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11 Incredibly Simple Ways to Find Your Passion, Right Now

If you’re reading this, chances are that you don’t know what your passion is. The good news is that if you keep reading, you will discover 11 proven ways of finding your passion today.

You see, most people give up before they even have the chance of finding what truly excites them in life.

Don’t let that be you. Take control of your life and decide how you want to live. You can go after your dreams if you choose to.

The only thing you have to do is take one small step each day towards your dreams and you will get there sooner or later.

Refuse to give up and you will live a glorious life. You are on this planet to contribute to humanity with the gifts you have. We all are.

With all that said let’s look at how you can find your passion, right now.

1. Ask Your Higher Self

A great way to solve problems and get ideas is to sit in solitude and meditate. This can be as simple as focusing on your breath to silence your mind, and then asking for a solution to your problem.

When using this to find your passion, simply ask yourself what your passion is and what you are meant to do in this lifetime after youíve calmed your mind. You will be surprised at the answers you get.

If at first this doesn’t work, keep trying.

2. Listen to Your Heart

Your heart knows more about you than your mind. Listen to your heart and follow your excitement. You may have been suspending your heart’s deepest desire because you fear failure.

Most people don’t think making a living with their passion is realistic, but then they see people all around them that are getting paid to do what they love.

It’s not a question about if it’s possible, it’s a question about whether you want it badly enough or not.

If other people are doing it, why not you?

3. Look into the Past

What did you like to do when you were a child? When we are young; we have no inhibitions, and we get to do almost anything we want.

When I was a kid, I enjoyed writing tremendously, and it is one of my main passions to this day, but it took me many years to rediscover it.

So look into the past and try to find what made you excited back when you were just a kid, and I’m not talking about buying new toys.

4. Brainstorm

A great exercise that I recommend you try is to write ‘What is My Passion?’ at the top of a clean sheet of paper, and start writing down anything that comes to mind.

Push yourself and try to come up with at least 20 to 30 answers. The first few will be easy, but as you keep going it will get harder and harder to come up with answers.

If you keep pushing yourself, you might just find your passion. You see, the last few answers that you can muster up aren’t censored by your mind, so they come straight from your heart, which is where your passion is.

5. Consult Your Fears

What are you secretly afraid of doing but want to do?

For the longest time, I didn’t believe that I could follow my passion. I was afraid that people wouldn’t like my writing or that I wouldn’t have anything to contribute.

Eventually I got sick of putting myself down. I decided to take action and do it anyway. When I made this choice, I quickly realized that I did have something to contribute.

We all do.

6. What Comes Easy to You?

We all have a set of skills and talents. One of my skills and something that comes easy to me is writing.

This doesn’t have to be something you went to school for or something that you’ve been trained in. Think of it as something you have a natural inclination to do.

Have people ever complimented you on anything? Have you ever been told you’re talented at a specific task?

It might even be something that you dismissed offhand because you thought it wasn’t possible to make a living doing that.

Many dreams have been crushed by false assumptions like this.

7. What Would You Do If …

What would you do if you had $1 million in the bank right now?

Would you quit your job? Would you start painting, or even writing?

This is a powerful question, because most of our worries are financial, but once we have the most basic needs met, we can focus on what truly matters.

So what would you do if you had all the security in the world? Imagine all of your basic needs met. Where would your heart take you?

8. What Do You Like?

When I was searching for my passion, I found myself reading a lot of spiritual and personal development material.

I’m also highly interested in anything that has to do with business, so I blended those together, and today I make a living doing what I love.

It didn’t happen overnight, but I succeeded because giving up wasn’t an option.

Think about what you like to learn about, and what you would like to immerse yourself in if you had more time.

9. Eliminate Excuses

Excuses are poison to your dreams. Never let yourself make any excuses about why you cannot go after your dreams.

Excuses exist only in your mind, and it is not until you make the choice to never make excuses again that you can start making real progress.

Make the decision today that you will create your own destiny.

