Those times when your heart sings and your skin tingles, you feel in your groove, flowing with life, in your element and at one with the moment. These are times you're engaged fully with your passion.
Often personal passions are the first thing I work on with clients transitioning to Self Employment. Once we know them we are able to define the opportunity, location and business model that best fits them.
We can use their personal passions to develop more detailed criteria for making decisions and take an overview to get ideas about the individual’s life purpose.
The word ‘value’ is often used to describe the things in your life you give priority to. I believe this doesn’t go far enough. A value is often one word such as ‘family’ but it doesn’t tell me what it is about ‘family’ that’s meaningful to you and it may be your family are important because they are very demanding!
I prefer the term passion because it suggests not only that this is important, but that you have a strong feeling about it. When you talk about it, you get excited! At this point you might be thinking about something external you feel passionate about- perhaps a charity or political cause.
To get to the passions that are useful in the coaching process, we need to look inside. What is it about that external situation that draws your attention? Do you feel strongly about equality, fairness, facilitating change? What drives you to volunteer, give your commitment, feel this way?
I have some questions to tease out these passions. (It can be a little difficult to do alone as some old patterns or fear may get in the way of you seeing clearly.) We then work together to organise the ideas and find the most appropriate wording or perhaps pictures so they are instantly recognisable.
We then test them by ‘trying them on’. By this I mean applying them to the client’s life. Times when they feel motivated, inspired and elated should correspond to times when they were/are in tune with these passions.
When there is no opportunity to experience our passions or we had to suppress our passion to comply with some external standard, we feel we're not ourselves. When we identify the right passions, we immediately feel an affinity with them. Personal Passions are what we love about being us, our essence.
People sometimes ask about passions changing over time. In my experience, they can become more developed or refined but they remain recognisable and we might choose to express them in different ways, perhaps adapting to our circumstances.
The more we are able to live in tune with our personal passions the more we can be our authentic selves. I’ve yet to meet someone whose talents are not complementary to their passions so when your passions are at the core of your Self Employment, you maximise your chances for success as well as those for having fun! And all that positive energy rubs off on other people attracting them to you and enabling you to make your unique contribution to the world.
When you're considering Self Employment, your personal passions are important for deciding both what you do and how you do it. The more passion you can engage with during your preparation phase, the more you'll feel in the flow and the more fun you'll have, and this in turn will boost your energy.
If you're already Self Employed and you're not enjoying it as much as you thought, it's likely your business is out of alignment with your passions. There might be areas of your business you don't enjoy and still choose to get involved with temporarily, but everyone deserves to thrive in their life and work. Knowing your passions helps you see fresh opportunities for your business to and steer your way towards them.
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