Personal Development

How To Know Your Passion

7 Questions & 6 Self Help Books To Help You Discover Your Passion

What’s your passion? Are you living it regularly or are you too busy and let life get in the way? Maybe you settled for a life but aren’t exactly sure what your real passion is? If you’re trying to find your passion in life, you’re not alone! Many of us struggle to discover what lights us up and instead, we settle for a mediocre life instead of a fulfilling life full of passion!

It’s a tragedy to just live your life without passion.

I’ve been lucky enough to have discovered mine early on in life and never looked back. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s writing!

It really isn’t that difficult to identify your passion, one easy way to do this is to ask yourself some questions. Good questions evoke helpful answers and inspiration!

Let’s take a look at a few examples here.

What do you do outside of work? This should give you a good insight of what your hobbies and interests are. Your passion could be writing, painting, singing, driving, fitness, cooking, hiking, etc.

What one thing do you do whenever you get the chance? Got a moment to yourself? What do you find you want to do with that time? This will identify those things that you feel more passionate about.

What makes you feel excited? This is normally associated with those things that you are good at. Mainly your talents and your gifts.

What makes you feel more confident? You may find that talking, writing, singing or art makes you feel this way. Again these are things that you know you are good at, therefore you feel confident. You don’t have to think twice about doing them.

What would you do if you weren’t earning money from it? Again this signifies your passions. You aren’t in it for the money, you truly love doingit and just want to spend your spare time enjoying yourself with this task. Personally, I would write every day whether I was making money at it or not. Now I’m lucky enough to make a living, from my passion.

What one thing or item would you like to change in the world? Your answer here could be a multitude of things including providing better drinking water. Helping underprivileged children or to help stop an animal from becoming extinct.

How can your hobby or passion help people? Finding a way to use your passion to help people, opens up the door to turn your passion into profit. When you can live your passion and earn an income, you’ll feel truly free.

What makes you smile? All those things that make you smile are things that you love and enjoy doing. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an item. Spending time with your grandchildren or visiting a seniors home can be other things that put a smileon your face.

Go through this list and start writing down your answers. From here you want to see if there is one thing that gets repeated again and again. If so, chances are that this is your passion. That one thing that you love to do, or want to do whenever you can. 

Your next step is to simply start making time for it, and yes you can if you truly want to.

Below is 6 books to help you discover your passion.

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Top 6 Books to Help You Find and Fulfill Your Purpose

Has your life started to feel less satisfying lately? Do you have a nagging feeling that you’re meant to be doing something else, but you’re not quite sure what it is?

There are plenty of books around to inspire you and help you find out what’s missing from your life. If you genuinely want to live a more authentic life and become the best possible you, you should check out some of the top books to help you find and fulfill your purpose.

1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert provides what is essentially her creative manifesto. She believes that toreach your potential you have to show up and push through the inevitable self-doubt. Stay focused, find joy in what you’re doing and keep going and you will be rewarded by unearthing the “strange jewels” of inspiration and magic that she believes is in all of us.

2. Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

Unusually for a ‘self-help book, Breakfast with Buddhais a novel, but one that explores the human condition and life choices as an unlikely couple of men undertake a journey across modern America.

3. F*ck Feelings by Michael Bennett MD & Sarah Bennett

Written by a psychiatrist and his comedian daughter F*ck Feelings encourages you to look past your immediate responses to life’s problems to see the bigger picture. Especially recommended if you struggle with negative thought patterns.

4. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Taking the famous Biblical story as his central metaphor and saying that by rights David shouldn’t have won, Malcolm Gladwell helps you to ‘find the giant within.’This book will help you understand that nothing is too big for you to handle.

5. Later is a Liar by Dr. Richard E. Toney PhD

If procrastination is your problem, Dr. Richard E Toney’s book will help you see that ‘later’ actually means ‘never’ and that all you have is Now. Dr. Toney will help you set boundaries, to only take on what you can handle and to let go of the bad habit of procrastinating.

6. Year of Yes by Shona Rimes

Creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, Shona Rimes shares how making the decision to say ‘Yes’ changed her life. It helped her grow from being an introvert who suffered from panic attacks before media interviews, to be able to claim her place in the spotlight. Instead of living in fear and anxiety, she made a vow to say ‘Yes’to everything that scared her.

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