As I try to work smarter not harder (blogged here), I find myself pondering and possibly procrastinating about my passions in life, my career path and of course the direction the blog is headed.
There seems to be a lot of talk about finding your passions and making them work for you but there are some instances where that just isn’t possible.
Take my love of jigsaw puzzles. I honestly can’t see that making an income for me and it’s probably more a hobby than a real life passion. I’m definitely passionate about my hubby of almost 20 years but once again, I can’t make a career out of that love… or can I?!
So how does one discover their passion in life? Well, don’t ask me, I’m very much a work in progress!
At 44, you should think I would have it all figured out by now but life… mainly 22 relocations and three girls under three, somehow managed to get in the road and set my agenda. I’ve been playing a big game of catch up and going with the flow for as long as I can remember.
While playing catch up, a little light bulb moment landed in my inbox recently. An opportunity to explore all my options and put down some solid foundations for the future. My future. Only I’m not really sure what I want or think that should look like.
So in the scheme of all things
procrastination productive, I went looking for signs and ways to fast track the process of finding my passions, with some interesting results. The general theme being…..
I’ve been thinking for a little while the blogging side of things just might be my passion or may, at the very least, help steer me in the right direction. Right now though, I think I need some much needed time out to sit with my thoughts and go through some of the material and exercises I found in my travels online this week. Starting here:
This was all about slowing down, changing your story, finding your uniqueness, looking for patterns, having confidence and focusing on the fun. Point 6 (Write) has me reaching for my journal and Parker pen.
Ideas flow more freely when we write without an agenda. New inspiration may appear unexpectedly and it becomes easier to connect the dots. Spend a few minutes of quality time each day with a pen and paper allowing yourself to process your thoughts without influence from the outside world.
Next I turned to Beyond Passion (The Science of Loving What You Do), which looks at the belief that matching your work to personality traits and interests is paramount to finding your dream job and making big life changes and decisions. They call it the introspection principle.
There was also this piece from Blog Maverick, that resonated with me on some levels. The suggestion that we should follow our efforts rather than our passions may have some merit. I agree to some point that ‘when you work hard at something you become good at it’ but I have to question at what cost?
Being the self confessed Queen at working hard at something to become an expert, I’m wondering if this approach is more a case of working harder and not smarter and there isn’t in fact a better way to do things?!
Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you .
One thing I’m certain of though, time really is a valuable asset and I’ve already spent far too much time procrastinating about my passions and it’s time to literally roll my sleeves up and get on with things.
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
If you have a blog post worth casing this week or you are playing along for Wordless Wednesday (something I fail at), this is the place to link up. I’m always looking for new blogs to case.
What are your passions?
Are you in your dream job?
Would you prefer to work harder or smarter?
If you’ve been following the blog for some time what would you say my passions or strengths are?