Ignite Your Passion

Are you feeling stuck and you don’t know what the next step is for you? Ever wonder if it’s too late for you to pursue a new passion in life?

Do you feel like you don’t know what you are doing with your life because it seems that your peers already know what path they are taking? 

Remember that you are not the only one who feels a little bit lost. Sometimes it’s good to stray from your original path because you get to explore other opportunities.

Here are some fresh takes on how you can ignite your passion. 

Comparison is the thief of joy… and your passion

When you scroll through your social media, it can be difficult to not compare your achievements with your peers. Get away from this mindset and remind yourself that on social media you only see the tip of the iceberg. Instead of comparing yourself to others, use their achievements as motivation to push you through and find what you want to accomplish in life. Maybe someone’s achievement can direct you to what your true passion is.

Take a pause and don’t rush

Take your time in finding what you want to do with your life. There is no need to rush. Finding your passion is not a race. Some people don’t find their passion until they are in their 60s! I know it can be hard to not be anxious about not knowing what to do with your life. Enjoy the process, and you’ll eventually get where you want to be. 

Find what sparks joy in your life

Remember when Marie Kondo said to keep the things that spark joy in your life? Whatever it is that makes you happy, whether it’s an event or topic, take note of it. Your passion should light up that joy inside you and make you feel happy. It should be something that you enjoy doing. Doing what you have a passion for brings out your best, and this leads to greatness. 

There is a difference between passion and profession

One of the biggest mistakes that most people make is not knowing the difference between what their passion is and their profession, and they wonder why they burn out so fast. You are not alone in this dilemma. Many people turn their passions into a profession. This can seem confusing on the surface.

A profession is something driven by monetary gain or achievements. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something that will take the joy out of you if you fail to reach your goal. Profession relies more on someone’s skill and desire for progression towards excellence.

Passion is something that you do regardless of the outcome. Your passion is something that you do for yourself and not for the validation of others. You don’t need anyone’s praise when you do things that you are passionate about. You pursue your passion whether you are good or bad. You do it simply because you feel joy, and it makes you feel alive.

There is a good quote by Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

The magic happens, when your passion combines with your profession.

If somehow, life has pushed you in another direction away from your original dreams and goals, don’t give yourself a hard time if you don’t have it all figured out. Don’t worry about having all the answers—just thinking about it is a good start. The journey is just as important as the destination.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.