Updated: Mar 2, 2020
There is this thing in our culture about finding your passion. This passion is what is going to bring you somewhere, make you famous, earn you money. But this passion thing... You haven't found it yet. I will tell you all about finding your passion below.
Finding your passion is overrated...
This might be a shock to you but it's true. Finding your passion in life is overrated. It is overrated because it is not that easy and clear as society lets us believe.
Think about it, how many people do you know who are passionate about what they are doing in life? Probably not that many. There are the few lucky ones that knew exactly what they wanted to become when they were 6 years old. They grew up doing what they loved and they can make a living out of it. That's great for them! But most of us aren't that lucky in finding our true calling. The next steps might help you out in this process.
1. Take your time
I know, you want to find your passion today. Your work sucks and you want to discover exactly what you wanted to become so you can live this better life. But it doesn't happen that easily. When I started out with my minor Mindful Communication I got taught everything about Mindfulness, meditation and yoga. I was really good at it, even got a 9.8 for one of my tests, but it didn't feel like I was going to do this for the rest of my life. I remember my mum saying: 'This might be a sign'. Back then I was like: 'Yeah yeah, whatever'. Looking back at it now, I didn't have the space in my life to accept that this was going to be what I was going to start a company in. I did listen to a lot of podcasts and I knew that I had to start my own company in something, that is what I felt strongly on the inside. That it would be in Mindfulness and Meditation, I only discovered 1,5 years later. Sometimes it takes some time for you to figure out what it is that will make you take the next step.
2. Follow your excitement
Looking back my time at the minor, I was really excited about Mindfulness and Meditation, but it didn't feel like this "Big Passion Thing". I believe that for most people, we can be excited about certain things but not feel like something is "it". That is okay! Just follow what you're excited about. I'm not even sure where Meditation and Mindfulness are going to lead me. I've just gone and started something that I feel excited about and I know my bigger goal, inspiring people to live a more conscious and mindful life, that is what is important now.
3. Don't force yourself
I strongly believe that the Universe has our back and brings us exactly where we need to be at the right timing. So let that happen, stay in the flow of life until you find something that excites you. So let go of wanting to control what is going to happen: You don't know, life happens sometimes. Just go with it!
4. Be grateful for your current job and situation
I so know what it's like to be in a job that doesn't excite you anymore. As long as your work is safe and you can still have a good time: be grateful for what you do have. That excitement thing will come along! If you don't feel safe at your work or you go there everyday feeling sick because you have to work, quit. Find something else temporary that can support you. It might not be "it", but at least you can be grateful for your great colleagues or the amazing location you work at. This gratefulness will make it easier for the Universe to give you what you are seeking for.
5. GO AND DO
So many people get excited about something but they don't do it because they're scared of something that might happen. They can be scared of not earning enough money or of other people's opinions. That shouldn't stop you. If you really eventually want to find a passion, you have to go for it. You might think: 'That's easy for you to say'. Yes, I can work part time to work on my company. I am so grateful for that. But, if you really want to change your life, go for it!
You might not know where to start, or you might not know what the next step looks like. That can also be scary. But if you don't take action, it will never grow into something beautiful. You have to plant that seed one day, because without seed you will not have a beautiful flower. So just go and do something and discover where it can bring you. If it doesn't bring you where you want to go, then go in another direction! But do something! Otherwise nothing will ever happen.
6. It's good to discover what you don't want
I'm also very much in to flowers and plants, I absolutely love taking care of them. So at a certain point I thought I might want to go in to that business but I wasn't sure. So what I did, is I worked at a flower retailer for a day and I discovered that it wasn't for me. I still love flowers and plants but I'm not going to make it my job. It's just a hobby and that's fine!
It's also good knowing what you don't want to do, because that brings you one step closer to knowing what you do want to do and what you're passionate about.
7. You can be multi-passionate
There are people, like myself, that are passionate about multiple things. I, for instance, love Meditation, Mindfulness, plants, interior design, nature, personal development, I'm very much into the environment, Veganism, sustainability, women empowerment and soooo much more! None of that is necessarily my passion, but that all together is what I'm extremely excited about! That is why I've gone into the field of influencers because that way I can be involved in many of these passions. If you don't want to go into that field, try to incorporate this in your life anyway. Make your second passion your hobby so you can do it unpaid. If you really love something, you can do it for free sometimes. It is good to know your worth though and get paid what you're worth, keep that in mind!
I hope this article helps you in finding your 'passion'. Remember: Don't put too much pressure on yourself!