18 Ways to Identify Your Life’s Passion

18 Ways to Identify Your Life’s Passion

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Everyone has a passion, it’s just a matter of whether you have allowed yourself to find it, live it, and believe it. I have a friend, we’ll call him Jim. But Jim has been struggling and depressed for the 10 years I’ve known him. He is convinced that he has no passion. I know he’s wrong.

You see, Jim has a passion for perfection, structure, order, and timeliness. He enjoys travel and companionship. He has a strong attention to detail, is respectful and prompt. He is kind, reliable and loyal. No, Jim is NOT a dog. But, Jim thinks he lacks passion in his life because he doesn’t have a hobby he loves.

Passion isn’t just about hobbies. It’s about acknowledging what your strengths and weaknesses are and embracing them. As I tell my children, we are all given different gifts, each and every one of us. Our purpose is to figure out what they are and share them with the world.

What’s your life’s purpose?

Your life’s purpose may not be just about following your hobby. Perhaps it is about finding a task or activity that utilizes your unique gifts to the best of your ability. When you are doing the things you are good at and that come naturally to you, you will feel energized and rejuvenated doing them. When you use these skills to help others to further their dreams, it is then that you are living your life’s purpose.

Exercise: How do we find our passion and purpose?

There’s no way around it. To find out your passion and purpose, you’re going to have to do some exercises. The following are some questions that will help you to identify these things. You will need to look back at your life and experiences and search for activities that you loved or were good at. You will need to do a brain dump. Don’t spend a lot of time evaluating your answers. Just write each thought down and then move on to the next thought.

  • Think about the activities that you are really, really good at. Write them down. Have you won awards?

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  • What skills do you have?

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  • What are your strengths?

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  • What characteristics would your friends, family and colleagues use to describe you?

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  • What do you love to do? What brings you joy, happiness or satisfaction? What excites you?

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  • What do you do for play, leisure, enjoyment? What is it about that you enjoy?

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  • What do you read about?

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  • What have you secretly dreamed of?

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  • If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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  • What would you do, even if you never got paid for it?

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  • When you have spare time, what do you like to do?

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  • What are you willing to spend 10,000 during until you perfect it?

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  • What one subject can you enjoy talking about for many hours?

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  • Which of your hobbies could involve working a lot with other people?

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  • What do you most enjoy doing for others?

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  • At the end of your life, what would be the one thing you want to be most happy about having done or having been?

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  • Who do you most want to help, enable, or reach?

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  • What five life experiences gave you a sense of fulfillment or growth?

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About Debra Zimmer

After 25 years of growing entrepreneurial businesses at companies such as Microsoft, where she attracted 700,000 members into an online community in 18 months and then grew a second one to 250,000 members in 10 months, Debra Zimmer then struck out on her own to grow an online retail store to 6-figures of income and put it on AUTOPILOT for 3 years. With an engineering degree and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Debra is the undisputed expert in helping experts, entrepreneurs and executives to focus their brilliance and magnify their impact using social media and internet marketing tactics.

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