Six tried and trusted ways to find your passion

Knowing what your purpose is in life, finding your talent or simply doing what you enjoy most. We have found some great ways to help you find your passion. Remember that finding your passion is not so much about the job you want, or the type of work you want to do, so do feel free to dream.

Your passion is something you already know, you know the answer, it is in you, it is in each one of us, so it must be in you too! In many of us it is hidden, underneath your fears or your negative beliefs about yourself. Be fair and honest to yourself and when doing one of the exercises, do pay special attention to those glimpses of words or ideas that come up first. Yes, those that – even before they have come up fully – you have discarded: ‘That’s not for me’, ‘That wouldn’t work’, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that, and certainly wouldn’t have time to do it’. These glimpses are often the most valuable ones.

Reflect on yourself as a child

Think back about yourself as a child, what is it you always do, what is it that is specifically yours. What were your interests? Remember what you imagined or pretended when you were playing by yourself as a child, under the age of seven. This will key you into your soul’s purpose. Were you a teacher, did you build things, make clothes for your dolls, heal your pets?

It is important to remember what you imagined when you were alone, and therefore un-influenced by other people, and under the age of seven when the “inner self” is more pronounced than the conscious mind and conscious ego.

Imagine yourself at the end of your life
Imagine what you would like to tell people about yourself at the end of your life, what would you like to have been known for? What footprint would you like to have left behind? What do you feel you were meant to be doing with your life? What would you like to proudly tell your grandchildren about?

Notice what you enjoy

List all the things you enjoy doing. These can be hobbies, recreational activities, work, social activities, anything that makes you smile, stirs your emotions, makes you creative, or is just enjoyable. Reflect on your life and recall all those moments, tasks or jobs you really enjoyed. If you struggle coming up with anything, just start paying attention from today onwards. Start noticing things you enjoy: what exactly were you doing when you enjoyed yourself, what tasks, with what sort of people, what skills were you using?

Listen to what others say

Listen to other people, what do they say about you? What sort of things do people like about you? What sort of tasks or jobs are you being asked for? What do you get compliments about? These can be small things, perhaps even ones you don’t value much, because you find them easy. And that are exactly the ones you are after.


Find a moment for yourself, when you are alone. Sit down quietly with your eyes closed, focus on your breathing for a minute or so. Now imagine your ideal month or day, really visualise it.  Anything is possible, be as open and creative and bold as you possibly can. How would you get up in the morning, where, who was with you? Do you go to work, stay at home?

Pay attention to detail, what clothes are you wearing, what does your hair look like, who do you meet, what do you say to them, what do they say to you? What car are you driving? What is the weather like? What do you do first, what next? This really brings out how you would like to spend your time and therefore can reveal some ideas of what you truly are passionate about.


If, after trying some of the ways above, you are still not really sure what your passion is, that’s okay. Don’t spend months, or years, wandering around life paralysed in dead-end jobs because you haven’t found your passion yet. For many of us, finding our meaning is a life-time journey. Just go and try something you have always fancied doing, try something that seems to suit you, try something new or something that scares you, try something that happens to come along and catches your interest. If you don’t know what, ask other people what they recommend for you. Just do it, give it a try.

Author: Inge Woudstra, Founding Director Mum & Career

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  1. Holly Worton says:

    Hi again Inge! These are excellent tips. Very useful! I especially like the reflecting back on what you wanted to do when you were a child. Most of my career ideas even from very young involved helping animals or people, so it’s no surprise that I’ve ended up as a life coach.

    This is a great post. And you’re right, very in tune with my post on the topic:

  2. To my surprise it doesn’t even list my own favourite way: cutting out job advertisements. Or nowadays that should be printing out I suppose. Go to job boards on the web and look through jobs. Collect the ones you imagine yourself doing. Don’t be too critical, anything goes at this point. Once you have a good pile, lets say 50-100, sift through and end up with a top 20-30. What attracts you in those jobs? What is the common element in the perhaps widely different jobs you collected? What was wrong with the ones you discarded? That will start giving you a good sense of the type of jobs that could suit. Enjoy!

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