I didn’t recognize my passion when I began holding neighborhood fundraisers as a kid. The first, I recall, was a carnival in our driveway. I recruited other neighborhood kids to perform exotic acts such as baton twirling and palm reading. And, I solicited fresh baked cakes from neighbors for a cake walk to win a confection. We raised $4.52 for a Red Cross fundraiser for local Omaha, NE flood victims. Mind you, I’m a dinosaur and in those days that was a worthwhile contribution. I felt so gratified handing offer the money and the excitement of a photo and article in the local paper.
What does this have to do with passion and purpose? As I reflect on that, and subsequent experiences, I realized my value was to help people in meaningful ways. I do that now through coaching and volunteer work with community organizations.
Some people recognize their passion and purpose and work at it, with it, around it. Many work in a job that is not aligned with their values, a true disconnect.
Here are a few of the questions I pose in a coaching session:
- What are your most important values (based on an assessment)?
- What are you good at doing?
- What do you love to do?
- What are you good at and enjoy?
- What do people ask you to do?
The answers to the above, and more, will help you determine your direction.
Not everyone is paid to work her passion. However, you can still have gainful employment while working your passion in other ways.
Want to explore your passion and purpose? Contact me for a complimentary coaching session at your convenience. Then let’s get you moving to YourTurn!
10 Things your should know about passion,http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/finding-passion/
Find your passion with these 8 thought provoking questions. http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028946/find-your-passion-with-these-8-thought-provoking-questions