20 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion

I was sitting in New York City, in a beautiful loft apartment during one of my trainings as an energy healer. Sunlight was filtering through the tall windows. My teacher Rob Jokel was describing research where very-ill people had been offered a simple way to do something they loved, like dipping a paintbrush into paint and brushing it across paper, and their health started to improve!

I’ve never forgotten that moment. It was like an ah-ha. It felt so right! I believe doing things we love in a flow state–that zone where the rest of the world falls away–helps everything get better.

I also believe that no one can tell us what our thing is. We have to figure it out for ourselves. Here are some questions that might help.

#1 ~ What did you love doing as a kid?

What was your favorite thing to do when you were a kid? If you could have had a full day as a child doing whatever you wanted to do, how would you have spent your time? Make a list. There is more than one thing.

#2 ~ What did you love doing as a young adult?

What was an activity you loved to do as a young adult?

#3 ~ When have you been in flow?

Imagine a time you were in flow (lost track of time, felt a sense of inner peace). What were you doing?

#4 ~ When have you been most helpful to others?

What is something positive you did for someone that really made an impact or changed their life for the better?

#5 ~ When have you felt happy?

What are three of your happiest moments? What do they have in common?

#6 ~ What good things did they tell you?

What subject did you like best in school? Did a teacher, parent or adult role model ever tell you you were good at something? What was it?

#7 ~ What are you curious about?

What’s something you are curious about or a topic you are interested in that you don’t know much about? (It can be anything, a career, something you saw on a documentary or on TV, an idea or concept you heard once…)

#8 ~ What was your dream for your life?

What’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing but never had the chance? What do you want more than anything in the world? (Even if it’s a possession, chances are it has something to do with something you love to do.)

#9 ~ What makes you feel jealous?

Who is someone you are really jealous of? Who do you find yourself competing with? What do they have that you want? Envy can be a sign that something is calling to us.

#10 ~ Whom do you admire?

Whom is someone you truly admire or would like to be like someday? What is it about this person that you admire most?

#11 ~ Where do you want to live?

Where would you love to live someday (even if you don’t think it’s possible)? Why? What would you enjoy doing when you lived there?

#12 ~ What other careers interest you?

If you could have chosen a different career and your success was completely guaranteed (or you didn’t have to worry about making money), what would you choose?

#13 ~ What do you love to buy?

If you had all the money in the world and complete freedom over your time, how would you spend it?

#14 ~ What might you be good at?

What’s something you might be good at, but you’ve never had a chance to explore or study or learn?

#15 ~ What are you bad at (but still enjoy)?

What’s something you wish you were good at?

#16 ~ What would your twin do?

If you had a twin and you were complete opposites, what would she (or he) be doing with her life? Is there anything about that that sounds interesting or fun?

#17 ~ What is a waste of time?

What’s something you’ve seen people do that seems really ridiculous or a waste of time? What advice would someone who does that tell you?

#18 ~ What would you NEVER do for fun?

What’s something lots of people enjoy doing that you’d NEVER want to try? Why not?

#19 ~ What would you do everyday if you could?

What’s something you wish you could do everyday? What could you do in your life that’s kind of like that? For example, if you wish you could go out on a boat everyday but don’t live near water, could you take a bath everyday and float a plastic boat in the tub when you do? I know it sounds ridiculous and silly, it’s supposed to!

#20 ~ What do you LOVE to do?

What are 100 activities that you love to do (if you can’t think of 100 try writing silly things like wiggling my toe, tapping my fingers to music, petting my dog, etc.). Be really specific.

The Most Important Question

Now, take a look at what you’ve come up with. Do any ideas seem like they’d be fun to try? Which one seems the absolute craziest that has the least to do with what you think you are “supposed” to be creating with your life? (Sometimes the things we resist most are hidden gems.) Which one sounds the most fun?

Our passions might not even make sense, but the more we do them, I’ve found the happier we become, and the better everything works in our lives. Maybe it’s because they connect us to who we really are.

If a certain activity doesn’t jump out at you, ask yourself:

What is my soul yearning to do?

If we really tune in, we can often connect with a deep yearning. Perhaps try it and if doesn’t feel right, try something else. Keep it simple. Perhaps think of it as a giant experiment and see what happens.

In my own life, I have found that doing what we love is one of the greatest forms of self-care there is.

Join Our Flow Challenge!

Many of us have joined together to do something short, just five minutes a day, that helps us experience joy and flow. There is something really powerful about doing this in community. Like anything we do that is truly good for us on the highest levels, when we commit to entering a state of positive state of flow everyday, we heal our hearts, heal our homes and heal the world.

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