10. Make the Choice

Once you make the choice that you are going to live a happy, fulfilled, and passionate life, nothing can stop you except yourself.

It has been said over and over again that the only person that stands in your way is yourself.

You don’t have to make a radical change in your life; you just have to start taking small steps towards the life you truly want to live.

11. Never Give Up

Last, but definitely not least is to never give up. The most common reason most people aren’t following their passion is because they gave up before they even had the chance to succeed.

Most successful people fail over and over again until they succeed. It’s up to you whether you want to live a passionate life or not.

You alone are responsible for your destiny.

Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where you can get his FREE life-changing course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less.

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  • http://www.motivationalmemo.com Peter G. James Sinclair

    Passion is where possibility is unveiled. That’s where potential is released. That is where the strong get stronger. That is where the joy becomes more joyous.
    It is a fulfilling and satisfying place to be. It is the arena where you love what you do and you do what you love. This is where you work harder, smarter, and even longer at times because work has become attractive. Work has in fact been transformed into a labor of love.

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      And that is ultimately where you find success beyond your wildest dreams.

      Well put, Peter!

    • jasmine

      Great … pure & simple. the best definition.

  • Chetan

    Dear Henri ! nice post.
    During my first job way back in 1995 – my boss used to tell us that do work with passion but at that time we do not know exact meaning of passion.

    I am passionate about adventure,long distance running – I can do it anytime and get away with any obstacles that comes on the way. So now I know what is passion.

    Same kind of passion I feel it still missing in me as far as learning new things is concern ( I start but then I miss the goal and learning stops )

    Chetan

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      Hey Chetan,

      Keep moving forward and you’ll eventually have a breakthrough. You’re already further on the path than most!

  • http://www.transformationalmotivation.com M. A. Tohami

    Passion is king. Only when you breathe it in, can the transformation begin!

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      Agreed!

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      Yes sir!

  • http://www.embracingyourlife.wordpress.com Kristi

    More great writing Henri! So glad you decided to find your passion and jump in. It’s great to see you spreading your knowledge around and when you guest post like this I get to know other great websites that I wouldn’t have known before. I just sent your this guest post to a friend on Facebook and I also signed up for Pick the Brain’s newsletter! More good stuff on the way…

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      Fantastic, Kristi!

  • http://blog.self-improvement-saga.com Nea | Self Improvement Saga

    I like #3. Looking into your past is a wonderful way to rediscover what you’re truly passionate about. We are usually highly aware of it as children and young adults, but we lose sight when life gets busy. Looking back at what once brought us joy is a great way to get that joy back into our lives.

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      You’re right on, Nea. I was very into writing stories and writing in general when I was younger but quickly forgot it in my teen years.

  • http://upgrade-complete.com Sean

    Great article and inspiration as usual Henri. If this doesn’t help someone look deeper within themselves and find what they love, I don’t know what will! :)

    Especially #2 and #11 – If you follow these, the chances of success are almost guaranteed!

    Thanks Henri :)

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      Hey Sean,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for reading it and leaving a comment.

      You rock!

  • http://facebook.com/missiondrivenbrand Rob Pene

    I particularly like the “consult your fears” tip…often times, its tough to face those fears, but when done in conjunction to taking some sort of REAL action, everything usually comes out ok :) Thanks for the post :)

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Rob. There are some great, revealing answers in those deep, seemingly scary fears.

      Have a fantastic day!

  • http://www.fredtracy.com Fred Tracy

    My favorite tip is the first one.. ask your higher self. When I meditate and clear my mind, I find that answers will just miraculously appear. It’s really incredible!

    • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri

      It’s amazing how that works, isn’t it? ;)

  • http://www.happinesshereblog.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I find the money question to be extremely helpful, especially since so many of us feel trapped by lack of finances. If money weren’t an option, what would I do? That question cuts to the quick in no time.

