Picture this: It’s the end of 2014 and I’ve just got back from an amazing trip around Central America. I have no job and no plans. The rest of my life stretches out ahead of me like a blank canvas.
I keep hearing I need to follow my passion. I’ve got loads of ideas of what that might be, but I have no idea which one to actually choose. What if make the wrong decision? What if I pick something and end up regretting it further down the line? I’d only just about managed to pluck up the courage to leave my last job, I don’t want to be in that position again anytime soon.
In my reading, I come across the idea of a Play Project by John Williams. It’s where you test out a business idea in a short space of time to see if it works. I have a lightbulb moment. I could apply this strategy to finding my passion!
So I write down a list of all of my ideas and give myself a month to test each of them out. I end up writing a novella, learning how to draw, practicing Italian, passing an indoor climbing test and taking a yoga course!
But most importantly, I learn more about myself and what brings me joy. I learn that choosing a career you love isn’t all about following your passion, but knowing what you love to do sure makes it easier.
Over the last two years, I’ve refined this process and now I’m sharing it with you. It’s not about finding your one passion (if that even exists!) It’s about following your curiosity and exploring what you enjoy doing. This is the first step on my Escape Plan! Read all about that here. [link]
Let’s get started with this easy-to-follow 5 step formula.
Don’t forget to get your Escape Kit which includes The Passion Finder (an easy-to-use tool to guide you through this formula) here:
One. Write your Curiosity List
Carve out a bit of you-time for this one! I like to make a chai tea, get out my posh hardback notebook (lol) and snuggle up with a blanket on the sofa. Try and get yourself in a relaxed and inspired mood before you get started. Why not listen to your favourite song? Or watch an inspiring video first?
Once you’re feeling ready to go, write down a list of everything you’ve ever been curious about learning or trying. Try not to censor yourself. Get excited and let it all come out!
One thing I’m quite bad at is not writing things down because I’m scared of actually having to do them! I’ve found reminding yourself that this isn’t a to do list works for me. It’s just a place to gather your ideas, you don’t have to go out and do them right away.
My challenge for you now is to write down at least 20 items on your list.
Two. Tiny test
Got your 20 items? Woohoo! Add a splash of something stronger into that chai tea to celebrate haha!
Now the fun part begins… we take action and try stuff out!
But first, choose an item from your list. Make it the one that you feel really excited about (and maybe a little bit nervous!) I recommend going for that is quite easy to do just to get the ball rolling.
Got one? Great. Now I want you to choose a tiny way to find out more about it. This is about testing it out to see if it’s really for you. Here are some ideas:
Record this step in The Passion Finder. Get it (and the rest of the Escape Kit) here:
Three. Bigger test
How was that? Did you enjoy learning a little more about the topic?
Great! It’s time to move on to the third part of this formula.
(By the way, if you found that you really aren’t as interested in this topic as you thought you would be, it’s totally fine to forget about it and go back to your curiousity list. Choose another item then repeat the second step of the formula with that. Ruling stuff out is cool!)
In this part of the formula you are going to test out your potential passion in a slightly bigger way. It’s all about making a bit more of a commitment and getting more immersed in the activity.
Choose one of these ways:
Fill out The Passion Finder and get going :)
Get it with the rest of the Escape Kit here:
Let’s get creative baby!
(Remember you don’t have to continue with a topic if you’ve already found out that it’s not for you. Choose a different item from your curiosity list and repeat the formula with that. You’re narrowing your passions down like a boss!)
This is the next step. Rather than testing out the potential passion in a passive way, like learning about it or talking to others about it. It’s time to actually get out there and do it your way!
Choose from one of these creative ideas:
Sports can be a little bit different. If you can’t find a way to be creative with them, use this time to have a go at practising what you’ve learnt so far on your own:
Set aside some time and let your creativity flow. I’d love to see what you create! Send it to me at claudia[at]peacenpurpose[dot]com
Five. Reflect and review
You’ve completed the three tests, so now what?
This step is about reflecting on your experiences and reviewing how much you enjoyed trying the activity out. Is it one of your passions?
The Passion Finder shows you how to do this. Get your copy here (it’s free.)
Once you’ve completed The Passion Finder for this potential passion:
- Choose another item off your Curiosity List.
- Repeat the formula with that.
- Review the experience using The Passion Finder.
- Keep going until you’ve tested out the items that make you feel most excited. Try and do between 3-5.
You’ll end up with a new range of passions you’re confident you enjoy! Keep pursuing them and ALWAYS follow your curiosity. I’ve learnt that following your curiosity is way more important that finding your one passion when it comes to discovering your purpose. You never know where it might lead …
“Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.” Steve Jobs
Read the rest of the Discover Your Purpose Series:
- How to Escape a Job you Hate and Find Purpose
- How I Discovered my Biggest Passions: My 5 Step Formula
- The Complete Guide to Reconnecting With Your Dreams
- 13 Inspiring Women Reveal Their Best Tips For Finding Career Direction In Your Twenties