How To Discover and Follow Your Passion

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/03/2014 | 04:00 PM EST

If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, it’s time to dig deeper

Everyone wants to feel fulfilled in their lives. Whether it’s starting a new business, becoming a parent or traveling the world, there are goals we set out to do that are ultimately designed to feed our respective passions. But what if you’re like many others who simply do not not know what their passion is? While it may seem absurd to some, there are plenty of people who have yet to tap into that one thing that drives them or makes them tick.

But just because you do not know what your passion is, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find it. Some people know what they want out of life at an early age, while others find out later in life. Uncovering your passion, however, is a personal discovery. No one can find it for you. Nonetheless, it’s okay if you haven’t yet unraveled your passion. It’s never too late! Here are some tips to help you discover and follow your passion.

Take a trip down memory lane.
Think back to your childhood and try to think of what made you the happiest. Oftentimes our younger selves give us a glimpse into the who we really are. There may be a dream or a passion that once lived inside of you that, for whatever reason, got lost over the years. Maybe you always enjoyed the arts, but never took it seriously, or maybe there was a skill you always wanted to pursue but never got the chance to.

Start taking action.
Don’t just think about what you’re passionate, go out there and start doing it! How are you supposed to know what brings you joy if you never give it a try. Some people expect their passion to simply fall into their lap. The truth is, most people who discover their passions earlier in life do so because they were exposed to it. Even if you don’t know where to start, you can use your free time to try different things until you stumble upon the things that bring.

Pay closer attention to your life’s footprints.
Sometimes your passion can be looking you right in the face. Go through your bank statements, your magazine or music collections, and you may just find a pattern about your taste or interests. There can be a thread or theme in your life that your subconscious could be telling you is what you want to do with your life.

When all is fails follow your heart.
Not knowing your passion can just be a sign that you’re afraid of admitting what is you actually want to do with your life. Dare to dream. Ultimately, you know what brings you happiness. You heart will never steer you in the wrong direction.

No matter what your passion is, remember that there’s nothing better than loving what you do. As they say, if you love what you do you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

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