The pursuit of happiness. What does that mean? Why do we pursue happiness? The same reason kids chase bubbles. Because it feels good. When we are doing what we love, when we are passionate about what we do in the world, we can’t help but feel happy and it shows. It shows in your face, in your voice, in your energy. Conversely, when there’s no passion in what you do, it’s just work.
Here’s my story. After dropping out of college, I ended up in sales at a gym. One of the personal trainers there pulled me aside and said straight out: You’re a fat guy selling fitness. I want to help you. Seventy pounds shed later, I found my calling. I wanted to help people do what this guy did for me. I wanted to transform lives. So I went back to school and became a personal trainer.
Today, I am all about helping others move forward. Being a part of someone’s life journey. That is my purpose. So how do you find yours?
HOW TO FIND YOUR TRUE PURPOSE IN LIFE
DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
While you’re searching – inside and outside of yourself – for your passion, keep your day job. Having an income gives you the safety net you need to take your time finding out what you love to do. Remember: There are 24 hours in a day. You can start working on your passion on your lunch hour or late at night when the house is quiet.
To find your purpose, you need to be open to the possibilities. Some people know, deep down, what they’ve always wanted to do while others are blindsided by the discovery. Listen to the little voice inside you that wants to do something different and don’t be afraid to try something new.
FEEL THE FEELINGS
Above all, your passion belongs to you and no one else. Sure, others may praise your baking skills, but that doesn’t mean you should open a cupcake shoppe tomorrow. Being really good at something is great, but unless it gives you butterflies or a reason to get up in the morning, guess what. It’s not your passion. It’s just something you happen to be good at.
LET IT DRIVE YOU
If you’ve found your purpose, it will drive you forward. You will want to do it and you’ll want to do it well. You’ll want to work to improve, and you’ll be excited as it evolves and takes you to the next level. Engaging in your passion may be work, but it will make you smile.
BE OPEN TO CHANGE
Always keep in mind that they way you deliver your passion may not be exactly how you saw it at first. Like me, you might need to make changes in your life before what you were meant to do becomes clear. Or perhaps the path to your passion will take a few turns. That’s okay. You’re on the road, and that’s what will get you there.