I used to feel dumb when asked “what’s my passion” or “what am I really good at”. I would shrug, or make up some lame answer, like “I love helping people”. Right.
Meet medical Dr. Susan Biali Haas. Early in Dr. Biali’s career, she suffered severe clinical depression and burnout because the job took her so far from who she truly was. She took a stress leave, at which time, she reflected on her life and decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a dancer. She took up flamenco dancing and got to perform in Mexico and the U.S. Today, Dr. Biali still practises medicine part-time and devotes her other time to helping people lead a healthy and balanced life and to pursue their dreams. Here’s her advice on how to uncover your passion:
1. Inventory your talents. What are you good at or have a natural aptitude for? What are the things that you have a knack for that time seems to fly when you’re doing it.
2. Pay attention to who makes you annoyed or jealous. @drsusanbiali says you may feel annoyed or jealous at people who are doing “frivolous” things. It may well be because you really wish you could live so freely. If you feel like that, it’s doubly important to figure out your passion.
3. Think of what you loved to do as a child. It’s only we when we grow up that we “forget” what we love to do and what comes to us naturally. Rediscover and reconnect with your childhood dreams.
4. Notice when you lose track of time. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. What is it that you do that you don’t even realize the day has passed? Is it writing? Painting? Or maybe it’s blogging.
I’d add that this is not an intellectual exercise, but a journey to tune into yourself. In the immortal words of my hero, Joseph Campbell, in discovering your passion, you need a bliss station, “a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” Share if you’ve discovered your passion.