Nov 9 / Rosemary (Rosie) Killip

How to find your passion again

We have been living in incredibly stressful circumstances over the past two years; lockdowns, separation from loved ones and work colleagues, total displacement from what was our “normal”. It is easy to lose one’s day to day motivation let alone one’s passion. Some of us never knew what our passion was in the first place.

Passion is an emotion that ebbs and wanes over time. When one is stressed or angry you are at the other end of the emotional spectrum from passionate and joyful. In our work lives there are a lot of routine things, sometimes it is just plain boring.

So where do you start to regain that sense of fire for what you do? You start with asking and answering some questions of yourself, write these up in a list and then ponder your answers. Go back over the list with a friend or a coach/mentor who can help you reflect on which are the most important right now or those that you can easily achieve.

For example, someone who had a love for travel may feel sad and disappointed they are restricted from doing that just now. However, to keep the passion alive they may choose to sort through old photos and make up digital books or albums, bring out trinkets from their travels and share stories of what they found with others, connect in with lost friends or relatives offshore to share old times and new learning with.  

To kick start your thinking consider these questions.

  • What things did you enjoy today?
  • How do you like to spend your time?
  • What do people compliment you for?
  • What is the one topic you can’t stop talking about?
  • What is something that excites you, but you are afraid to do?
  • What is a minor change that will have a major impact on your life?
  • What skills come naturally to you?
  • What activity makes you lose track of time?
  • How do you spend your time now?
  • What would you love to do on a daily basis?
  • What was your favourite thing to do growing up?
  • If you had everyone’s attention, what would you talk about?
  • What would you do if you had no fear?
  • What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?
  • What do you like doing so much that you lose track of time?
  • If you were guaranteed success, what would you do?      

    Make a list – share with a friend, colleague or coach.

    Rosemary (Rosie) Killip

If you would like to take some time to reignite your passion 

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