The pandemic opened a lot of eyes, didn’t it? Our experience with isolation forced us to consider that deep inside we have a heartfelt desire for our contributions to matter. After this tumultuous trial, some of us won’t be satisfied until we recognize and manifest our passion.
Perhaps you feel that urgency too. The truth is, we need something to live on, but we also need something to live for. When we live and work with no passion, the universe has a harder time of manifesting our dreams.
But “finding my passion” can feel like a huge undertaking. We constantly question ourselves saying things like:
- Is this IT?
- What if I get it wrong?
- What if at the end of my life, I’ll regret following that path?
- What will other people think?
- Where do I even start?
Those are important questions and by no means the only ones. Please know that finding and manifesting passion is simpler than you might think.
Here are the five best kept secrets for finding and manifesting your passion:
1. Enthusiasm leads the way.
When we are engaged with our passion, our entire body gets involved. Our eyes dance, our voices sing, our hearts glow. When you are curious to find what you are passionate about, observe your body. Notice when you are animated and get curious about what triggered it. Beneath that is a passion.
2. Engaging your passion lights up your joy.
When we are engrossed in an activity that supports our passion, we lose track of time. Though the effort that activity requires may be difficult, we are completely immersed. That immersion is our joy.
Perhaps you’ve watched an athlete or dancer expressing their passion and your breath stopped as you witnessed their triumphant ending. We feel their exuberant joy. That joy is passion in action. The more we practice or engage with our own passions, the more skilled we become and happier we are. The happier we are, the faster manifestation can occur.
3. Passion brings a sense of accomplishment.
Even something as mundane as locking in that final jigsaw puzzle piece in place can give us a sense of accomplishment. Doesn’t it feel good? That feeling helps us realize and embody alignment between our actions and desires. When does that sense of accomplishment appear for you? Beneath that is a passion.
Feelings of accomplishment grow and expand when we share our passion with others. Contribution—whether it’s through entrepreneurship, volunteerism, or just plain sharing your stuff with your friends—enlarges us and deepens our human bonds. What wants to manifest has a greater opportunity to come forth in this magnified field.
4. Our tribe lives there.
We need autonomy, yes, and even more, we require connection with likeminded people. We need our peeps and they need us. When we open our hearts to our passion, our tribe will appear to support us. It’s as though the universe cloaks us in a magnetic outfit that draws everything and everyone to our aid!
5. Best of all, we’re not limited to one.
As humans, we are multi-faceted, and that variety is what keeps life engaging. Think of a cultivated field. When we plant a monoculture, it takes extra nutrients and pesticides to make them grow. Crop rotation adds needed nutrients.
When we seek The-One-And-Only-Passion as a final destination, we too can require extra nutrients, like expensive toys or spa days. Allowing the fullness of our multiple passions to percolate can add the spice we need to live a fulfilled life. And (bonus!) our main passion at one stage of life will feed what’s passionate at the next stage.
Passion wants you to find it.
Your passion is waiting for you. You don’t have to turn your life upside down and you don’t have to bail on others who depend on you. You need only to pay attention to these best kept secrets to recognize and manifest your passion.
Alignment with your passion can bring joy and fulfillment in ways you could never imagine.