Passion Leads to Purpose
What do you feel passionate about? What do you love (besides your family, children, and friends)? Our passion often leads us to our purpose in life. For example, I am absolutely passionate about helping people work through blocks or barriers such as hurt, guilt, shame, and self-doubt in order to experience the freedom to be authentically who they are.
I believe when you find your passion, you will experience freedom, happiness and, ultimately, less anxiety and more peace. It sounds so simple. However, many people do not really know what they are passionate about because they have lost a sense of who they are. We have spent so much time trying to please others or creating stories about why we can’t do something. What if you could change this? How would your life be different?
Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to find and live out your passion, which will lead you to your purpose.
- What do you get excited about? Technology, gardening, helping others, interior design, leadership, finances, health, fitness, writing, photography, art, managing projects, and the list goes on. Identify and write down the areas you love.
- What are the blocks or limiting beliefs that hold you back from pursuing it either personally or professionally? Look at your thoughts around placing more emphasis on this area. What are you telling yourself? I’m not good enough. I don’t have the time or money. Whatever it is, work on deleting this from your thoughts and replacing them with the opposite statement.
- How do you feel when you are doing what you love? Do you feel less anxious and happier? Do you find yourself thinking about it often?
- Do you have a plan on how to live it out? Create more time in your calendar or research what additional information or resources you might need to integrate this more in your life. Maybe it’s getting a coach or mentor to help keep you on track, reduce your fears and work on your limiting conversations. Set goals and make them happen.
Living out your purpose may mean a different job or it may mean focusing your time differently or making your passion more of a priority in your life. We all matter and have a purpose. It’s never too late to create what you want.
This quote by Bob Proctor summarizes what this all means, “Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision.”
-Kristen D Boice M.A., LMFT, EMDR Trained
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