Posted March 16, 2013 by MotiveHub in Article

Use a Blank Sheet of Paper to Discover Your True Passions

Happy man with blank paper
Happy man with blank paper

Your life can be transformed from dull and boring, to exciting and full of purpose if you are able to spend more time doing things you are passionate about.

How do you find out what you are passionate about?

It may seem like a silly thing to do, considering all of the technology we have available to us in these modern times; but the first simple step to discovering and oftentimes, reconnecting with your true passions is to sit down with a blank sheet of paper.

Draw a line down the middle of the paper (vertical); and on one side list things that make you miserable. On the other side, list things that you enjoy doing and also add some things that you think you might enjoy. What you are doing is similar to creating a household budget; one side for expenses, the other for income.

It should only take you about 30 minutes to get a good list started; you can add to the list later, but you want to have enough to get you started.

Once you have your lists started, go through the list of things that make you miserable and jot down notes about how much time (if any) you spend on each item; and repeat this with the other side. You should have written enough notes that show how much time you are spending on the things that make you miserable, and the things that bring you pleasure and satisfaction.

This is the most important part of discovering what you are passionate about. Going back to the analogy of creating a budget, you now have a clear picture of how much time and what things you are spending that time on. Many people are surprised to see that they are spending more time doing things that brings them no joy, and less time on things they would rather be doing.

Being able to look at a list and see what you like is only the beginning of the process; now you need to do a little bit more work.

You know what you enjoy; but are you passionate about it?

Liking something and having passion for something are two different things. For example, you may enjoy the company of a co-worker that you have chats with on your break; compare that with how passionate you feel about comforting a spouse, sibling, or child during a time of crisis in their life. There is a considerable amount of difference between your passion for one and the other.

Change is easier when you do it slowly and consistently; each day, do a little more of the things that you enjoy, and less of the things that you do not. Even the busiest person can add just 5 minutes more of something to his or her day. As the days go by, if you have been consistent in adding more time to the things that add happiness to your life, you will notice that you have more passion for some things on your *like* list, than other items on that list.

This is where you want to be; you will discover what your true passions are and be in the habit of spending more time doing those things. Self improvement and change takes time; have patience with yourself and pay more attention to the things you improved each day, rather than the things you didn’t.