The periods of 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, we are 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 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 realizing 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 that we are caught up in the responsibilities that come with being an adult. From paying expenses to dealing with failure, loss, and challenging circumstances, it’s valid to push our well-being to the side for a while. An exercise we did to get clear on what we wanted to pursue was writing my definition of the perfect day. We included what time we would wake up and had every hour planned up until the time that we would go to sleep. Having clarity on what your desired end goal 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 byproduct 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 an 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.