Do you have something you’re passionate about? Something that gets you jumping out of bed with excitement each day? Nah? You’re not alone!
Don’t get me wrong, I get up each day with a positive attitude – well, most days I start out positive, sometimes it goes downhill fast – and I have things that I love, but I have to admit, at this point in my life, I don’t really have what I call a true passion. You know, that all-consuming, powerful, compelling emotion toward a single thing that I just HAVE to do. Oh I’ve been passionate about goals in the past, but once you achieve a certain level of satisfaction, it’s time to find something else to pursue.
When I sat down to review my goals for 2016, I had a few things on the list that I definitely want to pursue. But some of them are things I’ve been working on for a while, so I started to think about other things I might like to add to the list. As my word for 2016 is EXPLORE, I kinda needed to find some new things I want to explore!
I started to ask myself what I’m passionate about, but I couldn’t come up with anything that completely fit the bill. I’m not talking about passionate love in the sense you have for your partner or children here – I’m talking about goals. There are things I want to do, see and become, but I wouldn’t say I feel totally passionate about them. Sometimes I’ve even felt a bit lost about not knowing what my passion is. Maybe I’m just getting a bit old and jaded!
If you have something in your life that you’re truly passionate about, I salute you – truly I do! I’m envious.
So I started to look at alternatives to finding my passion. I’ve been reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, and in it she suggests that true passion is rare (so I know I’m not alone in this thought – yay!) and instead we should pursue our curiosity, which is always within reach.
Elizabeth says, “The trick is to follow small moments of curiosity – it doesn’t take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for an instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit, is there something there for you?”
She suggests small steps and puts forward the notion that curiosity leads to passion. Perhaps it does, but surely we don’t become passionate about everything we are curious about, do we? I’m curious about a lot of little things, but I don’t necessarily want to explore them to a point of being passionate about them.
So I’m not too sure about curiosity either, but now that I’m aware of it, I’ll be on the lookout for things to be curious about.
Then I read something the other day which resonated with me – “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” Howard Thurman
Ah, maybe that’s it, I thought to myself! At least if my goals help me feel more alive, that’s something – right?
So here’s a few things from my lits:
- The BMW – Brisk Morning Walk. There’s nothing like walking along the beach at dawn each morning.
- Watching my kids play happily at the beach while sharing quiet time with my husband – this is rare
- The delicate waft of a scented candle
- Spending time alone – especially after the craziness of Christmas … and the school holidays
- Writing – anything from journaling to blog posts to jobs for clients to a new book
- Having quality time with my girlfriends, talking and laughing – a real re-energiser
- When I feel the fear, but do it anyway – and succeed!
- Sharing inspiration with anyone and everyone
After making this list, I’ve decided that I’ll focus on doing some things that make me come alive, that make me feel a little tingle of excitement. Here’s what I’m adding to this year’s goals:
- Enjoy a BMW every day I can
- Get the kids out and down to the beach at least every other weekend
- Spend time with my husband – just talking and enjoying his company
- Light the beautiful scented candles and enjoy their fragrance
- Allocated some alone time each day, even if it’s just a few minutes
- Set a time to catch up with my girlfriends for a laugh
- Be more assertive in my business goals
- Continue to blog and post here to inspire myself and others
Maybe one or more of these things will lead to my passion, and maybe they won’t, but at least I’ll enjoy myself along the way.
Do you have a passion? What makes you come alive? When was the last time you felt that tingle of excitement about something? Please share in the comments below 🙂
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