allow yourself to be less consumed by the stresses and worries of the future. 

Finding what we love, what inspires us and what motivates us can be a difficult task, but what is far more difficult is living a life where passion, purpose and aspiration is completely non-existent - it can leave us feeling empty, lost and lacking direction.

This easy to do 'Find Your Passion' exercise that you can fill out on a piece of paper or type up on your computer lets you delve deeper into what it is that makes you tick and find simple and practical ways of analysing and assessing your passion through creative and unique approaches. 

There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
— Nelson Mandela

Find Your Passion Exercise

Passion exists at the intersection of three of more things you’re really curious about.
— Steven Kotler

How do we find our passion? That’s a question many of us ask ourselves every single day. We’ve all been told that a life of passion is a life that means something. But how do we identify our passions? It’s not always easy.

One of the things that Stephen Kotler breaks down is that he says that passion essentially exists in the intersection between multiple things that you’re curious about.

 

Step 1 - Make a list

The first thing you should do if you want to identify your passion is to make a list of 10 things that you’re curious about, the things that you most wonder about.

Think that if you had a spare weekend, what topic would you be interested in reading a couple books on, or watching documentaries on, or what activities would you like to participate in?  

Be as specific as you can.

 

Step 2 - Hunt for intersections

Create a Venn diagram, what the Japanese called Igaki, and try to figure out where 3 of the things you are most curious about intersect.

When multiple curiosity streams intersect you create the necessary conditions for pattern recognition, which is the linking of ideas together.

That’s where there is energy. That’s where there is the cultivation of passion!

Courtesy of Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

 

Step 3 - Play

Now that you’ve identified that overlap, play in that space for a little while. Devote 10 or 20 minutes a day to listening to lectures, watching videos, reading articles, books, whatever, on the topic.

Feed those curiosities a little bit at a time, but feed them on a daily basis.

 

Step 4 - Turning passion into purpose

Once you’ve identified your passion, then you can figure out how to turn that passion into a purpose.

To turn that passion into a purpose make a list of 10 things in the world you would change. 10 challenges you like to see solved and then figure out which one of those challenges can be served by your passion.

See where 4 of your passions and 4 of your curiosities intersect.

So now you see that curiosity leads to passion. Multiple streams of curiosity leads to passion. Identifying problems in the world that can be served by your passion leads to purpose.

Then you can impregnate your life with a sense of significance, with a sense of meaning.


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