The periods between childhood and adolescence are critical phases in which we explore and have different experiences in various types of environments. And during this time, we may find ourselves gravitating towards certain activities that bring us joy and happiness. As we get older and more life experiences happen to us, we may forget the feeling of expressing our creativity and it gradually becomes repressed. Due to social and societal pressures, the idea of sticking to what is “safe” becomes the first priority at the expense of our passion. For this week’s blog post, I am going to list the 4 important questions you should ask yourself before deciding whether or not you should pursue the destined path.
- When do I feel the most happiest?
- Take some time to reflect on the memories you have from when you were little to now. Think about the activities you used to do by yourself or with friends or family. How did you feel? How would you describe the environment when participating in this activity? How did it impact the person you are today? When you start to dig deeper into why you feel the way you do, you’ll start realize that your strengths have been honed from your biggest passions.
2. If finances weren’t an issue, what would I pursue?
- The most common reason why we seem to create a block through our creativity is because we are caught up in the responsibilities that come with being an adult. From paying expenses to dealing with failure, loss, and challenging circumstances, its valid to push our wellbeing to the side for a while. An exercise I did to get clear on what I wanted to pursue was write my definition of the perfect day. I included what time I would wake up and had every hour planned up until the time that I would go to sleep. Having clarity on what your desired end goal is inspires you to create the process of getting to that destination.
3. Are my intentions with pursuing this passion aligned with my values?
- Think about the reasons why you would want to pursue your desired passion. Your “why” needs to be impactful for you and something that is so compelling that it carries you through the successes and challenges towards your destination. Don’t pursue something for the sake of impressing others or achieving a high status to brag about your “superiority”. Do something because you love it and the by-product of your successes align with your vision.
4. Am I willing to be all in for the long haul?
- Is this something that you see yourself doing in the long term? Does this project carry a 20,40,60 year plan that leaves a legacy for others to follow? Chasing short term success creates imbalance that will leave you chasing the next best thing without ever seeing the fruits of labor flourish. Make the commitment and put your energy towards it. That’s where you will see the real impact.
I hope you took away some value from this post and that it has got you thinking about what you want to pursue in your life. If you enjoy reading these posts, please subscribe as I will be uploading new content every week. If you have any suggestions or questions on what I should cover on my future blog posts, don’t hesitate to contact me here. Have a great rest of the week.