Be honest with yourself. Are you in love with your life? Are you doing work that excites you or living passionately with an amazing hobby, volunteer endeavor, or side gig?
If you answered no, you’re not unlike most people. The majority of people aren’t living passionate lives. They’re living lives of quiet desperation, following the same old routines and accepting the status quo.
It takes courage and confidence to admit your life isn’t as fulfilling as you want it to be, and even more courage to actually do something about it. Finding your life passion can be a daunting task.
Most of us have no idea how to begin, and even those who do undertake the journey are often too fearful to make the necessary life changes once they find their passion. We face a litany of “what ifs” when we seek our life’s calling.
- What if I can’t afford it?
- What if my family rejects me?
- What if it’s not really my passion?
- What if I fail and lose everything?
- What if I can’t make it happen?
But what if finding your passion improved your mental health and self-confidence? What if simply searching for your passion made you happier and more fulfilled in life?
Here are ten ways pursuing your passion will improve your confidence:
1. Gaining self-awareness
The process of finding your passion involves a lot of detective work. You need to investigate yourself, learning everything you can about your personality, intelligence type, deepest desires, and most fulfilling aptitudes. You’ll dig deep to uncover parts of yourself you may never have examined before. This process is healing and enlightening as you get to know your authentic self, the one behind the person you’ve been presenting to the world for so long.
2. Getting clarity on your values
One of the most vital exercises in uncovering your passion is clarifying your core values. These values are the framework for your life priorities. So many of us make critical life choices based on whims and outside influences, which leads to unhappiness and inner turmoil. Living in alignment with your values affords peace of mind and self-assurance. Here’s a list of 400 value words to help you define your core values.
3. Reframing failure
One reason people are afraid to pursue their passion is because they fear failure. But as you seek your passion, you learn to embrace failure as a valuable part of success. Failure teaches you what you don’t want and what doesn’t work, so you can move on to what really lights your fire. Reframing failure an emotionally mature decision.
4. Overcoming limiting beliefs
Finding your passion requires you to address and push past the negative beliefs and fears that tether you to the status quo. In order to open your mind and take action on your passion, you must challenge these limiting thoughts. In doing so, you empower yourself and expand your opportunities for passionate living.
5. Creating personal boundaries
We often abandon our passions because we don’t want to offend someone else or make waves in our relationships. We allow other people to decide what’s best for our lives. When you seek your passion, you realize you must follow your own path and create boundaries that others can no longer cross.
6. Simplifying everything
You won’t have the time or energy to pursue your passion if your life is cluttered with too many obligations, tasks, and material things. Making space for your passion requires simplifying your life in all regards. And simplifying affords a sense of calm and lightness.
7. Defining financial freedom
When you know your life priorities, you core values, and your passion, you create a new definition of financial freedom. You don’t need more and more money to feel secure and happy. You need enough to create the passionate life you design for yourself.
8. Embracing uncertainty
Finding your passion requires you to take risks. You have to step into the unknown and live with the tension of not having a guarantee of the outcome. It’s only through embracing uncertainty and taking calculated risks that we grow and expand our opportunities. Over time, you get more and more comfortable with uncertainty.
9. Enjoying experimentation
The path to your life passion isn’t linear. You’ll need to explore and experiment with many options before you settle on your passion. Some might view this as a waste of time, but exploration can be immensely satisfying and enjoyable if you view it as an important part of the journey.
10. Expanding your connections
As you explore options for your life passion, you’ll encounter like-minded, passionate people who share your enthusiasm and engagement. They can serve as mentors, supporters, and partners on the journey. These connections boost your confidence and expand your creativity.
The process of uncovering your life passion has many benefits. Not only will you create a fulfilling new life for yourself, but also you’ll become a more self-confident, evolved, and self-aware person. Undertaking the journey to find your passion could well be the most important adventure of your life.
Barrie Davenport is a certified life passion coach, a Kindle author, and founder of the award-winning sites Live Bold and Bloom and Barrie Davenport.com. She’s just released her new Kindle book Building Confidence: Get Motivated, Overcome Social Fear, Be Assertive, and Empower Your Life for Success.
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