5 Ways to Discover Your Passion and Live the Life You Were Destined to Live
Living your Passion
Do you ever feel like you are living a life of lack? Like your day to day existence brings little joy and more pain and frustration? You only need to sit on an early morning train on a Monday to discover that the majority of the population are not living their lives to fullest. The majority of us are not actually being the best versions of ourselves. Discovering your passion and deciding to live a life you love can be challenging in a society with so many options, so many choices. A society wrought with stress and constant deadlines. People do not slow down enough to actually discover the fire within. What makes you tick? Why do you think you were placed on this Earth? What is your life's purpose? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself when discovering your passion.
Some people are lucky enough to discover their passion at an early age. However, for those of us who coast along, ending up in a job we despise, paying a mortgage that makes us feel trapped, living our lives to wake up, go to work and pay bills. Finding that thing that makes the heart sing, and the soul light up can be tricky. Especially if you are not accustomed to thinking outside the box. Especially if you have always given into your fears and never truly challenged yourself. It will never be easy, but it will be worth it. You were placed on this planet to live an abundant, fruitful life of purpose. You will not placed on this planet to be miserable, fed up, stressed out, living paycheck to paycheck.
In this article YOU will learn 5 challenging, notice I said challenging and not simple ways. Because nothing that is worth it will ever come easy. So, you will learn 5 challenging ways to discover your passion and live the life you were destined to live.
How to Create Your Reality
In a fast paced society where most people run a million miles an hour on a daily basis, it can be difficult to actually slow down. However, if you are serious about finding your passion and living the life that you deserve. It is vital that you take the time to actually slow down, listen to your inner voice and slow down. It might not be possible to slow everything in your life down at once, with school runs and housework to get done etc. It can be tricky to just stop and slow everything down however, here are a few things you can do to start the process.
Go to bed early and wake up early. This might sound extremely simple however, if you make a conscious effort to shut everything down early in order to give your body the rest that it needs. It allows you to wake up earlier. Waking up earlier provides you with an opportunity to meditate or sit quietly and think without disturbance. Most people do not wake up at 5 am, so this is a perfect time to sit down, be still and allow yourself to listen to your inner voice. This is where you will find answers to burning questions. When you wake up early, you can use this opportunity to read, meditate, exercise and even listen to soft music to help quieten the mind.
Clean the clutter. Cleaning the clutter does not only mean cleaning the clutter from your house. It also means cleaning the clutter from every aspect of your life. There may be certain friends you have, that do not provide you with the kind of positive motivation and friendship that you need. It is time to let these people go, friends who drain your energy and leave you feeling less than positive after you have spoken to them or spent time with them are probably not the kind of people you want in your life. Clearing the clutter gives you the space you need to focus and attract positive energy into your life. When you have too many friends, too many things around you, and just too much to think about, it is very difficult to slow down. So make an effort to clean up the clutter in order to give yourself the chance to slow down.
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Disconnect. With social media being so prevalent and so addictive for most people, it can be very difficult to just switch off and disconnect. However, this is vital if you wish to slow down and focus on living your passion and becoming the best version of yourself. Put the phone down, the iPad, switch off the laptop and the television and just be present. If your work involves using the Internet or using your phone, then make sure you have strict work hours, and stick to them. Do not make a habit of lying in bed scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. Switch off and read, or just remain quiet and focus on shutting down and resting the mind.
Appreciate nature. Get out there and take a walk in the park, experience nature and allow yourself to be one with nature. If you usually go to the gym, run outside for a change and take in the scenery. Taking time to experience nature can help to reduce stress levels, improve the mood, reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, helps to quieten the mind and gives you the chance to appreciate life. Allowing yourself the chance to appreciate life is vital when it comes to finding your passion. It helps you to realise that we have one life, so while we are here we need to live life to the best of our abilities. This means fulfilling your lifes purpose.
