A new year revolution, finding your passion

The New Year is a great time to start something new… not so much a ‘new year resolution’ (which tends to be about improving something you are dissatisfied with) but more a new year revolution. Overthrowing the old to make room for something new.

As a coach I spend much of my time helping people decide what they want to do with their life. They have the idea that they will find their passion in life through thinking or talking about it, and sometimes it does happen that way, but more often than not finding your passion comes when you spend some time playing with something which is in the area of what you love.

Jamie Catto says that we can’t always wait for the ‘trumpet of inspiration’ and that just beginning is the secret to finding your passion. In short, passion can grow out of action once you get started.

It all sounds easy, right? Wrong! Because in order for your passion to come through you have to surrender the usual ego-mind that solves your daily problems. This part of your mind has to take a back-seat when you take creative action. If it doesn’t you will find that the usual mind chatter about not ‘being good enough’ will easily sabotage you getting started.

So this new year rather than focus on what you want to improve, start by putting some time aside to play. Paint one small picture. Set up one meeting with someone you’d like to collaborate with and brainstorm over coffee. Just…one…thing. We don’t discover our passion all at once in one giant leap, we take the next step, then the next and then the next, and it either leads to us discovering our passion, or it doesn’t. There are no guarantees, but there is a whole lot of fun to be had finding out!

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