Most of the time, when we have to take an important decision that it’s going to have somehow an impact on our lives we have to choose depending on what we like, what we love.
However, these questions are hard to answer. We don’t know what we want 100% of the time, or simply we like several things and we are afraid of taking a wrong decision, so from time to time we just let our instinct guide us.
All around the internet we are surrounded by millions and millions of inspirational quotes that make everything look easier. Whilst is not. Do we really know what we love? What we want in life?
When someone gets asked such questions, there are thousands of answers, all unique and valid. But all answers have something in common, whatever it is that we want for life, it has to be a passion that makes us happy and fulfilled
For me, finding my passions was a mix of what I like, what I enjoy doing and what I am good at.
When I think about this last year, the year I actually realized what my passions are, the first thing that pops into my head is trusting my gut. I can happily say that any success I had along this year was based on trusting that voice we all have in our heads. Trusting my gut also made me make (little if any) mistakes, for which I am grateful. If it wasn’t for those, right and wrong decisions, I wouldn’t be where I am nowadays. I wouldn’t be writing this post.
Bellow, I share a few thoughts that eased finding my passions and helped me through.
DO IT FOR YOURSELF
I tend to think that when we leave school, we have sort of an idea of what we want to do in life, and what we want to achieve. However, some people are afraid of leaving their comfort zone and wait for those achievements to magically happen, letting the fear of failure win.
I came to the realization that nothing was going to happen unless I did something about it. And that is the scariest thing – starting. When I decided I wanted to move to Denmark, I never knew what was going to happen. Now, one year later – I can ensure it was the best decision I’ve ever made. And I will never regret it, no matter what shortcomings I have to face.
Putting myself out there and leaving Spain was the hardest part, the rest went smoothly. So if you want to get ahead, the secret is to get started.
FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS. BE CURIOUS
I don’t know if it’s just me, but if I am not 100% confident about doing something right away I don’t do it. There will be always certain situations where you are unsure whether it’s the right thing to do or not. In those cases, you have to follow for instincts, study the pros and cons and the effect that decision will have on your future.
I used to think that I had to take every opportunity life gave me, or at least try taking it, in fear of not receiving another one in its place, or losing whatever it was that could benefit my future. But I realized that there would be always other opportunities, waiting for you to find them.
Everything in life happens for a reason. When a door closes another one opens.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL
When taking an important decision, two things can happen, it can either go well or wrong. Of course, no one likes to fail, but, and sorry for sounding like a Tumblr quote, if you don’t try it out, you will never know if you’d have succeeded or not, and you will never be able to achieve your goals.
Thus, whenever you have a chance to do something, think carefully before you decide not to take it, and forget about the fair of failure. As Nietzsche said – That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
MULTITASKING AS A STRENGTH
I personally have a hate-love relationship with multitasking. On one hand I like being busy (doing things I enjoy), and on the other hand, I feel overwhelmed with so much hard work. Being only 19 and coursing a Bachelor degree, Part-Time Marketing Manager Job at Trendhim, Blogging and writing collaborations keep my plate pretty full.
The good part of finding what you love is that you get to do thrilling activities all the time, so you don’t have time to feel obligated to perform them, more like you feel passionate about those driven activities.
My tip for dealing with an overload of activities is to always start with the ones that require more responsibility, such as university/studies or work. While performing those tasks, think about what comes next, the tasks you feel more passionate about. That will help you to avoid distractions and finish in the less amount of time as possible.
Do you want to get involved? I am always interested in hearing stories from people who built a career from scratch by doing what they loved, or simply all of those who are successful in life thanks to trusting their gut. So if you want to be a contributor on this subject(doing what you love) feel free to drop me a line (no matter what your position is). I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.