A loaded word that means different things to different people. Outside of relationship love, passion for our purposes can be defined as what makes your heart sing, what you love doing every chance you get, and what gets you out of bed in the morning (besides coffee). What gets you excited is a passion.
We all have various passions in life: our family, our hobbies, our pets, and our next vacation. For some of us, work is passion. Passionate work is the enthusiasm you have for your job, which is exhibited in the quality of your work. Most of us want to be passionate about our work and our career. However, finding passion in work can be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack.
TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR PASSION IN LIFE
Opterre understands the challenges one faces in finding passion in life and in work. Humans can be such fickle creatures and the challenges of the day can wear us down to the point we forget why we’re even working. Here are some tips to finding your passion:
- Examine your childhood. When you were a kid, what did you love most to do? What was the one thing (or multiple things) you could not wait to do every day? Was it singing in the rain? Playing with legos? Building forts? Pretending to be a princess? Riding horses? Doing your best friend’s hair? Playing basketball or baseball or some other sport? When life was simpler and more carefree like in childhood, you focused more on what you loved to do. What was that?
- Find purpose or meaning in life. At some point, doing things because they’re “fun” or because “you feel like doing it” becomes old and unfulfilling. You need a reason to do things in this world or you’ll flounder.
- Find your talents. What comes easy to you? Can you easily play music? Do you pick up processes fast? Are you a compulsive organizer? Can you fix almost any mechanical object that breaks? Is computer programming as clear to you as English? Doing what comes naturally to you can lead to your passion.
- Lose track of time. Remember the last time you lost track of time. What were you doing? Your passion will be in the little things you don’t think too much about, so don’t expect to get hit over the head by a 2 x 4.
- Express your meaningful qualities. What impact do you most want to have on others? Do you believe in always doing the right thing? Is being compassionate to others important to you in a daily capacity? Do you want to help others? Do you want to invent things to help others?
- Do what makes you happy. Yes, happiness is transitory. However, we’re talking activities here. What activities make you happy? If you could only do one activity in this world, what would it be? Swimming, serving, loving, building, inventing, communicating, talking, laughing, and fixing are all good places to start.
As a leader in business consulting services, Opterre believes if you have an idea of what makes you passionate in life, you’ll have an idea of what career will be the most fulfilling. That doesn’t mean tomorrow you’ve discovered your life’s purpose is sailing to Fiji, so you quit your job, buy a sailboat and off you go. If this is your life’s purpose, then Opterre is jealous. However, if it’s not, don’t feel like you need to wake up tomorrow and have all the answers. Odds are, you won’t.
Discovering your passion in life should not be overwhelming. There is no pressure to have it all together. You have a lifetime to discover your passion. The key is not to waste this lifetime NOT thinking about your passion and purpose.
Passion in life is the key to happiness and ultimately to contentment. Opterre believes one key to life is helping others. Opterre’s goal is to help business professionals start their own consulting business. We believe doing what you’re an expert at or what comes naturally to you will lead to success and fulfillment in your career. Helping you define what you’re good at and incorporating that into a business model is Opterre’s passion. Let us help you help others. Contact Opterre today!