Using Self-Awareness to Find Your Passion

Recently, I was having breakfast with a friend when she mentioned that she was considering a new job opportunity. Although she was in a great job and doing well, she wasn’t feeling “lit up”. The new opportunity that was presented to her would allow her to tap into the parts of her skillset that make her feel most alive.

Her concern, however, was that the job was with a company that was a start-up, funded by venture capitalists, and was not necessarily a stable position. Her responsible nature had her weigh the risk and evaluate the level of financial security available to herself and her family.

Her quandary illustrates what is true for most of us: when we are presented with an exciting opportunity, we immediately begin to worry about money. While being concerned about money is not necessarily a bad thing, it can impede our ability to envision a fulfilling life that could ultimately bring financial success.

When we follow our passion, excitement, enthusiasm, and energy, success is inevitable. A practice of self-awareness supports us living from our heart instead of our head. Can you succinctly list your passions? Do you know what lights you up?

There is definitely a direct connection between finding your passion and reaching your potential. As you grow your self-awareness, you will have the courage to say yes to what you’re passionate about and no to everything else. It has been said that the two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why. You owe it to yourself to find out what you were put on this earth to do, and then to pursue it with all your heart.