“Passion is a heartfelt energy that flows through us, not from us.”—John M. Murphy
We all want to find that passion that fuels the fire within us. Finding your passion is a journey and can evolve overtime. I am fortunate to find my passion at a young age and I hope these steps will help you find yours.
After weeks of reflecting, I came to the realization that softball may have been my passion as a young adult; however, it has been evolving into something deeper as I grow older. I believe softball has molded my passion in helping others find their fullest potential in life. I found comfort in this when I finally found the missing link and I am on a mission to make a difference in other’s lives even if it is just one person.
Defining my values was key in finding my passion.
Now, what does values have anything to do with passion?
Values are what you think are important in work and life. They determine your priorities and happiness. Your values are the ingredients to your passion. Here’s an example, let’s say one of your values is family; therefore, you would want to find a career that does not mandate 80 hr+ work week. From there you dig deeper and analyze why family is so important to you. This will lead you to your life passion.
After completing the values exercise, my main value is integrity. This came to no surprise to me because I have always worked hard, but didn’t need any recognition. I went back to reflect upon this outcome to connect the dots to the bigger picture, my passion. Looking back to my sport career, my main goal was not to be the MVP, but for all my teammates to succeed so we all win. To me this translated into, I would rather watch others succeed and having the team benefit than succeeding alone.
We all have values, but some of us don’t know what they are.
I encourage you to find your core values and begin living your life by what is important to you. You can find the values exercise that I completed on the website www.developingleaders.co.