Focus. Find focus by focusing on one thing at a time. This is the total opposite of multi-tasking. Instead of focusing on a million tasks at a time, pick one task and focus on that and carry out that task to the best of your ability. Then you can move on to the next task, this allows you to slow down and get the task done without stressing about all the other tasks you need to get done at the same time.
Plan your days. When you plan your days, it allows you to focus on specific tasks at specific times. Therefore, eliminating the anxiety of having a number of things to do without having a definite plan of how, and when you are going to get those things done. Some people think that planning your day can actually cause anxiety because looking at the list can make one feel anxious and overhwhelmed. Howver, I believe the opposite to be true because when you have a well thought out plan, you can focus on each task at a specific time. Allowing you to carry out tasks effectively and efficiently. Therefore, giving you more time in the day to be present with yourself and focus on other tasks that pertain to you discovering your passion.
Prioritise. Sometimes we find ourselves running around carrying out tasks that are really not that important. Therefore, in order to allow yourself to slow down you need to identify the tasks that are most important and focus on those. Do not focus on tasks that carry little or no significance. This is not rocket science however, it is easy to get caught up in a long list of things to do that are really not so important. Reduce your things to do list drastically and only place the vital tasks on the to do list for any given day. This will allow you to slow down because you will have less things to do.
If you are struggling to actually discover your passion and live the life you love. Then start writing! You do not have to be an award winning author to start writing. Get a notepad, a journal and write down everything you need to do to start living your passion. It can be overwhelming at first but once you start writing things down things will become much clearer. Here are a few things you could write down to make it easier for you to discover your passion.
Write down 5 things that you think you are really good at. It doesn't have to be 5, it could be less than this. Just write down something, then write down which of those things makes you feel really happy. Which of those things makes your heart sing? Which of those things just makes you feel moderatly happy? Which of those things doesn't really evoke any kind of positive emotion? Do you think you could actually live the rest of your life doing this particular thing on a day to day basis?
Write down a list of people who are thriving doing the thing that makes you extrememly happy. Pick one of those people and do as much research about that person as possible. How did they manage to live a life of abundance doing the very thing they adored? Assess their attitude, their behaviour, the people they have around them. Write down some of their traits and see if you have similar traits.
Write down a list of things you love about yourself and things that you would possibly like to change. Assses the list and start to think of ways you could improve in the areas you want to improve.
Write down your thoughts and feelings about everything in your life at the moment. Be brutally honest with yourself. Do not hold back, do not lie to yourself just tell the truth. If there are things, people and relationships that you feel no longer serve you. It is time to let those things go. Get rid of them, move on and remember your happiness is the most important thing.
Write down what you want your life to look like. This is vital, be very specific about the kind of life you want. Be very very specific, do not leave anything out. If you want to work from your computer writing poetry on the beach every day, living in a beach house overlooking the ocean in California then write that down. If you want to sell oranges on the side of the road in Thailand and live in a hut in Chiang Mai, then write that down. It is so important for you to write down a clear vision of how you would like your life to be. If you have no clear idea of what you want, how are you going to start working towards it? You can also create a vision board. Vision boards are perfect for actually visualising what you want, they allow you to wake up every day and actually see, and focus on what you want your life to look like. Create one! Take a look at the video below, it explains exactly how to create an effective vision board. Why not get started on one today?
How To Create a Vision Board
Eliminate Negative Thinking
How are you supposed to discover your passion and live your lifes purpose if you have a negative mindset? You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind therefore, it is important for you to eliminate negative thought patterns. Today is the day you start shifting your thinking from negative to positive. Here are a few steps you can take to help you to eliminate negative thinking and start thinking positive in order to change your life for the better.
Change your Diet
In order to eradicate negative thought patterns, it is vital that you change your diet. I am not necessarily talking about changing the food you consume here. Although, eliminating unhealthy foods can only have a positive effect on the mind. I am talking about modifying the diet for the mind and for the spirit. Thinking positive is always going to be difficult if you feed your mind with negative imagery. If you feed your mind with negative music, negative literature and negative television programmes. You need to either greatly reduce, or eliminate altogether all of the above. It can be difficult in the age of the information super highway where negative imagery is thrown at us every day. However, it is possible to feed your mind and spirit with less negative and more positive imagery on a daily basis.
