"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." -Steve Jobs
Some people know from very early in their lives what they want to do in life, while others search many years without answers. If you find yourself more like the latter example, it's time to roll up your sleeves and discover your inner dreams and desires. Everyone has the potential to realize their passion, it just takes persistence and being open to new discoveries.
Here are 3 tips to get you started...
1) Create a Dream List: Start a list of things you want to experience in your life just for the fun of it. Look through magazines, movies, books, etc. to get ideas. Include things you want to learn, people you admire, view various Pinterest pages. Items on your list can be big or small. Once you've listed over 50 items, read your list out loud or to a friend. Notice which items give you energy, excite you...mark these items as they offer a clue to your inner passion.
What job/career can connect with your passion?
2) Solving World Problems: If you could solve one world problem what would it be? Perhaps you care deeply about animals, the environment, health, hunger, etc. What lies behind your interest in this problem? For example, if you chose animals, perhaps you are concerned with the mistreatment of animals and want to do something about it. What's one small step you could take to move toward helping resolve this problem. For example, you could donate money to the Humane Society, volunteer at your local dog pound, or simply write articles about the issue, to spread the word.
Notice, how this is a clue to your passion and purpose...this is something you care about from the heart. Next brainstorm a list of things you could or jobs you could apply for that will move you into this passion of yours.
3) Fulfillment: Looking back through your life, what's been the most satisfying thing you've ever done? What have you been proud of? What made it so fulfilling? Perhaps you enjoyed writing poetry, working with children, gardening, etc. Write 1-2 paragraphs or jot down a few notes about what made you happy and feeling fulfilled? Notice where your energy lies and that will lead you to your passion and purpose.
Finding work that fulfills your most inner desires takes patience and courage. Patience to sift through all of the "yeah, buts" that hold you back and the courage to take bold steps toward making it happen. Make the effort to find what you love to do and then explore the possibilities for a satisfying life and/or career.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."