Passion is one thing leaders have in common. It’s passion that fuels the confidence necessary to relentlessly pursue their vision and goals and keep pursuing them even when times get tough. One of the first steps in Personal Leadership is defining your passions and creating the fuel.
I’ve heard too many young adults who spent a great deal of money on school or are just two and three years in their career say:
“I don’t know what I’m passionate about!“
My first reaction is to say “Yes you do!”
“YES. YOU. DO!”
You may not be able to define it clearly or you might be afraid to admit it, but you know.
Three weeks ago I received an email from a gal asking me if there were any assessments she could take that would tell her what she’s passionate about. I said I’d do some research, but in the mean time I gave her some action steps and asked her a few questions. I asked her to make a list of every job she’s ever had. I asked her to share three things she really enjoyed about each job and three things she hated about each job.
She answered the questions!
As I read through her responses it was quite clear what she was passionate about.
- She loved working with people and building relationships, whether it was with coworkers or clients.
- She enjoys an environment that allows her physical and mental flexibility. She can’t be chained to a desk and she has to be allowed be creative and innovative.
- She loves the healthcare/wellness/fitness industry.
These are the things she’s passionate about. These are the things that interest her and excite her about the world.
Don’t deny the obvious!
If you can’t define your passions or you’re scared to admit your them, please complete the following three steps:
- Make a list of every job you’ve ever had.
- For each position, write down three to five things that you loved about them and three to five things that you hated about them.
- Look for the patterns.
If something you loved about each job had something to do with working with people, taking care of people, serving people . . . guess what? You are passionate about working with people.
If something you hated about each job was having a defined schedule and punching a time clock . . . guess what? You need an environment that allows you schedule flexibility.
Again, don’t deny the obvious!
When you start to identify your passions and you have the courage to admit them, they will become a compass that guide your decision-making. When you do things that align with your passions, you will experience greater fulfillment.
This world needs passionate people. Passionate people are more engaged people and more engaged people are more productive people.
Do yourself and the rest of the world a favor and figure out what your true passions are.
You already know!
How passionate will you be by 30?