Take a look at the books you have in your house. Get rid of the books with negative imagery and place on display, on a bookshelf the books with positive content and or imagery.
Make a list of the television programmes that you watch. You will find that a lot of the programmes on television contain negative messages. If you find it difficult to eliminate these programmes completely, then try your best to greatly reduce them.
Cut contact with friends who are constantly negative.
Look at your playlist and try to add more music with positive messages.
Another thing you can do to help to eliminate negative thinking is to replace the negative phrases in your mind with positive phrases. For example, 'I am not good enough' can be replaced with 'I am good enough and I can do anything I put my mind to'. You might not actually believe it but if you keep saying it to yourself it will become a habit.
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More Ways to Eliminate Negative Thinking
Write it Down!
Write down a list of negative thought patterns you have on a day to day basis. Then write down the opposite of those negative thought patterns. Dispose of the paper with the negative thought patterns on it and keep the paper with positive thought patterns on it. Stick the positive paper on the wall, or somewhere you can see it. Also, copy it into your phone or on another smaller piece of paper and keep it with you everywhere you go.
How do you react when something negative happens in your life? Do you immedietly freak out and start thinking of all the negative things in the world? Or do you look at things from an optimistic standpoint? If you find it difficult to see the silver lining in every cloud then here is what you do. Write it down, once again writing things down can really help to clarify things in your mind, it allows you to process emotions easier in order for you to look at it from a different perspective. So when something happens that might appear seemingly negative. Write down all of the possible positive outcomes of that particular situation. For example, you have just lost your job but you actually didn't like the job anyway. A positive person will look at the situation realise that the job was holding them back anyway. Now they have the opportunity to pursue their life's purpose.
Whereas a negative person would think about all the negative ways losing their job is going to affect their life. For example, there are bills to pay, no money equals no money to pay bills. Therefore, I am going to get into debt, I could lose my home etc etc.
So, when something negative happens just write down all the positive outcomes and forget about the negative things. Just focus on the positives, you essentially need to have laser like focus when you are trying to eliminate negative thinking because the minute you start thinking with a negative mindset again, you could effectively get back into the habit of thinking that way.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
When you surround yourself with positive people, you will start thinking the way they think without even thinking about it. However, if you constantly surround yourself with people who are always complaining, never doing anything to achieve their goals, never doing anything to try to change their current situation. These people will suck the life out of you, drain you and make you feel just as miserable as they are. Remember the saying, misery loves company? Well it is true, as soon as you start achieving your goals and living the life you were destined for, you will not see those negative friends for dust, mark it on the wall!
So, now that you have started to shift your mindset from negative to positive. You can start to use that positive mind to actually begin living the life you want to live. When you clear your mind of negative chatter, your mind is able to focus on a bigger and brighter future.
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Overcome Fear & Take Action
In order to discover your passion and live the life that you were destined to live, you have to ovecome fear. Overcoming fear means jumping outside of your comfort zone and doing things that you really might not want to do, because you are so scared of doing them. However, once you actually push past that fear and do it, you give yourself the room to grow and learn. If you have no idea what your passion is, you have to get out there and experience life in order to discover it. If you live in constant fear, this will never be possible. So write down a list of 5 things you are scared of doing and just get out there and do them. Overcome your fears and embrace life!
If you have an idea of what your passion is, it is now time for you to take action. By now you have probably written down a list of goals and a list of things you are good at, and things you love doing. You probably have some idea of what your passion is however, if you don't have any idea at this stage. Get out there and take action, this is the time for you to start doing and stop thinking about all the reasons why you shouldn't be doing. Just do! People who live life abundantly and follow their dreams and live their passions, don't just talk about it. They take action and they do something about it!
Follow some of the above tips, think, write, and take action. Be the best version of yourself and live life to the fullest!