Find Your Passion in 5 Minutes
People think passion means “fun” and “effortless.”
However, the word passion comes from Latin root “pati,” which means “to suffer.”
Your passion is something you’re willing to work at and suffer for. It’s not easy. It’s hard work.
Developing a passion requires you to work on your craft every single day. It takes hours and hours of mentally-straining deliberate practice. And above all, it takes patience.
One of the hardest things I had to do was narrow my niche for this blog. There are so many things I want to share for others to learn from and enjoy – things that have helped me grow in my personal and professional life. I came to realize my squirrel disorder would quickly create blog of chaos and I wouldn’t accomplish my goal of helping women.
The exercise below helped me focus, and has ultimately changed my life. Not overnight, but over the years I became obsessed with becoming the person that I wanted to be.
The exercise is called the “Eulogy Exercise.” It only takes 5 minutes to do and it goes like this:
Get out a pen and paper (a word doc or something to take notes).
Imagine you’re at a funeral. You look around, and you see all your friends and family are gathered. Suddenly, you realize you’re at your funeral. One by one, your family, friends, and loved ones go up to the stage to make their eulogy to you. They talk about all the great memories they have of you, the adventurous life you lived, and the wonderful legacy you have left behind. Now, come back to the present, and think about what you actually want people to say about you when you’re dead. How do you want to be remembered? How do you want to be described? What kind of a life do you want to have lived?
Spend 5–10 minutes right now to write everything down. Don’t hold back. (Actually writing it down–from a 3rd person perspective–instead of just thinking about it will make this exercise 100x more powerful. You can see what I want people to say about me when I’m dead here.)
Once you’ve written everything down, ask yourself:
What’s one small thing you can do today to start becoming that person?
And then actually GO DO that thing!
Once you know who you want to be in this world, then it’s a whole lot easier to make decisions about how you should be spending your time.
This should help you start narrowing down your options in deciding what career paths, side projects, etc. are worth pursuing. If a path doesn’t align with your vision, what’s the point in pursuing it?