  • vignesh

    Sir thank you for giving us a wonderful site, this site is my best companion to heal me from depression I feel this site as if my friend.
    This is the post which i was waiting for, really a great post. I am a student from India doing my final year computer application, i love electronic machines (gadgets) and automobiles due to average make in my 12th std i could not enter an engineering college, but now i made my mind towards M.B.A so that i can become a CEO in an automobile industry.

  • Jaym

    There’s a major flaw in this process: The actions of others, or societal constructs- how society works- stopping you with nothing you can do to change it.

    My passion (to the degree I have any passions left after the abuses I’ve suffered during the last 16+ years) is creative writing. However, I have met with 5 published Michigan authors. ALL have to work “primary” jobs- the one thing true about writing fiction novels is the authors who can live off their books alone are akin to winning the lottery.

    This is where the problems arise. I have incurable generalized anxiety disorder I can not get full, quality, no-cost help for under the broken for profit US health system. I am unable to find a career environment I’m able to work in prior to receiving care. I’ve now been unemployed 8+ yrs. with no aid in sight.

    Still, if I found that “primary” job, I could not write. The other authors without anxiety all stated they would work at home after their workday. Well, I HAVE to destress after working for 6-8 hours to allow myself to return to work the next day. Writing, while fun, is not enough of a destressor, and would still feel like work. Since I started my career working 8 years, 7 days a week, 10-24 hours a day, losing my 20′s entirely (for no reward, one company did not pay me owed money ruining my credit to this day), I can never return to working around the clock each day.

    I can’t change society to give me a workplace tolerant of my anxiety. I can’t live off the income of a published novel or three. This is where society makes your passions irrelevant. It’s so frustrating to be unable to do what you truly desire.

    (An aside- an “excuse” is based on fiction or lies. “I can’t find work due to my anxiety” is not an excuse. “The dog ate my homework” is an excuse- the dog didn’t really eat it. People are too quick to misuse “excuse” as a label.)

    • joel

      don’t give up buddy.

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  • princessarchie

    Hi Henri. All I can say is AMEN to all 11! Just wanted to share, I recently found my passion too. In writing. It’s so good to finally find your calling, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Anonymous

    Kitchen Cabinets according to Ms Julie Carlson “scandinavian name” editior in chief of remodelista.com , the same lady that blasted Home Depot for not being green but she use exclusively pencil made from cented cedar , the vast majority of the wood to make these very specific pencil come from old growth wood for the grain, so much for being green “a detail few people know” as an editor in chief I do expect her to be aware of that fact . Let’s talk about Her style , it is pure Scandinavian , nothing wrong per say but not much of a selection,they are the one that invented the floating floor so they could take it with them when moving , same for furnitures everything to be broken down flat .
    Average life of an Ikea kitcken , average life of a Kraftmaid/American woodmark /Thomasville/Martha Stewart kitchen 25 years , this equal 5 trips to the landfill not so green are we with Ikea ?
    All ingilterede dil egitimi             
    ingilterede ingilizce               
    ingilterede dil okullari            
    Londra dil okullari                 
    ingilterede sertifika programlari these cabinets have a lifetime warranty , and they honor it to , Ikea as long as you can see the tail light , when they change product doors are no longer available , their customer then go to home depot to order custom doors . :-} true .

  • Engryaseen323

    I have the same passion from age of 16 as you mentioned in step#8, i.e about reading books for personal development but i have to work different to live. I was thinking i should be a teacher but after reading your post i beleive at the age of 40 that teaching and delivering my thoughts is my will be my real goal.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Trinhthanhmai1701

    Thank Henri :d. Your writing really helps me. My favorit is the powerful question in number 7. It actually impressed me. I wonder about my future job so i find reponses for my passion, but i was wrong when putting money over all. Maybe now i passionate in painting and some bussiness. Thanks so much !

