I talk a lot about success as a result of setting and achieving goals. Meeting your professional and financial goals can be hugely fulfilling, but if you don’t give yourself space to explore your passions, you’ll likely struggle to feel truly happy.
So, what are your passions? They can be tough to define, especially if you’ve never asked yourself this question. Essentially, they’re the activities and hobbies that enrich your life — that make you feel whole. To borrow the words of Hunter S. Thompson, it’s “anything that gets your blood racing.”
Still, many of us struggle to define what we’re really passionate about. We get so ingrained in our day-to-day habits that we don’t have time to explore anything else. On the other hand, sometimes we try so hard to define the passions that we can never fully settle on what we’re passionate about.
Here’s a tip: Stop thinking. Start doing the things that make you feel happy. Then do them some more.
Your passion may be something simple like playing golf or gardening. You may derive a lot of personal satisfaction out of volunteering with kids or writing poetry. It may be something you do privately or something you share with others. It could be related to your job, or completely separate.
There’s no wrong answer here. If it makes you smile, if it calms your nerves, it’s a passion worth pursuing. Sometimes we just need a plan to help us do that. Here’s how to get started.
- Hone in on your passions. Allow yourself to explore different activities to find the ones that you enjoy the most. Don’t limit yourself to just one and know that your passions may change over time.
- Give yourself time to pursue your passions. Your healthy hobbies and habits impact your overall well-being and spill over into other areas of your life. That means that even something as simple as swimming laps at the pool can benefit your career and personal relationships if it makes you happier. Take the time to pursue your passions, and you’ll reap rewards in unexpected ways.
- Invite your passions to overlap with other areas of your life. Love volunteering? Consider how you can integrate that passion into your professional life. Does running give you a natural high? See if you can find someone you love to share it with. Weaving your passions into other areas of your life makes it easier than ever to maintain them.
- Don’t let the flame go out. You’ve got to keep the fire stoked under your passions to keep them burning. Make maintaining your passions a regular part of your routine, and you’ll benefit in ways you’ve never imagined.
For more on how to let passion into your life and achieve your full potential, check out my book, The Reward of Knowing.