Reignite Your True Passion by Asking 3 Simple Questions

What's your passion?

Whether it comes up at a dinner party or in a job interview, this question often leaves many of us in stunned silence as we frantically try to figure out just what it is we enjoy doing.  

Identifying and pursuing what we are passionate about is imperative to our success, both personally and professionally. Passion is what keeps us excited about and interested in our own lives; it is what gives us purpose and drives us toward reaching our goals. Sounds important, right? Then why is it that so many of us find it difficult to vocalize what we are passionate about?

If you feel like you've lost (or have yet to identify) your greater sense of purpose, or if you're just going through the motions to get from one day to the next, it's possible that your life is lacking passion. As kids, our passions are so clear-cut: you love school, feel strongly about your volleyball team, look forward to dance class every week or enjoy reading on weekends. Unfortunately, with the stress that accompanies our "always on" culture, day-to-day jobs and unending bills, errands and children's needs, it's easy to lose sight of those activities that spark your soul. When everyone and everything around you require our attention, it is easy to lose ourselves and forget that we should be taking time to find and do things that we believe in and make us feel excited—not just those things that pay the bills.

Of course, making time for those things we are passionate about is easier said than done—especially when we already have trouble finding time to grocery shop or put gas in the car. Consider scheduling some time for a little self-care, and ask yourself the questions below to identify a new passion. This process does not need to be a lofty endeavor; you don't need to quit your day job and make a career change to bring passion into your life. You can start small. 

Time for a Heart-to-Heart 

1. You've hit the lottery and money is no longer an obstacle. Now that financial constraints and salary requirements are a thing of the past, where do you work?

Be honest with yourself. Do not hang this decision on trying to impress friends and family or to beef up your LinkedIn profile. Instead, picture yourself getting ready for your workday and, instead of being filled with stress, anxiety or dread, you're feeling relaxed and motivated. Where might you be headed off to? Your dream job can tell you a lot about your own passions. 

2. You've been given $1,000,000 to donate to a charity of your choice. What charity will you choose?

With the click of a button, you have the opportunity to make an extremely sizeable donation that could potentially change the lives of many. It is up to you what "many" refers to: Is it adults? Children? Plants? Animals? Determining what charitable cause is a high priority for you can reveal passions that you might not have been aware of. Consider getting involved with a local organization to learn more about what they do and see where the path leads.   

3. You haven't been tempted to pick up your phone to check your inbox or social media for several hours. What have you been up to?

Identifying activities that hold your attention and interest will likely lead you to discover a passion or two. Whether it's whipping up a new recipe, spending time with your kids, volunteering, starting an interesting project at work, hiking a new trail or exercising with a friend, certain hobbies have the power to truly keep you living in the moment?

If you're having trouble answering any of these questions, here's one last tip: Be sure to adopt a positive mindset. If you already have it in your head that "finding my passion is too hard," you'll likely remain closed-minded and block out possibilities that might surface.
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Food for thought...thank you!! Report
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Great reminder to keep passion front and center, no matter what! Report
I have been blessed to have my passion wrapped up in my job as a teacher, I have often said if I won the lottery and didn't have to work, I still would because I love it. (of course - I would also take the $$$). Helping children and youth also match my charity preferences. . Unfortunately, as retirement is just around the corner - I need to find new ways to follow that passion and I need to find other things I am passionate about to pursue. Now that I am forced to spend so much time at home because of COVID, it is a great time to explore this. Report
Thank you for giving me something to think about. I haven't thought about "what is my passion" for some time. Report
This article is great food for thought. Thank you! Report
"1. You've hit the lottery and money is no longer an obstacle. Now that financial constraints and salary requirements are a thing of the past, where do you work?"

Why would I work? Work is to get money; if money is no longer an issue, then you can bet I will NOT be working! Report
I have yet to figure it out Report
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Jig saw puzzles and babysitting toddler grands keeps me busy. Report
I had different answers for each question. I guess I have multiple passions! 😀 Report


About The Author

Amanda Walsh
Amanda Walsh
Amanda Walsh has always been passionate about health and wellness and recently earned her Master of Public Health degree. As a wellness coordinator, she provides employers and organizations with the strategies and resources they need to improve the health of their employees. In her spare time, Amanda can be found at the gym or out for a run.