How to Find Your Passion
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Are you stuck in a season of not knowing what you’re supposed to do with your life or what your passion is? This is something that I have struggled with for years, and it’s THE reason I created this blog. Because when I finally found my passion, everything made sense.
But when I was going through that not-knowing season, I honestly thought that all I was good for was making babies, and my sense of self-worth was depleted. By the time my fourth daughter was born, I KNEW I was made for more, and I was soon on a mission to figure out just what it was that I was sent here to do. I believe that if you find your passion, you’ll find your purpose.
I heard a long time ago that “Our dreams are God’s gift to us. What we do with those dreams is our gift back to God.” If that doesn’t get you fired up, maybe you’re just not ready for what I’m talking about today. God gave us the desires we have. He gave us those dreams for a reason. It’s up to us to realize those dreams and make them a reality. But how do we do that?
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What’s My Passion?
Like I said, I spent years feeling like I had no passion in life, but what I didn’t realize then — but totally do now — is that God was preparing me for something big. He gave me the life experiences I had to get me ready for what was to come. A friend told me this once, and I broke down crying right there in the middle of Chili’s over my burrito bowl. I’m sure I looked like a lunatic, but what she didn’t know is that the exact thing she had just told me had already been revealed to me. I believe she was God’s voice in that moment, and that is an incredible thing to experience.
My passion in life is teaching moms to take control of their lives by getting out of debt and starting a home business they love. It’s what my blog is all about. God bless the Internet because without it, it would be much harder to do what I do. Anything is possible on the Internet these days, and I definitely get the feeling I was put here for “such a time as this.”
Do you already know what your passion is? If you do, great! If you don’t, I’ll give you a few tips that helped me figure it out, and I truly hope they help you too.
10 Questions to Ask to Find Your Passion
By answering these questions, you’ll be able to get really clear about what your passion is, and as a result, you’ll get that much closer to finding your purpose. These are the same questions I asked myself to get clear about my passion. Get out a sheet of paper or print out my Find Your Passion workbook in the resource library. Answer every question and get really specific. Here we go.
What’s My Why?
Why do you want to know what your passion is? What will you do with it? How would your family benefit from you knowing your passion? This one is more of a motivator than anything, not really a “how.” But if you don’t have a why, it’s going to be much harder to figure out what you’re doing here. You gotta have a why first and foremost.
What Am I Really Good At?
Whether you believe it or not, there are things you’re good at. If it’s not obvious to you, ask the people you’re close to to help you with this one. Write down ALL the things you’re good at, even if you think they’re silly. Even if you think you’re just kinda good at it. Write. It. Down.
What Do I Enjoy Doing?
Everyone has things that make them really excited. It could be one thing or multiple things. What is it for you? Is it gardening or being outdoors? Is it doing makeup or hair? Is it helping people in need? Planning parties or vacations for others? Literally anything that excites you or makes you happy, write it down!
What Would I Do If I Knew I Wouldn’t Fail?
Fear is a huge reason why most people don’t go after what they want in life. Fear of failure or fear of embarrassing ourselves can stop us in our tracks and keep us from the one thing we want most in life. But what if you looked into the future and saw that you wouldn’t fail if you just tried? What would you do?
What Would I do If I Only Had One Year To Live?
Looking at it from this perspective can really open our eyes to what’s most important to us. About a year ago, I found a lump in my breast. I was terrified. Waiting to have the appropriate testing done was the longest few weeks of my life, and it was a driving force for me to get serious about why I’m here. I’m going through it again for a different health reason, and let me tell you, I’m scared. BUT instead of sulking or worrying this time, I’m getting to work. What would you do if you knew you only had a year left on this Earth?
What Are My Previous Career Choices?
This question is pretty straightforward. Just write down all the jobs you’ve ever had. Put a little check mark next to the ones you enjoyed doing the most or excelled in.
What Advice Do People Ask of Me?
Do your friends or family come to you for advice? Do they all ask about the same subjects or issues? What are they? What questions do they ask you?
What Do I Value?
Everyone has a specific set of values that are important to them. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, has a list of core personal values. I’ve listed them below. Use that list to give you some ideas. Write down all that apply. When I did this, I wrote down a whopping 29 of them. It’s interesting to see how all the values I chose relate to each other in some way. What you value will help determine what your passion is.
What Are My Past or Present Struggles?
I was listening to Pastor Judah Smith once, and one thing he said really stood out to me. He said — and I’m summarizing — if you want to follow your “calling,” help those who walk like you.
What if you have the struggles you have because God knew you’d find a way to overcome them and help others overcome them too? What would this look like in your life?
For us, we struggled for years financially. It seemed we would never get out of the hole we dug for ourselves, but we eventually did, and now I’m helping others do the same. I also searched for years for a way to earn an income from home. When I started my search, there really wasn’t much to choose from, and I didn’t consider stuffing envelopes and taking online surveys a solid working plan. But I did eventually figure out that I could turn something I’m good at into a career, so I did. Now I’m helping other moms do the same. Help people who walk like you.
What Makes Me Angry?
Sometimes people are moved by the things that make them angry. I’m talking about a righteous anger here. What I mean by that is this thing makes you so angry that it moves you to do something about it. For instance, sex trafficking, abused women, homeless families living on the street, hungry children at your local school, animal abuse, etc. Think about the things that shake you to your core and make you want to act, and write them down.
Putting It All Together
This is the part where you’ll discover what your true passion is. Take some time to look over everything that you wrote down, and notice how some things or most things relate to each other. There is a reason for this! Sometimes it’ll be fairly easy for you to see it on paper, and other times, you’ll have to work a little harder. Really focus on everything you wrote down and determine what it is that sparks that passion you’re looking for.
So for example, I told you that my passion is helping moms get out of debt and start a business they love. This is a combination of my core values, my past struggles, and what I would do if I only had one year to live. For you, it might be a combo of two or more things different from mine, but I promise you, there will be some things on your list that can go hand in hand.
Now that you have figured out your passion, go do it! Okay, so maybe it’s not as simple as that, but you’ve just accomplished something so many people never do in their lifetimes. That’s huge! I say go celebrate and then come back and get to work on starting your new journey to your purpose. For me, figuring it out was the hard part. Working every day to put it out there isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s definitely doable once you get that out of the way.
I’d love to know if this exercise helped you. Again, if you’d like to print the Find Your Passion workbook, head on over to the resource library, subscribe, and you’ll get an email with the password to the library. There are lots of free goodies in there!
Have you found your purpose? I’d love to know what it is in the comments!
I’m Kari, founder of Mom For More. Do you often lie awake at night dreaming about what it would be like if your family was debt-free? What if you could make that dream come true with a business that allowed you to stay home and be fully present with your babies? Mom for More teaches moms that they can start a home business, become debt-free, and gain more overall peace in motherhood. It equips moms with the tools they need to succeed in their finances, home businesses, and daily lives. You don't have to put your life on hold when you become a mother. It's okay to dream. It's okay to believe that you were made for more. I’d love for you to subscribe and follow along with me!