Finding Your Passion
A really good friend of mine is always saying “when you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.”
It’s a mantra and quote that has stuck with me for many years now and words of wisdom I live by and have imparted to my kids and clients alike.
The way I see it is you have at least two choices. You find your bliss or passion in a new career or hobby and you go for it, or you find a way to be passionate about your current career.
Here are some strategies to help you find your passion:
1. Satisfaction Check
Look at each area of your life and determine your level of satisfaction with each area. You should consider your:
- health and wellness
- relationship with your significant other, family and friends
- personal growth and development
- physical surroundings
- fun and recreation
- …and anything else that is important to you!
For each area:
- I like to rate each area on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest level of satisfaction (your bliss) and 1 being a low or no level of satisfaction.
- Then I suggest taking a good hard look at each area to analyze the gap. Determine what would have to happen or change for the gap to be reduced or eliminated. For example: If you rated your career a 7 out of 10, what would make your satisfaction level with your career a 10? Perhaps more clients, less travel time to work, a better relationship with your boss, etc…
- Once you’ve identified all the items that could make a difference in your level of satisfaction you need to commit to action. Taking even one action will move you one step closer to a higher level of satisfaction in that area of your life.
2. Values Check
Know what’s important to you. Being really clear about your values and what’s most important to you helps you make better decisions more often.
Values check exercise:
- Make a list of what’s most important to you in your life right now.
- Then rank everything on the list from highest priority to lowest priority.
- Take a really close look at your top 5 values. These are your most important values.
Questions to consider:
- How closely aligned are these top 5 values to how you spend your time day to day?
- What have you been neglecting that’s really important to you? Many successful people put as much time and thought into what they do in their time away from the office as they do in the office.
- Can you make connections between what you do for a living and what’s important to you? For example: perhaps you have an expensive hobby you are passionate about, e.g. race car driving or flying planes. You are in a high paying career that you perhaps don’t love, but, it provides you with the time and money to race cars or fly planes. Find ways to love your work or at least be grateful for your career, as it is providing you with the means to follow your passion of racing cars or flying planes—there is a connection to your values, there is a sense of purpose.
3. Competencies Check
Before leaving my corporate career of 26 years to start my own business, I did some planning and strategizing to determine the type of business I wanted to be in.
In the business world it is common to conduct a SWOT Analysis (evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats of an opportunity). Applying this same management tool can be very effective when applied personally.
How to conduct a personal SWOT analysis:
- Start with an assessment of your personal strengths and weaknesses. What are you really good at? What aren’t you so good at? Engage others to provide you with feedback in these areas as well. You may be surprised by hidden talents you have taken for granted or haven’t been using.
- Consider opportunities available to you today to utilize and optimize your strengths. For example: There are careers and businesses in existence today that weren’t around 26 years ago when I first started my professional career. The world is constantly changing and evolving and so are the opportunities. Look for the opportunities or create some new ones.
- As for threats, it’s important to recognize that they do exist and to plan to minimize or mitigate any risks.
4. Mindset Check
Lastly, it’s important to recognize that your happiness is not dependent on any other person or thing. Only you can make yourself happy!
Based on my experience as a career coach I have found that many people find it much easier to be accountable to someone else than it is to be accountable to oneself. A coach can support you by working with you to help you find your passion, determine your career and life goals, and then hold you accountable every step of the way.
Linda Cattelan, Career & Life Coach and the President of Results Catalyst Inc. – a professional coaching and training company focused on individuals and teams to maximize human potential and to achieve personal and professional success. Linda shares over 25 years of corporate experience, much of it at the senior executive level. A superior track record coaching and mentoring senior managers, executives and entrepreneurs to consistently achieve outstanding results Linda is brilliant at using various self discovery techniques to facilitate getting at core issues instrumental for personal and professional breakthrough.
Holding a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Linda is a Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Linda is a regular guest of radio and television and a Contributing Author of the inspirational and informative networking book, The Power of Women United.
If you are interested in closing the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in any area of your life or you are interested in learning more about Linda Cattelan or Results Catalyst Inc. then simply click here: http://www.resultscatalyst.ca
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