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In my work helping people create careers that energize and inspire them, I've come up with a simple definition for passion:
Passion is the energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do.
Simply put, it's being who you are and doing what comes naturally. When what you do is in alignment with who you are, you get energy from doing it. It's like water flowing along its natural riverbed. It actually gains energy from the path it's taking (compare that to what most people experience in their work, which is more like trying to force it up and over a mountain).
How do you consciously, consistently bring more of YOU into what you do?
One simple approach that is at the heart of my process is to go beyond what you love and ask why you love it. Do some reverse engineering to identify the underlying characteristics that tend to be in place when you're on fire.
Gathering the resulting insights in one place gives you a passion-focused decision tool. Think of it as an internal compass that takes the heart-based passion decision and puts it in the realm that the analytical mind can understand as well.
It takes the guesswork out of the process and lets you make a more concrete evaluation. For example, you can look at a potential job and ask, “How well does this align with these underlying characteristics?” You can do the same with any choice you make. Simply ask the question, “Will this bring me closer to alignment with what energizes me, or farther away?”
If you want to dig into this approach more deeply, check out my e-book, The Occupational Adventure Guide. In it, you will find a step-by-step process to help you identify what lights you up, generate ideas for potential career paths, evaluate those paths and choose one, and make it happen.
And if you want to go deeper still, check out my Passion Catalyst coaching services.
Best of luck!