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Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be if you want to create
a business and life you love and I know you do. This here is Q&A Tuesday and today’s
question comes Janelle and she writes:
“Hi, Marie. I've spent the last several months reevaluating what I want to do with
my life. I've been reading self help books and watching videos with some of the greats
to find inspiration, my inner purpose, create a vision board, learn positive thinking, you
name it. But I'm really struggling to find my true passion. I know what I'm great at
and the things I enjoy doing but I still haven't nailed a specific passion yet. Any advice?
All the best.”
Janelle, this is one of the most commonly asked questions ever and I struggled with
this myself, in fact, for years when I was first starting out. I was making the same
mistake that most people make, which is you can't find your passion by thinking about
it in your head. Why? Because of this here tweetable:
“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.”
This is especially true with finding your passion. I remember one of the things that
I was “passionate” about was hip hop dance, but I spent so much time, wait let me correct
that, wasted so much time thinking about whether or not I should do it as a career. I remember
thinking to myself I have zero dance training and most people start dancing when they're
in the womb and I was already in my mid 20s. I also was worried because I felt like dance
wasn’t really a smart long term career choice. I thought well I'm not going to make that
much money, it could be a little unstable, yada yada yada. Finally, I got smart and I
got up off my butt and actually put myself into a dance class. It was at Broadway Dance
Center and I remember it was the first pro class that I had ever taken in my life and
I was sitting on the floor and I was stretching and I actually started weeping tears of joy
because it felt so right in my body and in that moment I knew there was no way that I
was not going to go for this as a career. It totally took all the wishy washiness away
and I got really clear because I engaged and I took action.
Now there's a lot more to this story but the relevant part for you is you have to stop
thinking and start doing. You’ve gotta remember: clarity comes from engagement, not thought.
Jennelle, you said that you had some ideas about what you think you might be passionate
about, you know what you like doing; stop thinking and just get out there. Whether that’s
getting a job in that field, volunteering, taking a class, I don’t care what you need
to do; you just need to get your buns out there and do it.
The second part I want to talk about which I also think most people get wrong is this:
passion is not something that you can go find at the end of the rainbow and no it is not
in a box of Lucky Charms. That’s because passion is not something that exists outside
of yourself. The real secret to this whole finding your passion thing is that you have
to train yourself to bring passion to everything that you do. When you wake up in the morning,
be passionate about making your bed, and when you're making lunch, be passionate about making
lunch, and even when you're doing the dishes, you gotta be passionate about doing the dishes.
I know this sounds kind of hokey, but I got to tell you it works. Passion is contagious.
When you're passionate and you're passionate about everything that you do, people around
you start to take notice and they want to know what's up with you and can they get in
on whatever you're doing. I promise you if you really executed this, you're going to
find opportunities just falling in your lap and very, very quickly, you're going to fall
into what you're meant to do in this world, and I gotta tell you it will be magically
delicious.
That is my A to your Q. Hope it helps. Now I would love to hear from you. Have you ever
struggled to find your passion? If so, how did you crack the code? If you're in the position
of still struggling and you're still looking around for it, how can you create a specific
action plan based on today’s advice? More concretely, I want to hear how you're going
to shift from thinking into engagement.
As always the best discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com so go
there and leave me a comment now.
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Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams because the world needs that special
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How To Find Your Passion

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Halu Hsieh published on April 28, 2014
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