How To Discover Your Passion

Therapist, Life Transitions, Psychologist

Every day, millions of individuals wake up to face a tragic reality: they hate their day job. Sure, the bills get paid and the family is fed, but deep down they know that what they spend the majority of each day doing leaves them feeling empty and passionless.

What happened to those dreams and aspirations that once drove them to pursue unique hobbies and spend hours reading books? When did the desire to accomplish that one momentous thing in life suddenly become so out of reach? When did our lives become so… pointless?

For a variety of reasons, the passion and drive that once helped us wake up each morning with excitement and joy fade away. What is often left behind in its wake is a monotonous daily life full of repetition and routine. As days turn into weeks, the reality that happiness is fleeting can lead to anxiety, stress, and even depression.

Rediscovering Passion Through Therapy

Many people think that therapy is only an option for those in desperate circumstances. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, nearly every individual will at some point face a crossroads – a choice between the risk of pursuing passion or settling for the safe and mundane.

As a therapist, my role is to help individuals uncover the steps that they have taken to come to where they are today, and help them to develop a road map for the future. What may seem like an impossible mountain to climb can be overcome with a strategic plan. To help my clients discover their passion once more, I often lead them through several key questions. Once we begin to break down the barrier of what is possible, we can prepare to take bold steps toward hope and healing.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the questions and queries that I will often ask clients who are facing a loss of passion:

What Is something that you love to do?

This is a simple question that can be hard to answer for those who have found themselves trapped in a lifeless routine. What is a hobby, activity, or secret passion that you love to lose yourself in? If you had the day off and no responsibilities, what would take up the biggest part of your day? Within that answer lies the path toward your true, inner passion.

What do you often find yourself reading, watching, or learning about?

Another way to discover your passion is to do some personal reflection on how you spend your time. What do you love to consume when it comes to the media? What television programs, books, and social media accounts do you find yourself spending time with every day? When you locate that thing that you just can’t get enough of, you may be discovering the key to igniting passion once more.

What do other people say you are good at?

Our family and friends are a great avenue for discovering what we may be missing about ourselves. The inner narrative that we often hold about our lives may look completely different from the outside. Ask someone you trust to tell you what they see when they watch you – what makes you excited, what gets you moving, and more.

How can you invest your resources in personal development?

Once you begin to get an idea of those things that fire you up, how can you begin to spend time developing those areas? Is it a side business, a hobby, or an addition to your schedule that can help you devote more time to these pursuits?

Schedule a meeting with yourself to start spending a bit of time each day focusing on your newfound passion. Don’t be shocked when you begin to find that you wake up looking forward to the day ahead more often!

Supercharge Your Future & Learn What’s Possible With An Experienced Berkeley Psychologists

These are but a few of the questions that have helped to spur some exciting conversations and uncover hidden potential in my clients. When you begin to see your life as being full of potential rather than simply a list of “can’ts”, you will begin to rediscover the potential that has gone dormant in your life.

Want to learn more, and have a conversation about helping supercharge your passion? I would love to speak with you today about how therapy and counseling can help you target areas of your life that you feel could use a bit more joy and purpose. Together we can take steps toward a more passionate, fulfilling life. Contact me today to learn more about my Berkeley Psychologist services.

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