Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Sunday I shared about how – when you’re passionate about what you’re writing (or doing in general) readers and people will be more inclined to listen to you, read your blog and follow you.  Passion is infectious and attracts others to you. (If you haven't read it already, click here).

What exactly is passion?  How do I know if I’m passionate about something?  Most of all, How do I find it?  Well – I’m glad you asked!

What exactly is passion? 

Webster says that passion is a powerful compelling, feeling or emotion; a strong amorous feeling or desire; a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc; a state of mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc. as contrasted with action.

Passion is something that gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning; something that makes you excited about life; something that is constantly on your mind.

How do I know if I’m passionate about something, and how do I find it?

If you’re questioning your passions or are unsure if something is truly your passion – that is perfectly ok.  What a perfect time to dig deep and think about it.  Ask yourself some of these questions and write it down (or type it up). 
  • What would I be happy doing for the rest of my life?
  • What did I love or want to do when I was a child?
  • What do I love to do now?
  • What am I doing when I'm completely in my element?
  • What would I do, regardless of the payment?
Since I was sixteen I knew I wanted to own my own business.  I dreamed of being the head honcho in the office.  Once I was in college I would always get ideas for businesses - not necessarily for me to execute, but they would mostly develop from conversations with friends. 

Anxiously wanting to be an "entrepreneur" I always struggled with my product (what I had to offer and bring to the table).  I could never think up something that I felt I could really pour my heart and soul into.  I struggled with that for a long, long time.  Three online businesses, two direct selling attempts later - I finally realized that I was honing & cultivating my passion all along.  It was right in front of me and I didn't even realize it.  I though that I would never find my "thing". 

My passion is to curate ideas and help others realize their personal opportunity and potential.  My passion is start-up consulting! 

I highly encourage you to take a step back, write down all of the things you love, all of the things you are good at, all of the things that get you excited and put a smile on your face.  Take a look at your life and recollect times you've been happy doing the same thing throughout your life.  For me - it was being able to help them think a problem through and find a resolution.  Specific instances lead me to idea generation and brainstorming. 

Then, dissect it.  You'll find your passion in there.  You'll find that constant pattern throughout your life.  You'll find your reason!

More Articles on This Series:
How to Draw People to Your Blog
Finding Your Passion: Your Story
Passionate Intentions 

xoxo, Aukele

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  1. i have yet to find something that I am passionate about. I've read countless articles about how to "find " passion, tried various how to steps but still nothing jumps out at me.

  2. Sometimes passion is cultivated over time. Sometimes passion is just something we enjoy a lot of or have gotten a taste of. Think about the things you do and enjoy without being told or with no reward attached to it. Think about the things you do and prioritize without trying... the things that you still don't mind doing if you're sick or tired. Passion can oftentimes be found in those kinds of things. :)

  3. I enjoyed this and can feel your passion radiating off of the screen in this post! :) I'm glad that you feel you have found your calling -- that's such a good feeling and unfortunately rare! Can't wait to see how your journey with start-up consulting unfolds!

  4. Erika could not have said it better. This is something that for some can come easy. For others, it can really be a soul searching project where you try different things and in different ways. For instance Shanique - you do enjoy a good book. How do you translate that into a passion? Writing book reviews? Sharing the latest and greatest? Taking a book, and figuring out how you can apply it to your life, and then sharing that? "Lessons from The Notebook - take love by the balls and don't be in a relationship because your parents think he is the right one!"

    I wish I could point out the answer for you, but the great thing about this journey is being able to tell the story once you've found "your passion". Don't lose hope, keep on to it and try new things.

  5. Thank you Erika! This type of writing is new for me and I really appreciate your feedback!!

  6. thank you SO much for posting this! ive sort of lost touch with my passions over the past couple years, this was just the push in the right direction i need right now.

  7. Hi Victoria - You're more than welcome. I had lost those passions as well and am so glad they came back around - full circle. I hope you're able to read the post from Sunday linked in the post. A continuation from this post will be on the blog on Sunday, so make sure to come back if you're not following via bloglovin' or an RSS reader!

  8. and then I followed you on bloglovin and noticed you're already a follower :) at any rate, hi! welcome to the 91dash community - you have a beautiful family!

  9. aww, thank you! youre so sweet. i found your blog through julie ann art and ive really enjoyed it! that post you linked to on sunday was fantastic! it was really encouraging to see a fresh perspective on what ive been going through, i cant wait to see what youve got up your sleeve for next week!

  10. I really loved this post! I think it's so important to keep exploring and finding our passions. Great inspiration!

  11. Oh that is awesome :) You're the first person I've actually heard from - from being on there - thanks so much!! If you ever want to talk more in depth on what you're going through just shoot me an email or hit me up on twitter (email in the Contact Me page)

  12. You never know what opportunities lay ahead of you if you stop exploring!! Thanks Kayli.


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