Once people discover their passion, they may be under the misconception that it must be separate from their actual work. Not true! There are many ways in which the two can work together to create a meaningful and fulfilling life for you. Here are some ideas of how to easily align your work and passion:
Change Your Mindset
The first step is to get out of the mindset that your work and passion must be separate. Once you embrace the idea that the two can (and should) work together, you’ll be well on your way. You must also open your eyes to find passion where you currently are. If you think your work is just a paycheck, then that’s all it will ever be. Once you open your mind, you can also open up a world of possibilities.
Take Part in Skills-Based Volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to align your work and passion. Perhaps you’re a finance professional who genuinely enjoys coaching people on how to better budget their money because it can help them live a better life. You get joy out of a skill that you have.
There are many non-profits that can use your expertise to help their clients. This skills-based volunteering is a win-win for everyone involved; using your skills to help others will leave you also feeling good about yourself.
If you’re local to Orange County, check out the skills-based volunteering program offered by OneOC.
Examine Your Work Experiences
Look back to all of the jobs you had. Which one or ones left you feeling motivated, fulfilled, challenged, and passionate? Why did you stop doing those things? Try to get back to the work that brought you joy. This is how you can work to align your work and passion.
Learn More About Your Work
For some people who can’t seem to find their passion in their current work, they may need to explore it more. Look at the different facets of your job, and you may find something you never saw before. This can help to align your work and passion. You were drawn to this job for a reason, right? Hopefully, this reason was passion-driven. By taking the time to explore your job more, you may be able to find a more deep-rooted passion for it.
Look at What You Loved to do as a Child
Many times, we can find real authenticity in what we love to do when we look back at what we did as a child. These activities came naturally to us because we loved to do them. Perhaps you loved to draw or play an instrument, or maybe even write short stories. Why can’t you turn these true passions into a career of being a music instructor, art teacher, or writer? The answer is you can if you only allow yourself to.
Once you’re able to align your work and passion, you’ll wake up invigorated in the morning and excited about the day ahead. Since you love what you’re doing, you’ll look forward to waking up and making your mark on the world. If you’re not familiar with my own story about how I woke up to my life’s passion, check it out at this link.