5 Key Steps to Finding your IDEALS (i.e. discovering your passions)

There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you. - Sir Richard Branson passion lawyer work

Last week I wrote about how the best way to make your work have meaning is to make your work your ultimate contribution to others, and the world. And the response I have been getting from people is – sure I’d love it if my work was my highest contribution, but I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what my life purpose is. I don’t even have a passion. How can I go about creating my IDEAL career if I don’t know what my IDEALS are in the first place?!

I have to admit that is a fair question. And it is a question I have been getting a lot lately. From the students at my workshops, friends, blog readers, and consultation clients – I have been asked over and over – how do you get clear on your ideals?

Everyone wants to discover their passion and do work they love, work that has meaning, work that makes a difference. The problem is most of us don’t know what that is. As a result of our current educational system, we often end up two or three university degrees deep before we even start to ask ourselves what our passions might be, if we even do at all. And by that time we don’t know where to start.

I spent a lot of time lost, a lot of time blindly following a path society set out for me, a lot of time believing I had no passions, a lot of time asking myself some tough questions, and a lot of time learning how to listen to the answers before I figured out what I was passionate about, and how it could play into my personal vision of an IDEAL career.

I know just how daunting of a task “finding your ideal” can be. So today I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned are the key ingredients to doing just that.

And here they are…

5 key steps to finding your IDEALS

  1. A Breaking Point (i.e. an overwhelming desire to discover your passions)
  2. Belief it is Possible (i.e. confidence that you actually have things you are passionate about, you just haven’t found them yet)
  3. Good Questions (i.e. asking yourself good questions)
  4. Time and Commitment (i.e. taking time to figure it out, and then more time when the answer isn’t immediate)
  5. Listening without Judgment (i.e. not dismissing your passions as crazy)

All of the above steps are necessary and unfortunately each is more challenging than the one before it.

I cannot do any of these things for you. No one can. But what I can do is share with you a few strategies for each step. So in my next post I will break each of these down a little further and then offer you some guidance by sharing with you the key questions that have helped me to find my IDEALS.

And for now, all I will ask is that you start with one question. Because until you can answer this question easily and with conviction, there is little benefit in proceeding any further. And the question is:

Why do you want to discover your passions in the first place?



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