Seven Things to Think About When it Comes to . . . Creating a Strategic Plan to Do What You Love and Finding Your Purpose.
As children we need structure and consistency, as adults we crave meaning and purpose. Finding ways to happily explore and find your purpose is possible with a great plan. Here are seven steps to help you create a concrete strategy to do more of what you love, make a positive impact on others, and perhaps find your purpose along the way.
1. Identify Your Possible Passion(s): What do you do naturally? How do you spend your spare time? What do your friends and family ask your opinion about or to assist them with?
Your greatest passion may be something that you’ve loved and done since childhood. Ask yourself these and similar questions, and then select one or two possible passions you want to explore.
2. Apply the Passion vs. Interest Test:
If you answer “yes” to all three of the following questions, then it’s a passion worth pursuing. (1) Is the passion who and what you are?
Does it play to your strengths and natural abilities? (2)When was the last time you did it?
If you say your possible passion is something you haven’t done in 10 years, chances are it’s an interest or hobby and not a core passion. (3) Do you/would you do “it” if given the opportunity, even if you were not paid to do so?
Remember passions are things we enjoy and do already whether we are paid for it or not.
3. Apply the Willingness Test:
Many people want a career lifestyle that allows them to do what they love. However, most individuals aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices to make it happen. Once you’ve pin-pointed the passion(s) you want to explore, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are now
ready to do what’s required. (1)What’s the biggest change you are willing to make to pursue/cultivate the career lifestyle you want?
Are you will to quit your job, work a part-time gig (or two), move back home or get roommates to save money? Be specific about the many changes you will need to make to pursue your goals. (2) What do you need to change about what you think, feel, and believe?
Perhaps you need to re-think how you define success and failure, your view of a particular line of work or your professional strengths and weaknesses.