This doesn’t mean that we will all live amazing lives with our fantasy jobs and end up marrying Prince Charming. Life isn’t a fairytale. But we do not need to be unhappy with our lives. It’s possible to live a “normal” life and still be actively pursuing things you’re passionate about.
3 Things You Need to Know to Find Your Passion
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Fear plagues all of us. Fear of making decisions, fear of failure, and even fear of success.
It’s something that all of us have in some ways or others. In fact, it’s a pretty normal part of life. So, instead of shying away from it or being angry that you’re afraid, embrace your fear.
Sometimes the really amazing things in life are right on the other side of fear. In order to truly find your passion in live, this may mean you need to do some things you’re afraid of. You may have to take some risks, or put yourself out there in ways you aren’t normally comfortable with.
But kind of like “the only way out is through” — in order to find your passion, you need to charge forth and discover it. Passion isn’t just going to waltz into your life one day. You need to be a little proactive and follow your dreams wherever they take you.
This may mean that you will experience some failure along the way. In fact, it’s guaranteed that at some point, you’ll fall flat on your face.
That isn’t really a positive or encouraging thing to say, but it’s true. You have to fail in order to succeed.
Being afraid of failure is just a really good way for you to procrastinate the actual failure itself.
Change is a Good Thing
Don’t be afraid to evolve and change, either. It’s okay to change.
Here’s the thing — we all change with time. That includes our inner desires, our wants, our needs, our passions.
Nobody’s judging you, nobody cares, nobody’s watching you. Nobody’s a harsher critic than you are to yourself.
Be brave enough to make those choices, embrace the fear, and do what truly makes you happy in life.
That being said, doing what makes you happy isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
You may have a vision or a dream of what you want your life to look like. And it’s not hard to get caught up in wanting that vision to come to life right now. And when that doesn’t happen, we become impatient.
The truth is that evolution is a process (sometimes a slow one). Being open to change means that you need to be open to the process of change, too.
Making changes in your life isn’t always like getting a haircut. It’s not “Ooh let’s try this” and one hour later everything is different.
In order to truly find your passion and live it fully, you need to be willing to make slow, consistent changes throughout a long period of time.
Living your dream doesn’t come to fruition at the snap of your fingers. Sometimes it takes a long time to get yourself to where you are truly happy in life.
But that’s okay, because the journey is the best part!
Be Open to Learning New Things and Experimenting
To find your passion, the key is to keep learning.
Always be trying to diversify your strengths and what your skill set is.
It’s helpful to spend time learning about a bunch of different things so that you can see what you like and what you don’t like, or what you’re really good at (or bad at — hello, math!). This is the process you need to take so that you can eventually find your passion.
For example, Jaimie started by teaching herself about photography and writing, things that she liked and was good at. Eventually, she realized that Instagram is her passion, which is kind of a combination of those two things!
Sometimes you might even surprise yourself with what you’re interested in. Maybe there’s things out there you haven’t tried yet, but could actually really love!
The important thing here is that you can’t skip learning all the necessary skills to get to the end product. So many people start businesses with the intention of reaching their goals extremely quickly. Before they even dip their toes into the water, they’ve already got a 5-year business plan set in stone.
Unfortunately, though, most people aren’t millionaires in a day. Or even 5-figure business owners in a day.
Business is ever-changing, and it may take a while for you to discover what you really want to do in your business, and go after it.
My point? Most people don’t end up where they thought they were going to end up. And most people have no clue what they’re doing, or they didn’t always.
It’s totally okay to be in the middle of the process. You may be on the way to find your passion, but not totally there yet. And that’s okay!