“If you don’t have an obvious passion, follow your curiosity.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
I have found that telling people to follow their bliss or follow their passion can be problematic—what if you don’t know what your bliss or passion is? Then what do you follow?
I’ve coached and talked with so many people who felt discouraged or like they were doing something wrong because they hadn’t figured out how to “follow their bliss” or they didn’t feel passionate about anything in their lives.
This is why I love the idea of letting go of trying to figure out what your bliss or passion is, which can feel overwhelming. If you find yourself in this place, it’s time to let go of finding or following your “bliss” and instead go into “curiosity mode”.
Look around and pay attention to what you’re reading, where you gravitate online, what conversations you want to participate in and what brings your energy up. What gets you excited? What gets you frustrated (even your frustrations can show you what you are interested in or feel passionate about)?
When you focus on being curious, it takes a lot of the pressure off finding your end-all-be-all passion. You just may find some passion along the way, but even if you don’t what you will find is clarity on your likes, dislikes, preferences, desires, interests, and you’ll have experiences and connections that will serve you in some way.
That’s what I want to offer you today: permission to pick your head up and look around. Pay attention to what sparks your interest and makes you excited. Be curious, have conversations, ask questions, do research. You don’t have to worry about if it’s “your thing” or “the thing”—we are all doing ourselves a disservice if we think our lives have to be confined to one hobby, one interest, one career. Allow yourself to live in a space of curiosity and see where that takes you!
Need help shifting into “curiosity mode”? How about someone to help challenge you to think outside the “one thing” mentality? Contact me and find out how I can help you set and achieve your goal in living a smoother, more sustainable and successful life.