1. Drop your complacency
The biggest killer of all dreams is a lack of motivation. If you feel comfortable with your current circumstances, there’s a highly likely possibility of you getting stuck with them. The first step to escaping complacency is to identify the possibility of its presence in your life. Half the battle with complacency is being honest enough with yourself to accept that you have fallen victim to it.
Once you have exposed your complacency, you must break away from it. To do this you must take a Bold step out of your comfort zone. This is where most people get stuck. They desire change, but lack the discipline or willpower to take the action that is required to break the complacency. When this occurs, it is common for the individual to dabble around the outskirts of there comfort zone, hoping that with a bit of persistence, change will eventually manifest.
While this might work for the occasional lucky individual. For most, feeble attempts to leave their comfort zone will result in failure. Failure at this point is dangerous as it will kick you back into complacency and sometimes even a little deeper than you started. To avoid this, be sure to take action on a large scale. Attempt something that you would never have previously perceived yourself to be capable of. In doing so, the outcome is irrelevant. Success or failure will take you out of complacency because you took massive action. This will change your perception of your own capabilities, opening the door to a whole world of new possibilities.
2. Take off running – Use the momentum
upon discovering that your capabilities well exceed your previous beliefs, you have sparked the fire that is required to find your passion. Now is a crucial time. You have 2 options.
- Take no further action and slip back into the depths of complacency
- Continue to take Bold action in as many areas of life as possible.
After breaking the initial complacency, you will have a short window of opportunity where you will feel less resistance towards previously overwhelming tasks and experiences. This is due to the small amount of momentum you created by facing one of your fears. Use that little bit of momentum to tackle another daunting task. Repeat this process as frequently as possible, scaling up the intensity of the experiences you seek.
Before you know it, a lot of your fears will have melted away and your momentum will gradually continue to get bigger and bigger. Experiences that you never would have even considered in the past will now become a part of your reality.
so what does this have to do with finding your passion?
3. Understanding the cliche phrase “finding your passion”
Your feeling pumped now. You are seeing the world through new eyes. Who is this person you have become. Before you find your passion, you must first understand what it means to find ‘your passion’.
To the ignorant, finding your passion means discovering the one thing that you were born to do. The thing that you were born to excel at, the thing that sets your insides alight with joy. This is however a misperception, a fairytale.
The reality of ‘finding your passion’ is actually ‘finding a passion’. There isn’t just one thing your soul will resonate with on the highest level.
There is 1000’s.
Let me elaborate.
Many people claim to have found their passion. They are correct, however only partially correct. The truth is, they have found a passion. If they continued to look, they would find many more. The misperception is created because often when people resonate with something, there searching ends there. They become content with the pursuit of a certain subject or area, thus creating the illusion that they only have one passion.
What does this mean?
I understand if your initial response is negative. “so that means my dream of finding my true passion is dead?” Well yes, and no. The way I see it, it is purely positive. When you realise that finding a passion isn’t some mystical adventure, then you begin to understand what the first half of this post was about.
The reason so many people are getting sucked into jobs and careers that they aren’t passionate enough about is because they failed to search for something that they do enjoy. The main barrier that causes this is fear. Fear of the unknown. Humans have an inbuilt fear of unfamiliar circumstances, hence the normality of complacency. If you are able to overcome that fear of putting yourself in new scenarios, you will soon stumble across something you can become passionate about.
Finding your passion isn’t like searching for a needle in a haystack. It’s like being brave enough to grab one of the pieces of gold in a fishbowl full of piranha’s…kind of.
If your current life trajectory is far from desirable, theses are the steps you need to follow.
- Understand that there are 1000’s of areas in life with the potentially for generating passion.
- Identify the complacency in your life circumstances
- Take an initial Bold action to break the complacency. Try something you’ve never tried before
- Swiftly follow up on the small amount of momentum you created from your initial action. Seek as many diverse experiences as possible.
- Continue step 4 until you find something that resonates with you.
- Follow your passion.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style – Maya Angelou