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You sit at your desk, tired by your job. You wish you were somewhere else, doing anything else. But when you try and figure out what that something else is, you just blank out. Around you, people seem effortlessly happy in their work, but you can’t seem to figure out how they got there or what would make YOU feel happy. So, you are left wondering, “Maybe it’s just that there’s nothing there for me...” Sound familiar? If it does - you're not alone. So, many people ask me in my coaching practice this question: “What if I don’t have a passion in my life? What if this is as good as it gets?” It’s a scary, awful, terrifying thought. And it can make you feel tired and resigned. So, here’s what I want you to think about instead...

Finding Your Passion Is Not A Pass/Fail Exam

There is so much pressure to just get it right, to find that perfect, right passion that will solve all of our problems. But we fail to see that we are treating finding passion like some sort of pass/fail exam that we, out of everyone, are somehow destined to fail. So, take a deep breath right now, and let go of the idea that you have one shot to get this passion thing right. Here’s the truth: You are a complex person with many interests. And those interests will evolve and change over time. And that is okay. So, the first step to finding your passion when you feel like you have none is to recognize that you are a person of many passions and interests. Some big, some small, and some that change as you change. And the second step to this whole passion mystery is to relax. This is a process that shouldn’t feel stressful, instead it should be something interesting and exciting because there is no one right answer.

Figuring All Of This Out Can Actually Be Fun

Yup, that’s right! It doesn’t have to be stressful. Grab a hot (or cold) beverage, sit down, and focus for a few minutes. Here’s what you do:
  1. Write down things that make you lose track of time - areas where you have fun in your life. Anything from paying the bills (if that floats your boat), to reading, to watching documentaries about Houdini. Don’t make a judgment, just keep a record.
  2. Think about what interests you - what you would do if you had a little bit more time in every day. Would you read more? Run more? Cook more? Travel more?
  3. What do people tell you that you rock at? What have people admired about you in the past?
  4. What are you curious about?
Ok, now take a look at that list, and pick one thing to explore. What seems to be the most interesting thing to you on that list? Spend some time on it till you decide you want to do more... or less. And keep it up. Over time your interest will deepen and opportunities will start for you, or you’ll get bored and move on.

Leave The Voices At The Door

Sometimes, the voice in your head saying, “there’s nothing out there for you,” will slow you down. You’ll get stuck being worried about a lack of progress and could end up back down in the gutter, fearful that nothing is ever going to change. But that thinking is what got you here in the first place, right? So, instead of listening to those voices, take a moment to show them the door. When you feel like saying, “There’s no passion for me,” instead think, “I have a lot of passions, and I’m enjoying exploring what I want to do next.” Then take a deep breath. You’ve got this.

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About The Presenter

Christie Mims is the Founder and CEO of The Revolutionary Club, the number one destination for smart women who are unwilling to settle for anything less than career happiness. Compassionate, caring, and a little kick-ass, Christie is here to make sure that you love what you do (note: life is too short not to love what you do). A certified professional coach and recovering consultant with a background working for Fortune 500 companies, Christie has been there, done that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes. She's dispensed career advice for Forbes, LearnVest, Brazen Careerist, and many more, and can be seen speaking at the University of VA, The Daily Muse, Women for Hire, and a variety of other organizations. Figure out the 6 simple steps to finding work that makes you happy right over here, and play on Facebook and Twitter here and here. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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