I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009.
And I’ve been on this path myself for my whole adult life.
What has become clear is that you can’t logically force your passion to reveal itself.
It’s a process of experimenting, discovering, and letting go.
We’re all born with a specific set of strengths.
Everyone perceives the world differently, which means we all have a unique contribution to make.
But we grow up around people that tell us what we can do, and what we can’t.
So we learn to suppress who we are, which is why we have such difficulty traveling our path.
While I say that you can’t figure out your passion, you can explore it. But the moment you try to force something, you end up frustrated and confused.
This is something that has to unfold
It’s not up to your mind to determine a path.
We live in a culture that says that you need to set goals and make things happen.
I’ve discovered that I can’t make up goals from thin air.
There are things I’m interested in. I’m naturally drawn in a certain direction.
So while I may have goals, I hold them lightly.
The more you let go of how you think life should unfold, the more your purpose reveals itself to you.
What you’re letting go of are rigid ways of thinking.
When you do that, you’re more able to live in the present moment.
You begin to notice what you can do with what you have.
My body is my vehicle, and it knows where to go
My inner GPS nudges me along my path, not my mind.
My mind is great for research and for sharing what I find, but not for making decisions in my life.
So I can read a book. I can brainstorm. I can talk to people. But then I let things simmer.
As you begin to tune into your inner GPS, your passion begins to unfold. The more you relax, the more you uncover the wisdom within you.
What’s interesting is that when I’m on the right path, I feel good. It’s like life is telling me: “You’re on the right path, keep going.”
This good feeling is a sense of being in alignment with who I am.
That means being in alignment with what makes me come alive, and what I value.
All I need is to take one tiny step
This inner compass I speak about may sound like the holy grail, but it’s not.
It’s not a guarantee.
And it doesn’t have to be. We don’t have to be afraid of “mistakes.”
I do my best to notice what I’m interested in. I use my common sense, and I keep taking tiny steps.
This is how my life unfolds. It sounds so simple. It almost sounds like I’m not telling you everything, but I am.
But your mind will get in the way
Your mind is the radio that blocks the soft whisper of your inner GPS.
That’s to be expected. Part of this path is to learn to see through your mind. Not to battle against your mind, but to not take it so seriously.
You do that by beginning to notice that you are not your thoughts.
Close your eyes, and notice how thoughts come and go, like clouds in the sky.
You don’t have to struggle against your thoughts or feelings.
Let them be there.
Re-focus on stumbling toward what makes you come alive.
Explore the world. Read books. Talk to people. Journal. Do whatever resonates with you.
It is through these tiny steps that your passion reveals itself.
All the best,
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