Let’s talk about your “Why”. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a quick introduction. Your “why” is the reason you do what you do. It’s the reason you get out of bed in the morning and continue to work in a job you don’t love. Your “why” could be your kids, your spouse, or that dream of owning a home in the country. It could be being able to travel the world, or filling your craft room with supplies for future projects. We all have reasons that motivate us to do the things we have to do. If we can figure out what makes us tick and what motivates us, it becomes easier to zero in on what we’re truly passionate about.
Think about what’s important to you. Think about why you’re currently doing the things you do that aren’t your favorite. Why are you holding down that job? Why are you getting out of bed in the morning? Why are you considering going back to school for a degree? Make a list of things and you’ll start to see what your big motivators are.
Maybe it’s your family and your children. Wanting to raise them well and being a good role model can be a huge motivator and an excellent “why”. Maybe it’s being able to help a particular group of people. Your reason for going to medical school may be to look for a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Your reason for choosing to work in social services may be to keep children out of abused homes.
Once you know what’s causing you to take action and start to make a difference (in other words your “why”), you know what your passion is. Think of your passion as the thing or idea that encompasses your “why”. Passion is bigger and more expansive than the thing that motivates us to do something. Passion is longer lasting. It’s a feeling, and emotion, and a drive that spurs us into action. Once you know your why, you know your passion.
From there it’s simply a matter of reminding yourself of your reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. This will insure that your passion project is always front and center of your mind. It doesn’t have to be your job. It doesn’t have to be your main occupation, or even take up a lot of your time each week. It should however become one of your priorities so you can make sure you dedicate some time and attention to it regularly.
Tapping into your passion and working on or towards your “why” is a wonderful state of mind to be in. Make it a goal to spend more time each week on what you’re passionate about. It is incredibly rewarding. You’ll feel better about yourself. You’ll have more fun. Your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth get a big boost. As a bonus, you’ll make a difference in the lives of others and that just plain feels good. Try it. Embrace that passion project and see for yourself.