If you’re lucky, you’ve already discovered many of your passions and get to spend much of your time enjoying things that bring you excitement and joy. However, maybe you’ve not yet connected with activities, skills, and interests that ignite your passion.
It takes time, soul-searching, and some life experience to identify your true passions. These prompts are written to tap into your wants, needs, desires, and fantasies. Have fun with them and discover what you can add to your life that will fill it with delight.
- What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do? Got that thing in mind? Okay now, what needs to happen for you to make this a reality? Can you make a plan and get started on it, or is it too ‘pie in the sky’? Get real here so you can actually make things happen. Baby steps are all you need to get there. Want to go to Disneyland? Start creating the steps you need to have in place to make it happen. For example, 1. When do you want to go? Plan the date. 2. Need (this much) money for trip. Start saving for trip. 3. Who’s going with you? (talk to others). 4. How much time off do you need? (schedule your vacation, talk to boss, arrange for pet sitter). You get the idea―you are heading toward your dream trip!
- If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be? You know you thought of this very thing this morning as you were getting ready for work. This is a fun one, and another special day you can schedule for yourself. It could be something related to your work, your home, an artist’s date (Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way is a great inspiration for everyone, not just artists), or simply a lark.
- Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence? Perhaps you’ve already fulfilled this passion and you do live in your true first choice. If not, ponder the possibilities of moving to a place you’ll love.
- Where would I like to visit? Perhaps you’re harboring a secret yearning to visit Washington, D.C. or Westminster Abbey in London. The streets of Hong Kong may be calling your name or even the Grand Canyon. If you want these things, you can make it happen by following the steps we took in the first question.
- What do I talk about doing but never do it? Maybe you often find yourself saying, “I’d really like to take a cruise to the Caribbean.”
- What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams? Explore within yourself why you haven’t pursued the life you want. Can you do something differently to help bring your dreams to life?
- How will I finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ___________?” Say it out loud and fill in the blank. Then, start planning how to accomplish your wish.
- What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? If you’re discovering you don’t love everything about your life, maybe it’s time to do some “housecleaning.” Make a list of the ways you’d like your life to change.
- Which people in my life inspire me and why? It’s important to know who inspires you so you can spend more time with them. What is it about them that lights you up so much? Decide to take steps to be inspired more often.
- If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be? Your answer to this question will really open up your possibilities. Moving to a bigger city might really spice up your life. Getting more education might be a goal—plus you’ll likely make more money. You’ll be happier if you chase your dreams. Make one change this week!
- How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals? Notice these feelings. Are you pleased with yourself, elated, ready to achieve the next task on your list? You’ll no doubt want to experience them more often!
- How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? Think about the last time you had that big achievement. Close your eyes and remember how it felt. Graduated from college, received a promotion, bought a home? Where do you feel it in your body?
- What’s missing from my life? Answering this question requires considerable soul-searching and perhaps some time spent journaling. Find a quiet spot to sit and think about this question. It’s huge and can be life changing!
- Who are my biggest supporters? It’s wise to know the people who will stand behind you and help you pursue your passions, no matter what.
- Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals? We have all had someone in our life that doesn’t want us to progress. They’re threatened by the changes they see in us. To find your true passions, you might need to disengage from these people, even if it’s just for a time, while you move forward.
If you take the time to seriously ponder each of these questions, you’ll be surprised with your self-discoveries. Your true passions are still there, still inside you, just waiting to be let loose to bring you excitement, joy, and fulfillment!