Kerry Ahrend, M.S., PMP
FIND YOUR PASSION, GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
In one of my previous posts I talked about discovering your WHY, in other words, what were you born to do? What's your calling, what's your purpose, what's your passion? All related and yet all slightly different. Today I will focus on how to discover your passion. I wish I could tell you it's easily discoverable or that I had the answer for you. Unfortunately, I don't know your passion, and for many of you it will require some digging. The answer truly does lie within you but first you have to be willing to explore, get out of your comfort zone and try new things.
For starters, you must get out of your head and search within your heart. Passion comes from the heart not from the logical mind. In fact, your logic may be the exact thing that is keeping you from discovering your passion. You see, we can talk ourselves out of just about anything. Something you love to do can be dismissed because "it's not practical", "not realistic", "couldn't make a living doing that", "too old to try new things", "too young", and the list of reasons can go on and on. What's your excuse for not exploring the things you love?
Maybe you have not discovered things you love? Why is that? Afraid to get out of your comfort zone? Afraid to try new things? You have already decided you won't like this or that, whatever it might be?
You have to try new things to discover new things, to discover activities you may develop a passion for. I once had a student who told me he did not like cheese because his Grandmother, who raised him, would not allow him to eat any cheese products growing up. Then he married a woman whose favorite restaurant is the Cheesecake Factory. She tried and tried to get him to try the cheesecake but he refused insisting he did not like cheese and therefore would not like cheesecake. Her question to him was "how do you know if you have never tried the cheesecake?" Good question! Finally, one day to get her off his back and prove to her he did not like cheesecake he reluctantly tried a small bite. Well much to his surprise he LOVED the cheesecake. If you are to ever discover your passion(s) you must get out of your comfort zone and try new things.