Sometimes, figuring out how to find your passion in life can feel like an incredible challenge. And it’s a challenge that’s often made worse when those around you seem to be living their passion every day. If the question ‘what is my passion?’ runs through your head at least once a day, this article is for you. We’ve put together the hands-down best way to find that thing you’re been looking for (spoiler: you’ve been making it much harder than it needs to be). So… here’s our ‘how to find your passion’ test.
How to find your passion in 3 steps
It’s sometimes said that some people don’t have any passions.
We believe that everyone has at least one passion, but some people can’t see theirs – even though it’s usually staring them in the face.
Because they fall into the common trap of having an overly romanticised vision of what their passion should look and feel like.
They think their passion must be something:
- they’re naturally amazing at
- they will want to do all day every day
- glamorous or exciting
- that pays well
- very different to what you’re already doing
This is rarely the case.
A person’s passion is something that makes them feel happy, inspired and interested. Nothing more.
There’s no guarantee you won’t suck at it, it’ll be glamorous or you’ll be obsessed with doing it all day every day. So before you read any further, take a second to be honest with yourself. Are your expectations of your passion rose-tinted? If so, keep that in mind and approach the steps below with an open mind. If you don’t, you’ll get to the end of this test and dismiss your true passion simply because it doesn’t fit the fairytale you’ve bought into.
Warning over… now on to the ‘how to find your passion’ test.
Passion test: Step 1
Grab a pen and piece of paper and write down the first answers that pop into your head as you read the following questions.
- What do you love doing?
- What activities make time fly?
- If you won £100 billion and never had to worry about money again, how would you pass your time every day?
- What topic do you get fired up about and can talk endlessly about?
Got some answers?
Now pick the 10 answers that resonate with you the most.
Passion test: Step 2
Next, focus on the feelings that make you feel on top of the world. For example, feeling like you’re really good at doing something, feeling like you’re making a difference, feeling like you’re totally free, feeling completely accepted and like you can be yourself, or feeling recognised for doing a good job.
Write down the feelings that come to mind, then pick the 5 feelings on that list that are most important to you.
Passion test: Step 3
Take both lists and merge them to make one long list, numbered one to 15.
Now it’s time to play a round-robin-style game.
Begin by looking at the answer at the top of your list and compare it to the one listed as number two. If you could only have one of these in your ideal life, which would you choose?
Put the loser to one side for now and move on. Pit the winner against number three on the list. Once again, ask yourself which of the two answers you would choose if you could only have one in your life. Put the loser to one side and move on to compare the winner to number four on the list. Rinse and repeat until you reach number 15.
What came out on top?
Drumroll… that’s your top passion in life right now.
Want to know what your other top passions are? Simply repeat the process again with the other 14 passions to reveal your second most important passion.
Then repeat the process again with the 13 passions left on your list to discover your third most important passion.
So, now you have your top three passions staring at you in black and white, how do you feel?
If you were really honest when compiling your initial list of 10 things and five feelings you love having in your life, the three passions this test revealed should feel like a homecoming – things you already knew were of interest to you, but you may never have considered a passion because they felt too obvious, unrealistic or things you can’t make money out of.
But as we said earlier, these misconceptions are the things that have been stopping you from finding your passion.
So, you now know what your top passions are. What are you going to do?
And if you’re still feeling unsure after taking this find your passion test, it’s worth getting more clarity on what makes you feel purposeful and then repeating this test. Get started by reading this article on how to discover your purpose in life.