Discovering what you’re passionate about is a constant learning process—what inspires you at the start of your career may take a complete 180-degree turn after experience in the industry, and that’s completely normal. With 2018 quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions and reevaluate what excites you most.
If you have lost your sense of zeal or don’t even know what you’re passionate about anymore, that’s okay. Psychotherapist Barton Goldsmith, who was named by Cosmopolitan as one of America’s top therapists, says you should always “know that passions can change since change is part of the human condition.” In an article for Psychology Today, Goldsmith explains that passion can come from discovering your gifts and sharing them with the rest of the world.
Ask yourself these three questions to reset, recharge, and reignite your passions.
What are your hobbies?
“Add your experiences up, and the total may surprise you. Then get quiet, and listen to your heart to find out what you want to do next,” says Goldsmith. You are more than an employee, a friend, and a spin lover. Think about everything that you enjoy doing and are involved in on a weekly basis. What are your hobbies? What do you do that that wish you could do more of?
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Maybe you wanted to be a fashion designer, a doctor, a writer, a singer, or royalty. Although some of these childhood dreams may not be the most practical career choices (we all can’t find a real-life Prince Charming), others may provide a map to realign your interests and redraw a new career path. Goldsmith says, “if you can’t trace how you got to where you are today, you can look at people you admire and think about how he or she got to where they are. This will give you some new ideas.”
What would you do with your time if money were no issue?
What would make you excited to get up out of bed and go to work every day? Goldsmith says, “if you can’t imagine what you would be doing, it’s time to defy gravity and add a little of what you love to your life.” If you are passionate about cooking but work as an accountant, you could start taking cooking classes a couple of times a week to keep yourself happy. If you are a doctor but love to make art, you could take up ceramics in your spare time. Listen to your heart and figure out what you love to do, and then make the time to do it.