If you’re one of those who haven’t identified their passion yet, this one is for you!

First things first, be gentle with yourself. It’s okay that you haven’t “found” your passion yet, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s exciting; you have something yet to explore and look forward to. Imagine a stagnant life in which everything is already figured out for you, how dull!

We all go about life in our own timelines, a universal timeline is not existent.  Whether you start at 6 or 60 years old doesn’t really matter. It’s your life, your timeline.

Ronald Reagan is one of many examples. Reagan didn’t get into politics until he was in his 50’s, before that he was an actor. So, if he, and Trump, can develop passions in that stages of their life, then so can you!

Notice, I say “develop” not “find”. People tend to say, “find your passion”, that implies it’s something that’s hidden, and you need to search for it, and once you “find” it its immediately a passion. That can be misleading. Instead, we say “develop your passion”. Why develop? As discussed in the previous blog, it requires effort and dedication to turn the hobby/ interest into a passion. You ought to commit to turn an interest into a passion.

That’s not to say you should turn all your interests into passions, or you should have only one interest at a time. The contrary, the more interests the better.

“A man who limits his interests, limits his life”

Vincent Price

But to elevate your competency and perhaps enjoyment, you can choose one of your interests to turn into a passion. You could always develop more passions as you go along.

Here are steps to develop your passion:

  • Have an open inquisitive mind

Nothing is off-limits, the world is your oyster. If you wish you can be an astronaut. Why not! Try to have this mentality whilst you explore your options.

  • Test the waters

Once you think you have identified a potential passion, start testing the waters. Purchase the instruments you need. It’s the best investment you will ever make. Don’t be cheap on yourself.

  • Set goals but don’t take it too seriously

If it’s all going well and you can no longer sense time passing by whilst you engage in your passion, then it’s time for you to set more serious goals towards this. SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based goals. However, don’t let these goals hinder your enjoyment. The goals are meant to guide you, not destroy you.

  • Commit

Don’t be afraid to commit. Dedicate the time and effort required. It will flourish in due course.

  • Join a community that shares the same passion

Whether it’s an actual club or a few people who share your passion, you can all support each other and share experiences.

  • Enjoy the journey

Don’t get attached to the end destination, instead, enjoy the present moment. That’s where you will find most enjoyment and fulfillment, in presence.

There’s no right or wrong way, just remember to be gentle with yourself; there’s no point in letting your passion turn into a cause of misery. And remember your worth is not dependent on how good or competent you are compared to others. You are good enough.