    • Chocolatewaterfalls

      I made a list of stuff that i have explored over the years after i quit my job and it amounted upto 35 things and yet, i feel so lost. Everything i take up, i do well at it but nothing excites me long enough to sustain it..nothing that i can picture doing for a lifetime. am still very lost (though i do enjoy life and exploring) yet to find the one thing i can hold on to…very nice article though. will reflect more on this..

      • Vsgupte

        Well, I don’t think we hold onto anything for a lifetime.
        So maybe we need to ‘change’ our passion(s) once in a while.

        Humans were never meant to be stagnant, I guess.

  • Swapnil

    thanx man . you’r great. when i was on 4th step of this article i recollected my all memmories about what most excited me and i found there was only one answer “Astronomy” now i want to become astronomer n work for nasa. before reading this article i was so confused with my life.I’ve wasted many years of my life to find purpose, goals now im very excited to live my life. now im just feeling great n thankful for this life. GOD BLESS YOU.

  • hastanebul

    My life is not over. Not sure if jigolo this would be a drama or a comedy.  . . .
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  • Angela Robinson

    Thank you for such an insightful article.  My question is what if your passion is something that you can’t do anything with.  Example, Castles have been my love even as a little girl, I can read, research, talk about them all day, but what do I do with that.  I also love animals they always bring a smile to my face and I am comfortable with them.  I guess I am just trying to understand how to put it together. Thank you.

    • Jada

      eating, writing, the galaxy, stars and planets, drawing, dancing, walking through the busy cities at night and observing different people doing different things….these are all my passion. but what on earth can i do with those? i get you, i get you so much……

      • friend

        do all of them… see which one you do more often..

  • http://twitter.com/BrisRocket Andrew Newey

     Good amalgamation of truths here. Passion helps drive people and without drive our lives are meaningless. I envy the passionate people – whether they be people slave tirelessly to good purposes or to destructive ends. All they have to do is refine their direction and they will be great achievers. Passion is what most people lack, not skill or desire.

  • Dumervild

    great article. well put. thank you!

  • Nitin R.

    Hey Henri, don’t know if it’s too late to be writing this, but the point you made in 8. really got me thinking.  Like you, I love reading spiritual/self-help materials and am also very into business and strategies.  I’d say the one big difference is that unlike you, I’m not an avid/passionate writer but that said, I’m also quite a good writer.  Lastly, I’m into fitness and reading about fitness.  Anyway, all of that got me thinking that maybe I could combine my interest in personal development/business/fitness into a more congruent theme and do something similar to what you are doing.  Thanks for getting me on this track!  I checked your website and there’s some great info there.  I sent a few people to your website and they love it!  One of them wants to work with you via the mentorship program!

  • opeyemi

    Bright insight Henri..can i contact you

  • keke

    I hear everyone and trust me I know all these and you all make it sound so easy and its not, I am still lost, I still don’t know what my passion is and I don’t like feeling this way

  • Nurona Azizah

    i am studying nursing, taking master in biomedical sc. i am interesting in biomecl sc, but somthing unknown happen in my mind and make me stress, that i am afraid i cant be success here, this aint my real passion, i hate to be an average, feeling lazy, stress so much in this recently time and i have no idea what my real passion is. Im from indonesia w english as 2nd language n most my friends ask me to translate from indonesia to english, thought me as a master or english while i am not, i like to talk, like to write (some like my writings). i could spend a day just to make a raw novel. i like imagination. and i think most of my life isnt dominantly science. I am good criticizer. Love politic too. See? my biomedical or nursing arent dominant at all. i am so random one, really stress because i just wanna know what is my special gift given by God? and after i wrote this long comments, unfortunately my mind said “your talent in linguistic. you love chinese, french and so on” but i love dna, germ, and so on. God please help me. and why i could be lazy if im interest? (from a stress girl, 24 yo)

  • S.R

    Hey, from my childhood i want to be a confident lady with mind blowing speaking skills,. :( but now i am still working only for my livening. i am not interested in my job. I am not enjoying my life even always i am in depression that i am not doing anything what i want? i want my self and my dream for my life. ??????