Imagine yourself with a free weekend. What would you do? Clean toilets? (right!) Would you find yourself traveling? Would you find yourself introducing friends to a great restaurant? Or are you in a workshop tinkering? Maybe you’re creating new vegan recipes for your blog. My guess is that you never thought of your interests as a sign of passion.
Now, because your weekend was free, did you work all weekend on your project? Did you do more than you thought you could? Did you actually over deliver on your own expectations? I’ll bet you spent all your time on your “thing” (even at the expense of clean toilets – ’cause who would rather clean a toilet?).
If you’ve been trying to discover your passion for a while, you’ve come to the right place. Dig into the ideas here to find yours!
I believe that finding your passion is a process and not your job. Part of that process includes your awareness of your skills, interests, and aspirations.
Now it’s time to start nailing down your interests.
One way to do that is to take a moment and reflect on the last time you really got into your groove and over delivered.
When was the last time you over delivered on something? What was it and why did you work so hard?
When You Over Deliver You’ve Found Interests
Think back to a time when you purposefully worked late. Or that time that you worked for several hours without eating. You looked up and realized just how many hours had gone by, you were starving, and you kicked ass on what you were working on. What was it and why did you work so hard?
First, you were employing your skills. Skills that you find second nature like the kind we talked about here. But you just may have also been so interested in what you were working on that you couldn’t stop yourself from continuing. It’s like having a meal so good that you keep eating when you’re full.
Your interest is probably so strong that you’re working to be perfect. I think of this as the “Again!” syndrome. A lot of artists go through this. They will come back to the painting or rehearse the song or the scene over and again until they get it to a point that they would say is (almost) perfect.
If you think about it, you will probably also realize that you’re constantly learning and discovering new facets of whatever it is that you’re working on. If that doesn’t indicate interest, I don’t know what does.
When you are consistent in learning more and more about whatever it is you’re spending your time on, when you’re constantly discovering something new in what others might see as mundane, you’ve found an interest my friend.
So what do you do with this information now? Write it down. Keep your interests with your skills. If you want to work ahead, you can start to identify skills and interests that go together.
You can also sign up for my newsletter and get your free Find Your Passion workbook. It’s an easy single place to put all of this work together. Plus there’s a checklist of other things to think about on your journey to find your passion. And don’t worry, the worksheets cover those items too.
I hope you’re enjoying working towards your passion. Drop me a line on any social media channel @comingouttarot and let me know how it’s going!