Apple Founder, Steve Jobs stated, “It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through..” What is your passion? Does passion even exist? These are all questions that are helpful and worth exploring. Therefore, the remainder of this post will discuss five strategies to help you identify your passion and turn that passion into a business opportunity.
1. Remember and identify.Okay, so Jobs noted that it is essential to have passion for starting, sustaining, and
prospering a business idea, problem, or solution. Well, what if you’re struggling with even identifying your passion or if that passion even exists in you? Fear not. I think we’ve all been there at one point or another that we feel lost, unsure, and unsatisfied with our current situation. Trying to get excited might seem harder to do because of the to-do list of all the other things that you need to do. Completing that to-do list may seem like the most passionate aspect of your career. This reminds me of that point in people’s lives, where people get too caught up in the doing that they forget about the living. People forget about the little or big things that created so much joy for them in the past because they’re too busy getting things done. According to Rob Levitt, a creativity expert, when people are unhappy, they need to revisit things that made them happy and excited as a kid. Often the things that we enjoyed so much as kids are precursors to “life callings”. You may chuckle when you think of “life callings”, but perhaps that chuckle is pent up frustrations toward not being your true self. Levitt suggests revisiting childhood favorites, such as food, events, and things that you enjoyed. Next, evaluate how those things could be a career or business opportunities.
2. Visualize. So, you’ve got the remembrance juices flowing. You may even be smiling a little more thinking about all of the things that you enjoyed doing as a kid. Now, think about how those activities could become a business opportunity. Think about how you could share that love, passion and excitement with others. Think about how that would feel to do what you love every day. In essence, think of that humble connection between what could be your reality and the overused quote “love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life,”. Imagine what it would be to live that life. I bet you’re smiling. I’m smiling just thinking about it. A strategy that you can use is the art of visualization. Visualization allows you to connect your thoughts and emotions with specific things that you want to achieve. You could create a vision board to aid you connecting whatever it is that you would like to achieve and help you see you passion. The idea is that through visualization and emotion you supercharge your mindset.
3. Get over the fear. Quit your moaning. You’ve got this. You’ve already moved mountains remembering, identifying, and visualizing what you want, and now you need to do something with it. You should be excited that you can do something. If you’re feeling stuck at this point, you may want to uncover some of your trigger points or fears that are standing in the way of doing something. This identification can help you to learn more about yourself and can also help you to create a strategy for overcoming such fears. Thich Nhat Hahn stated, “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” What is more silly – letting fear stop you from living your passion or you letting fear have control to stop you? Fear is manifested by you. You created it. You can destroy it. So, this strategy is designed to identify fear based roadblock, identify your actions needed to overcome it, and do it. Do it with such power and grace that you feel like a Spartan kicking ass and taking names – this is your life. Live it.
4. Take ownership. No, seriously. Taking ownership is a strategy for moving forward. You need to take ownership for you actions and inactions. If you don’t like something change it. You can. If you’re worried about time, money, failures, or whatever self-manifested fear that you have created – own it. Use that fear to move you. Move you to greatness, action, and living the life you deserve doing the things you love. Otherwise, you’ll end being something else for someone who is living their passion, except that it’s not yours, and you don’t enjoy it. Lame. Take ownership. Right now. Also, be proud of your ownership. Most people like to point fingers or play the blame game. You’re better than that; I’m better than that. So, take that lovely energy and rock out your heart desires. You know that inner child is gleaming and cheering you on for great things. Take ownership, set you intentions, and create your actions.
5. Do it. Yep, the magic happens with action. You need to have clear intentions of what you want, and you need action to make it happen. Make it rain. Make your life the best life ever. Why be stuck doing anything less. Seriously, if your situation, job, or whatever is making you unhappy get rid of it and replace it with what makes you happy. Do what you love. Find a way to monetize it. Monetize it. Rock it out and adapt to whatever it is that you want to achieve.
We all have that one thing that instantly makes us smile. That one thing that we simply love to do. That one thing that could truly become a part of our life as a career or business. However, most don’t go after it. They settle. Don’t settle. Find it, monetize it, make it your thing, and make a career or business out of it. The world needs more people that do act upon their passions because that passion will create passions for others.
by Katie Doseck, PhD MBA
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC