Trouble finding your passion or purpose?
If so, you need to stop trying to find the perfect passion or purpose.
If you’ve been trying, and you’re stuck, it’s time to try something else.
It’s time to discover what works for you.
What Am I Talking About?
I wrote a book called Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself. Am I now saying that what I wrote is useless?
For many, answering the questions in my book is an excellent starting point. But if you’ve done that, and you’re still stuck, then you need to uncover the cause of that stuckness.
If something doesn’t work for you, find another way.
As Bruce Lee said:
Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.
One path is seldom the right one for everyone. You have to find what works for you, and eliminate everything else.
Why Are You Stuck?
The simple answer: Fear.
You’re afraid of what might happen, so you look for perfection, thinking it will guarantee your desired outcome.
You believe that if you can just find the right path, the right passion, everything will be okay.
But that line of thinking is a lie.
See life as an experiment, a testing ground.
Try different things.
Instead of attempting to find the perfect passion, let it reveal itself through tasting life.
Notice what you’re interested in, and take a tiny step in that direction.
You may be afraid, and that’s okay. You get through fear by taking action anyway. When you do, you slowly realize that your mind doesn’t know everything.
And because your mind isn’t all-knowing, you don’t have to take it so seriously. You can simply enjoy the dance that we call life.
Below is a video on this topic. The video and article complement each other, so I recommend you watch/read both.
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The article continues after the video.
Avoid This Mistake
We complicate things.
Since 2002, I’ve been following my heart.
I’ve done that by taking tiny steps toward what resonates.
A tiny step could be as simple as reading a page in a book, sending a 2-sentence email, or writing a one paragraph story (if you enjoy writing).
When you’re stuck, you live in abstraction. You’re stuck in your mind. To escape, bring your attention to this moment. Instead of worrying about what’s to come, ask yourself: What feels magnetic to me right now?
What next step can I take toward what makes me come alive?
It really is that simple.
Worries and fears will surface. When they do, re-focus on what you can do with what you have, right now.
Below is a video on the power of living in the present moment.
What If You Fall Flat on Your Face?
You get back up, dust yourself off, and put one foot in front of the other.
Failure contains wisdom.
You extract the lessons, and you move on.
As you move forward, the wisdom from your failures becomes the fodder for your success.
Do you realize that you only really need one real success? You can fail 100 times, but if you uncover gold one single time, everything changes.
Entrepreneurship is about failing until you succeed.
The problem is that most people avoid failure, so they never get to extract the wisdom necessary for success.
A Neat Summary
If something keeps you stuck, discard it.
If you can’t find your passion or purpose, forget about it, at least for now.
Focus on what is interesting to you, right now.
What feels magnetic?
Look at what you’re able to do + what you find interesting. Then take a tiny step in that direction.
That’s all you have to do.
That’s all I’ve done. I have no idea where I’m going, but I move toward what calls me.
The more I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that my mind is full of fake news.
I don’t have to take it so seriously.
I can just enjoy life.
All the best,
Photo by Jeremy Bishop