Discovering Your Deepest Passion
Late last year I was a little more than frustrated with my writing. I had been writing off and on (mostly off) for almost a decade. The subject had kinda ebbed and flowed with the interest of the moment. I had started my writing journey writing about money and biblical principles because of my career at the time. I even had a stint of writing about life lessons I learned from my horses which I enjoyed. Beyond that it had bounced from inspiration, to lessons from scripture, to marriage. And while none of those were bad in and of themselves it didn’t really provide a lot of clarity as to what my blog was about. Readers didn’t really know what to expect when they showed up and thus they often just didn’t show up. :/ And yet neither did I. I wrote when the inspiration struck but that wasn’t very often. I was about as interested in my writing as my readers were. I knew, from studying the art of writing in the last year, that passion was the answer. Passion infused writing brought readers back again and again. I knew that when I wrote about a topic I was passionate about that I wouldn’t have to look for readers that readers with the same passion would look for me. I knew that when I wrote about what I was passionate about I would write more consistently, be more excited about it, feel more accomplished. I believed
A strong passion for something will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.-William Hazlitt
All those years of writing and the most subscribers I had to my blog were a dozen or two at the most. Writing is hard and to have no one reading beyond family and a few close friends is demotivating to say the least. At the end of 2012 I decided I wasn’t going to write until I found the passion, the focus that my writing needed. I’ll share the simple way I found it in a few minutes but first let me say when it comes to passion the proof is in the pudding. My first post, with my deepest passion of women in leadership discovered, Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner took place on 12.27.2012. This past Friday, just 38 posts and 7 months later my blog passed the tipping point with
A BIG THANK YOU to each and every one hundred of you who have subscribed to receive these posts in your email or blog reader! What an awesome feeling to know that God is building an army of women (and a few courageous men) stoked about women in leadership. Stoked about discovering your call as a woman leader, growing and developing personally, tapping into your passion and leading well.
I believe “passion ensures success” is not only true for writing, but for life and especially for leadership. So let me share with you the steps I took at the end of last year that helped me discover my deepest passion. If you keep a journal (I highly recommend you do) feel free to use it or your calendar to jot down your observations over a few weeks time. Believe me you’ll begin to see a pattern and when you do, it hits you – that’s it!
- Become an observer of self. While we are naturally curious and observe others we often don’t slow down long enough to observe ourselves. How we interact with people. Our thoughts and feelings as we go about our day. Take the time to consider your thoughts about what you read, the conversations you have, even your random thoughts as you daydream.
- Look for emotion. As you go about your day – reading, having conversation, watching TV or listening to radio. What raises your emotion level? It’s likely your passion will not just stir up one emotion but several. You will find that your emotions go from sadness to really pissed off all on the same topic.
- Ask questions. Ask them of yourself but also ask them of God as well. And ask repeatedly. The great mysteries of life are rarely found by asking one question, one time. You have to seek diligently. Here are a few of the questions I asked.
- When do I sit up and pay attention? What is the topic where I go from being present to being engaged in the conversation? When there is a conversation going on when do I feel the uncontrollable urge to state my opinion on the matter? When is it that I cannot be silent?
- At the end of my life, if there was one thing that I could have changed or had a positive impact on in my life time – what is that one thing? [Post you might find helpful: 2 Questions Christian Women Must Answer]
- Looking back on my life, my job, even the last month – what things frustrate me the most?
- What is it when people say something or do something that I just really would like to grab them and shake some sense into them?
- What injustice in the world would I most like to be a part of resolving?
Regardless of your current vocation – linking your passion to it, letting passion be the driver – you’ll discover that your leadership (like my readership) will soar to new heights. There will be great enthusiasm and zest for life. Success is easier and it’s inevitable because the desire will point the way.
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