Before you even start reading this article, ask yourself a simple question: What I wanted to be when I grow up? It was probably an astronaut, doctor, animal care or a musician…
No boundaries or doubts. Everyone was clapping for you.
What is holding us back from being who we truly want to be?
The truth is that we live in this perception of a perception of ourselves. Our identity is made up by our parents, education system, system itself, colleagues or friends. While we are living in that bubble and echo chamber, getting to what we really want to do seems impossible.
Many people feel that way today and simply think it is impossible to go on a different path. That process of self-excavation and actualisation, first requires being exposed; you can’t be what you can’t see.
“I’m not what I think I am. I’m not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am”. – Thomas Cooley
The first thing we should be told as kids is that we spend one third of our lifetime at work.
Writer Annie Dillard famously said: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. It is safe to say your job can make a huge impact on the quality of your life.
How to unlock your potential and follow your dreams?
Look at yourself in 10 – 15 years from now and question again: Is this where I want to be?
If the answer is "NO", than you need to find a new path to get to understand yourself better. Remember that all beliefs which are out there are only true if you believe in them.
You CAN chance your career at 35 and you CAN get married at your 40ties.
What happen in our society is that we are clouded by noise. Noise of expectations, the noise of our parents, the noise of our brothers’ and sisters’ expectations.
We focus so much in life on WHAT we want to be as opposed to WHO we want to be.
There is NO pattern. If you know what you are passionate about, if you know what you are good at - you invest in that.
If you are passionate about something, just go and become the best in it, go and do a course on it. Go and learn from the best. Go and find a mentor who is incredible at that trait. Although you may be criticised, you will be able to find new things about yourself that you never knew. Do not trade who you are for who you think the world needs. Because world needs you to be you.
How to find and pursue your passion?
Ask yourself some simple questions:
1. What I love doing?
2. What I am good at?
3. What does the world need?
4. How can I get paid for it?
Think back to a moment when you felt in your element, the moment you were in flow. This could be a challenging situation but to you it felt effortless. Maybe you were performing an activity or you were doing some sort of team work. When someone asks you to think about your passion we start immediately think of hobbies, like art, music, dance or science. However, the great thing about finding a passion is that it is more like an environment that we thrive in. Our passions or our nature is what it is called in ancient traditions.
You may work better in a team or alone. Those are environmental signals that you can find when you are fully conscious, aware and in flow.
Remember that only you hold a key to your true potential. Allow your passion become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.