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Lost Your Passion? 3 Ways to Find it…

Lost Your Passion? 3 Ways to Find it…

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“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work, than follow your passion in a way that serves the world and you. ” ~ Sir Richard Branson

I know how if feels to lose your passion.  A few years ago I lost mine.

I was confused. Stunned. I felt like a fish out of water.

Imagine a fish on dry land. It can’t breathe. It gasps for air. It flaps about. It doesn’t know which way to turn. But it knows it must find water to survive.

Losing your passion is a bit like that. You have no direction. You feel lost. And lack motivation.

Do you know how I lost my passion?

I got married.

You’re probably wondering what that has to do with losing my passion.

Well…

A month after I got married my boss made me redundant. It was a horrible place to be in. I didn’t know what to do. But I had to do something. I had two choices. Indulge in self-pity. Or focus my attention on getting another job.

I did get another job. But I didn’t enjoy it. My passion hit rock bottom.

Time for action. I did some deep thinking. And changed direction.

The local college had vacancies on the Art & Design course. I enrolled. My energy came back. I was going after my dream. My long-lost childhood passion for being creative bounced back to life.

 

 “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” ~ Wanda Skyes

 

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How do you find your passion?

  • Write down your dreams

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Make a list of the things you’ve always wanted to do. What do you think about that gives you that happy gut feeling? Can you turn any of those ideas into a career?

Here are some examples.

If you like helping people sort out their problems, you probably wouldn’t be happy stuck in an office all day. Maybe a job as a nurse, life coach, teacher or a social worker will give you satisfaction. These are some of the do-good rewarding jobs to kindle your passion.

Are you neat and tidy? Do you naturally organise things and people? Maybe you could consider a job as an events organiser, accountant or personal assistant (PA).

This exercise is  to help you think about  jobs you’re passionate about. Jobs to get your passion juices flowing.

  • Renew your mind

When your passion for life goes, your energy leaves with it. You want to crawl into a hole, hide away from the world, feel sorry for yourself and sleep away your troubles. 

When you’re feeling down you’re not motivated to do anything. Negativity will stop you from moving forward.

Guess what?

Negative thinking will kill your passion.

You’ll see the glass as half empty instead of half full.

After I lost my job I could have easily sunk into a depression. Instead, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started all over again.

“Winners don’t quit. And quitters don’t win.” This is one of my favourite quotes.

One of the best ways to change your mindset is by surrounding yourself with positive people. If that’s not possible, read positive quotes or books. ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive’ has 101 inspirational stories about changing your life through positive thinking.

  • Go back to your childhood days

Do you remember when you were a child? Imagine being that child again. It will give you a different perspective on life. Children are normally passionate about lots of different things. They’re full of energy and optimism.

When you were young what did you like to do most? What couldn’t you get enough of?

Did you enjoy singing, dancing or dressing up? Maybe you got a kick out of trying out different hairstyles on your dolly or on yourself.

You could brush up on that skill and turn it into a hobby. If you want to take it further, enrol on a hairdressing course. Follow your heart. Supposing that’s where your passion lies. Make a career out of it. Apart from that, you’ll be able to do family and friend’s hair.

Perhaps you didn’t know what you wanted to do (for a living) when you were younger. But as an adult, you can still find a job you love. Your passion will shine through. And you’ll get job satisfaction.

Sometimes finding your passion means taking risks. I took a big one by quitting a teaching job to follow my passion for writing. Now I’m a freelance copywriter and blogger.

Marie Forleo shares her thoughts on how she found her passion in this amazing video.

Consider this…

Sometimes you have to dip your toes in the water to check the temperature. If it’s too hot, put some cold water in. If it’s too cold, put some hot water in until the temperature is right. But if you don’t dip your toes in, you’ll never know if the temperature is right or not. 

What I’m trying to say is, if you don’t go for what you want, you’ll never know if it would work or not.

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Passion isn’t a dream. It’s a lifestyle.

Live it. See it. Hear it. Smell it. Taste it. Feel it. Whatever you do, be passionate about it.

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Has life ever knocked your passion off track? How did you find it again? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below.

 

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    6 Comments

  1. Hey June,

    I never really had a “passion”. You mentioned writing down things you were good at and coming into the online world I was given some of those same exercises. I’m annoyingly organized so everyone told me to start a business in that field but just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you’re passionate about it. I just have a natural ability but I certainly did not want to have a business around that.

    I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m passionate about helping people. If that were the case if I went a day or a week without helping someone then I wouldn’t be happy or feel fulfilled and that’s not how it works for me. I’m glad I can help and it brings me joy but if from this day forward no one asked or wanted my help again I’d be okay.

    I’m just glad that I was able to start a business around helping people in areas they have difficulty in that I seemed to start doing really well. It’s strange how that all came about but I’m happy about it.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and I sure hope you’re happy doing what you’re doing now.

    ~Adrienne
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    Adrienne

    21/07/2014

    • Hi Adrienne,

      Although you said you don’t have a passion for helping people, I’m glad that you do help people. A lot of us would have lost out on your support and encouragement if you weren’t there for us. I’m sure many people are grateful for your help. And we would miss you if you decided not to help any more. 🙂

      I think passion is a natural ability plus a deep desire to do whatever is inside of you. The thing that gives you satisfaction and happiness. And I’m happy that you managed to start a business around helping people. You’re a natural at it.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      22/07/2014

  2. Lovely post, June!

    Recently, I’ve felt that in my personal life that I’ve lost my passion. I used to never stay at home — always out taking classes, going to museums, exploring the city…I’ve done less and less of this now.

    So, I’ve been making it a point to get out and do or learn something different each month. This month I’ve already gone to the Garlic Festival and took a painting class.

    Your post is such a good reminder to get back to those things that we hold dear! Life shouldn’t pass us by without enjoying those.
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    Jennifer Kennedy

    30/07/2014

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you. I think busyness can steal your passion. When you’re busy with work or running a business, your personal life can suffer. Unless you balance your time properly. I know that when I’m tired and I’ve got too much on my mind, I don’t feel passionate about the things I like to do. During those times I feel flat and just want to stay home and do nothing. But that’s not good.

      You’re a fighter Jennifer and I like the way you’re able to take control of the situation. The Garlic Festival sounds interesting. And good for you for taking up painting. I did a course in Art and Design a few years ago. I loved it. Being creative is a wonderful way to bring out your passion. Like you said, life shouldn’t pass us by. It’s to be enjoyed doing the things we like.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle

      30/07/2014

  3. Passion is part of Human life But most of people live their life without Passion, This is really nice article about how to get back Passion in life !

    Monika Sharma

    01/08/2014

    • You’re right Monika. Passion drives us to follow our dreams and live a fulfilled life. But it’s sad that a lot of people live mundane lives instead of following their passion.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting and I hope to see you again. 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend.

      June Whittle June Whittle

      01/08/2014

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