What’s Your Passion?
I was recently binge watching TEDtalks and I came across a wonderful speaker named Ashley Stahl. She spoke about Unlocking Your Authentic Career. Ashley stated that it all comes down to three key questions…
What are you good at?
What do people tell you you’re good at?
What’s holding you back?
Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Perhaps not so much.
I began meditating on these questions and found that it’s much harder to be real with myself about my natural abilities and fears. I believe that we, as a society, have been conditioned to not be thankful or acknowledge our successes and strengths. For example, how often do you hear someone complimented on a job well done, on how lovely they look today? The common response is, “Oh no. I’m not (insert compliment here).” Why do we have a hard time accepting that there are wondrous things about us to be thankful for? I’m not saying that we need to be proud or pompous about who we are, but grateful instead. We have inherent traits that we are naturally good at. Are you a nurturer? Are you a leader? Do you find mathematics and numbers second nature?
What are you good at? Think about it. Passion is that fire that is instantly lit when you are doing those things that challenge you.
What do people tell you you’re good at? It may be easier to think outside of ourselves and think about the compliments that we’ve gotten from others on our natural aptitude. Do people tell you that you have an eye for big picture thought processes? That you’re very tech savvy? That you are outgoing? All of these traits that come from you and others can help you find that area of your life that sparks joy in you. When someone is happy doing what they love, that spark can be seen for miles. Have you ever sat with someone who was just on fire for what they are talking about? It’s infectious! THAT is passion. That is your true purpose. However, the third question comes with another deep look into the opposite of passion; fear. What’s holding you back? What are those things that keep you in the place that you are now, instead of leaping into what you truly desire? Is it the fear of not having security? Or not having enough money? Fear of failure? Complacency? I know from personal experience that becoming complacent isn’t always the best place to be, but at the end of the day you can collect a paycheck, know the job, and have health care coverage.
But, is that enough for you?
Whether it’s a career change, a volunteer opportunity, or simply a hobby or project, I would love for you to try this. Who are you? What is your true passion in life? Message me, leave me a comment or reach out. I’d love to hear what you find about yourself and what unique characteristics you are good at.