If you’ve heard all about the Hello Happiest. Circle of Life challenge, you might be slightly curious about all the different holistic health “slices” it entails. The more you know about these, the better you might be able to introduce them into your daily wellness practice. I’ve already covered a few of the slices on the blog, and during coaching sessions I enjoy discussing all of these in great depth with my clients. Doing so usually helps us to get to the bottom of specific wellness areas that need some extra attention. Often, this leads to a confidence boost on the journey towards better holistic health.
Three of the Circle of Life slices overlap quite nicely with each other, namely the “career”, “education” and “creative” ones. These tie together through the idea of pursuing your passion in life, and doing something meaningful with your relatively short time on earth. Many people struggle to find their purpose in life, which is why I wanted to share some insights around taking the first step towards pursuing your passion.
Real Talk: Complaining is Overrated
It’s easy to fall into the trap of complaining that things aren’t going well in life, or that you wish you were doing something else in your career. The old adage “misery loves company” has survived through the ages with good reason, and the first step towards actually pursuing your passion involves letting go of this (often deeply ingrained) thought. It also means slightly distancing yourself from negative people in your life. Once you stop complaining about what you don’t have, it frees up room to appreciate what you do have. It also leaves head space for brainstorming ideas around incorporating more meaningful activities into your day.
Discovering Your Old and New Hobbies
Pursuing your passion doesn’t necessarily have to mean making a career change immediately. The process can be an unfolding over time if you approach it from the place of taking responsibility for all of the hobbies in your life. These could act as guideposts for what you were meant to do with your time all along. The core idea is to start exploring your thoughts related to your passions. What were some of your hobbies as a child? Which of those have survived into adulthood? If none have made the cut, it’s time to get back to basics. It’s also a good idea to make a list of all your newer hobbies (done or still on the to-do list), to see if there is anything there that might offer you extra satisfaction and joy.
Explore Accessible New Learning Opportunities
Once you have a firm grasp of what your hobbies and interests are (or were when you were a child), it’s time to commit to one or two and begin brushing up your skills here. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are countless short courses online, many of which are highly specialised and focused on the intricacies related to creative activities and other hobbies. Some courses teach you tattoo artistry, others how to write short stories. The prospect of learning something new should always be fun, rather than feeling like a chore. Pick one to commit to, and come up with a plan to complete the modules timeously. Build your knowledge up gradually, gain a bit more practical experience if you can, and the rest will take shape as things go along.
Set Practical Goals for the Long-Term
Discovering and mastering your passion requires patience and discipline, and depending on what it is, may even take years (or decades) to be 100% confident in. Setting practical, achievable goals will give you a practical sense of tackling things “one day at a time”. For some added inspiration related to goal setting, check out Vishen Lakhiani’s video (a favourite of mine) on three important questions to ask yourself when trying to set new goals. He puts a unique spin on things which always gets me thinking a lot.
Even if you end up abandoning ship relative to your hobbies and passions down the line, you will have at least taken a step forward and gotten to know yourself better along the way. The converse of that is trying something new and having it slot into your life (and career) like a glove to a hand. Remember that life is continuously unfolding, and we’re here to embrace the peaks and troughs, while enjoying the ride as much as we can.