Exploring within to find your true passion is not easy, but the journey and the destination are worth the hard work.
Do what you love.
You’ve heard this before, right? “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” First of all, we know it’s not that easy to figure out how to make the thing you love into a business – A friend of mine recently joked that he needed to figure out how to get paid for drinking beer on a beach. Secondly, no matter how much you love something, it can still feel like work sometimes…and that’s okay. However, if you’re doing what you love, you’ll feel full, complete, and energized at the end of the day instead of empty, lacking, and exhausted.
Get a Coach
If you’re really unhappy with your current work situation and you think you need to make a big change or you’ll explode, the best thing to do is find a coach – not a whistle blowing, yell in your face coach, but one who will help to guide you through your thoughts. It may feel like a counseling session from time to time, well, because it is. It’s work counseling. You can expect your coach to ask all sorts of personal questions about your thoughts, dreams, desires, and fears. Be completely honest and let your mind venture to silly or uncomfortable places.
Take your time
If you’re not wasting away feeling completely lost in your life, you just know you’re not at the top of your business game then take your time. This is also a great option if you simply don’t have the budget right now to invest in coaching. If you choose this option though, you’ll need to take yourself through the same steps a coach might, and you have to make sure you are really listening to what you hear in your heart, and see in your space. A coach would be able to find connections you may not so it’s important that you write things down, reflect often, and keep your mind open. Again, be completely honest with yourself and allow your mind to go in all directions.
Some Questions You May Begin With:
- What do you love to do?
- What sets your heart on fire?
- What really makes you angry?
- Does this make other people angry too, and is there an opportunity to create a business to solve it?
- What is your best memory?
- Who are your closest friends, and what do you have in common?
- What does it mean to you to contribute to the world?
Look for similarities and tangents.
You may see consistent elements in your exploration. For instance, when Steph Silver, the founder of VINE took herself through this process, she realized that one of her earliest memories was walking through a field, trying not to step on any wild flowers out of fear of killing them. When she was growing up she longed for some pretty simple things: flowers in the yard, pictures on the walls, and matching dishes (she moved a lot). She also knew that she felt full and energized when hosting friends and family. After putting all this together, she has dreamed of having her own bed and breakfast or set of cabins. Not having the funds to invest in such a large undertaking – just yet – she began looking for her tangents. This exploration took her to permaculture gardening, up-cycling companies, politics, and other social and environmentally positive career opportunities. Not wanting to rush into something too quickly, she gave herself a little bit of time and one day she found her place, which lead to her passion. She had 15 years of marketing experience and she realized that she could use that expertise to guide those within her passions to greater success.
A great way to explore this for yourself is to make lists or a brainstorming chart with all the offshoots of your passions and possibilities.
Create something new…or do something better.
When you have your lists and notes, they may not seem like career or business opportunities at first but you have to get to your core to properly find your way out. Also, don’t let the idea that “it’s never been done before”, or “not like this” scare you. Sometimes that’s when you know you’re really on to something. The next step is not to run out and tell all your friends and family about all your fabulous business ideas, but to flesh it out on your own. Really examine what the customer journey and brand experience will be. How you’ll fulfill the needs of your audience, and how you’ll create a loyal following of brand advocates. You don’t need to create your entire business and marketing plan prior to telling your folks, but you want to make sure you’re in love with the entirety of your idea before you share it – because if it’s really something unique and wonderful, and you’re super excited about it, you want to make sure that you’re ready for the questions and nay sayers and that you won’t let them stop you from taking your big leap into following your passion after you’ve taken all that time to find it.
Find your desire, your passion, what drives you, and brainstorm ideas around it. Then give them a go-who knows where they will take you.