Living a passionate life is essential if you’re looking to enjoy what’s left of your life. To live a passionate life means to find joy in whatever you’re doing, which is entirely internal and nobody can tell you how to enjoy something. Therefore, while how you discover your passions may be guided, enjoying the activities that you can identify as passions depends entirely on you.
Living a passionate life is about enjoying the things you like doing. And because you get to enjoy something only after you connect with it, I believe it’s better if we start with how to discover your passions.
When it comes to having a passion or being passionate about something, the best thing you could do is to experiment. If you don’t experiment with different types of activities, then you won’t be able to discover what are the activities that you are passionate about?
Yes, there may be some activities that you dislike just by looking at them and you don’t feel like you would ever do something like it.
In my case, bungee jumping is such an activity. I don’t see myself jumping from a bridge just so I can feel the adrenaline rushing through my body.
That’s fine. You don’t really have to experiment those types of activities if you don’t want to. There are lots of different types of activities that you can pick from. And that’s where you should start.
How to discover your passions in 3 simple steps
If you’ve been wondering and asking yourself ‘what are my passions in life?’, then these 3 steps are going to get you closer to better understanding yourself and knowing what you are passionate about.
Step 1. Create a list of activities
Assuming that you want to discover your passions and you want to live a passionate life, the first step is as simple as creating a list of activities to experiment with.
If there’s no list of activities, there’s nothing to discover, which means this step is crucial. Therefore, make yourself a list of 20-30 different types of activities that you would like to experiment and see how you’re feeling.
Writing, painting, dancing, running, and so on.
In 2017, I set myself 12 challenges and I challenged my lifestyle for the whole year. I set myself to do something every day for the whole year. While I only achieved around 65% of what I set myself back then, the results were above expectations and I learned a lot and discovered many new things about myself.
You can read about my challenges from 2017 in a book I wrote, called The power of 30-day challenges.
Step 2. Set yourself a time frame and a number of days
Let’s say you have a list of 20 activities. It’s recommended to try every activity on your list for at least 3 days in a row. Also, don’t do it for more than 30 minutes every day, especially if you’re experimenting them 7 days in a row or more.
Every day, after and while you’re experimenting with what you set yourself, you should write down how it made you feel and anything that you consider relevant.
When the whole experiment is over, look back at what you wrote and try to understand how every activity made you feel. How you’re feeling is the most important KPI when it comes to how do you discover your passions.
Step 3. Enjoy
Being passionate about something means that as long as you’re involved in that specific activity, you’ll have fun, feel great, smile and laugh, forget about everything else, and be happy.
As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, you don’t need anything else in life.
You’ll hear people say that you need to make money out of what you’re doing. While that’s entirely possible, it’s only optional.
You’ll hear people say that you can’t always be happy. If you’re living a passionate life, you’ll always be happy.
I’m telling you that you can be passionate, find joy, make money out of your passions, and not give a damn to what everyone else is saying.
How to live a passionate life
To discover your passions, you don’t need something special like, let’s say, a quiz. All you need is the time and the desire to experiment.
Therefore, don’t stop after you find one of your passions. It won’t be enough.
You, me, and everyone else – we all have a limit when it comes to how much joy we can get out of a single activity. You can’t write 10 hours a day and do it every day for 20 years. You can’t run 10 hours a day and do it every day for 20 years. You can’t sing 10 hours a day and do it every day for 20 years.
Yes, there may be some exceptions. Maybe out there are some people who can write, run, or sing that much. I believe Isaac Asimov was one of those writers who did it, considering he wrote over 7 million words during his lifetime. But even then, I believe it’s healthy if you have a few different passions to juggle with.
As long as you don’t keep your attention on something, you give it time and space to breathe so when you return to it, it looks different and can inspire you differently.
Get practical and learn how to discover your passions
If you’re looking to approach more this topic and understand how to know your true passions, you can check one of the available tools.
There are 4 practical activities included in this tool and basically everyone can benefit from it: entrepreneurs, freelancers, managers, employees, parents, etc. This tool is structured in 3 big parts and you’ll get access to all the provided exercises at the end of every part. The exercises you’ll find inside this tool are the following:
- 1st Exercise: Start from desire
- 2nd Exercise: Where to experiment
- 3rd Exercise: The 7-day 6-month experiment plan
- 4th Exercise: The importance of passions
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This tool will help you:
1. Discover the needed and available resources for discovering your passions.
2. Understand how passion, curiosity, and desire impact the process of discovering your passions.
3. Learn how to use an experimental mindset to discover your passions.
4. Understand the world better through your passions.
With love and optimism,