“I don’t know what to do with my life”: 15 questions to help find your passion
I guess at some point in time its a question most of us ask ourselves.
What do I do now? What do I do with my life?
I believe we can help with this by asking questions to find your fire or to relight it.
See, digital marketing often helps people with their path in business which sometimes coincides with their life. During this phase, a lot can be learnt about people and their choices. After a while it becomes noticeable that its through your passion(s) that you find a fulfilled life, a purposeful one.
By going through the following questions you will hopefully have a better understanding of where your own passions lie. I do believe that if you follow your passions you will live a life with more purpose, this usually breeds confidence and rids you of the thoughts stated in the headline.
That being said, any path you choose to take is bound to come with trials and tribulations, this is life BUT wouldn’t you rather go through those trials for something worthwhile?
It was Elbert Hubbard that coined the term “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” an American writer who truly envisaged what it means to look on the brighter side of life when things get rough, with that one sentence.
It’s probably worth remembering.
Take your time
- When you were a kid what did you love doing?
- Who did you hang around with the most as a kid?
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
- When you were at school, what were your favourite subjects?
- At school did you do any extra curricular activities e.g. music, gym or a language class etc?
- What games did you like the most at school?
- What does your book, film and music collection look like?
- What was the last thing that got you into a flow state? (Where it seems like time flies)
- What else got you into a flow state?
- What causes emotional reactions in you the most?
- What is your most used emotion?
- Why do you think this is your most used emotion?
- What do you love to talk or teach about?
- If you had a week with unlimited money, what would be the first things you do?
- Who would it be with?
Once you have a general understanding from your answers above, what would you say are the most relevant skills you need to acquire to achieve your first step?
Do not let fear hold you back from trying something new. The older I get and the more people I meet, I realise that nobody really knows what they’re doing… hear me out. Yes you know how to do your job and drive a car and survive but when it comes to pushing boundaries within yourself, getting out of the comfort zone, that’s when people tend to learn and push their own limits. We’re all oblivious to the after-effects beforehand right?
Here I’ll give you an example. The gym. I am an avid gym goer, when you first start working out you wont see much difference until at least a few months in (this is part of the reason why so many people quit after January) when you push through that barrier with consistency and determination you start to see your dues. This is when people really fall in love with the gym, the results are visible, when people see results of their performances they find it easier to fall in love with that particular activity.
Untapped passion can come from something unexpected you just need to give it some time. When the passion does show itself you can start to realise a few things from your childhood that coincides with your “newly” found passion or should I say rediscovered.
Even if you briefly went through the points above, did anything jump out at you or does it remind you of something you used to do that you were happy doing? If so, I am not saying that is your calling but maybe it is a good start and starting something now is better than not starting anything later. We recently shared a blog on Why start with why, which may clarify why this is important, check it out here.
At the very least the questions above can help you understand yourself a little more. You may revisit a plethora of emotions going through them, especially if you really go through them. That’s a good thing, use your emotions to your advantage as tools for your source of power rather than looking at it as a weakness. You never know, these questions may help you fulfil your dreams.
If you do happen to start something for yourself, congratulations. We’re here to help with your online marketing plan, websites and branding if needed.