How to find your passion

This morning I read a Christmas card in my ballet school which said: ‘best wishes, find your passion for 2010’. That immediately struck a chord with me!

What’s my passion?

Ever since I was a kid, I’d been writing short stories, poems and journals fervently. But when I reached my teens and twenties a passion killing monster reared its ugly head: fear of failure.

Now, while snow is drizzling against my windows and front porch I sense that I am happy, and that some of that happiness is being stirred up in me through my refound passion: writing. I believe that God has a plan for me and that it includes writing.

Today I want to help you discovering your passion too:

Leo Babauta wrote a very useful post about it: http://zenhabits.net/2009/11/the-short-but-powerful-guide-to-finding-your-passion/

Here are the questions he proposes with some of my answers.

1. What are you good at?

I’d like to name three of my skills: I’m good at writing: journaling (I’ve got four different journals at the same time) and blogging. I’m also a skilled speech therapist who knows how to sign and I have some flamenco prowess.

2. What excites you?

Blogging, dancing and working galvanize me most. Reading and studying English through all the blogs I read is some of my favorite pastimes too, as well as drinking coffee 🙂

3. What do you read about?

I mostly read nonfiction and blogs about productivity, habit change, simplicity, happiness, energy management and Christian faith.

4. What have you secretly dreamed of?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been dreaming of being a writer. I’m dreaming of inspiring thousands of people with my writing, inspire them to live a more productive and happier life. That’s why it’s such a vicarious thrill for me that Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project reached #2 on de New York Times best seller list last week.

5. Learn, ask, take notes

I do this by taking a lot of notes like: inspirational quotes, funny English words and interesting topics. I read a lot of blogs to learn from their style, voice, vocabulary, grammar and topics.

6. Experiment, try. &   7. Narrow things down.

My blog Inspiration and Productivity is my writing experiment. I aspire to author a book later on as well.
I could also have been experimenting other flamenco styles for example, but I think I already narrowed it down quite a bit.

8. Banish your fears.

That’s quintessential! Here’s Leo’s post on overcoming self-doubt: http://zenhabits.net/2010/01/conquer-self-doubt/

9. Find the time.

I’m finding time for my passion by rising early in the morning and taking the time to blog. I also started writing my drafts during my commute.

10. How to make a living doing it.

It would be neat to publish a book some day and get some proceeds from it, but that’s not my main goal; that’s to enjoy writing and sharing my ideas with as many readers as possible in order to influence them in a positive way.

I challenge you to answer these questions for yourself and get going!

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2 thoughts on “How to find your passion

  1. Hi Ester,
    Weer een mooi verhaal van je. Als kind kon je al heel plastisch dingen op schrift verwoorden, volgens mij al toen je 7 jaar oud was. Frappant hoe jij toen al zo intens de wereld om je heen in je opnam.
    Ik geloof dat jouw droom om schrijfster te worden en op die manier een positieve bijdrage aan de wereld te geven uit kan komen!
    Liefs, mam

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