“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Do you find yourself feeling like you’ve lost your passion – or wondering if you ever had any at all? If you are, you’re not alone. These days, a lot of people find themselves in the same situation. But how do you figure out what your passion is and exactly WHY do you feel so … not passionate?
A lot of people assume that someone who hasn’t found their passion yet is just sad or depressed, but the truth is that there could be any number of reasons – none of which have to do with depression.
Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s true that when you are struggling to find any passion for anything, you might feel as if you have no purpose. You might be apathetic and feel unmotivated. and you are apathetic. Why would you struggle with not being able to find it within you to become passionate about something?
5 Reasons Why You Have No Passion (and How to Fix That!)
Let’s go over 5 different possibilities as to why you have no passion – and the possible solutions for each one.
1. You Don’t Know Yourself
There is a good chance that you have not found any passion because you don’t really know what you want. You are living in a fast-paced world by going through the motions. And if you are doing that, it is not a surprise that you would not feel any passion. The best thing to do is to slow down, take time to meditate, do some yoga, and be sure to wind down each night before bed. Once you are able to slow down, you will begin to know yourself and develop some passions.
2. Your Diet Isn’t Helping
What are you eating? How is your diet? Are you eating too many processed foods and too much sugar? That could be why you’re struggling with finding your passion, believe it or not! That’s because those foods cloud your thinking and cause you to become quite unmotivated. Perhaps switching your diet to limiting sugar intake and eating mostly organic foods will give you a clearer mind. Even just incorporating more whole foods into your diet can help in surprising ways. Your motivation levels will also increase.
3. Your Beliefs Are Self-Limiting
You may believe that you are not good enough to be passionate about anything, and this could be based on the experiences you had during childhood. Perhaps your parents didn’t properly encourage you, so you sort of gave up on yourself. The best thing to do is to work with a therapist or coach who can help you change your story so you can find the very thing you are passionate about.
4. You Don’t Have Any Fun In Your Life
Your life is busy, and there’s a chance that you might feel overly bogged down by responsibilities. It might feel sort of hard to find much fun in life. But that’s part of why you might be struggling to find your passion. So, in order to facilitate more fun in your life, what you need to do is to find some private time and sit with yourself. Use this time to relax and let your mind wander a bit. Figure out exactly what might feel like fun to you. Ask yourself what you really want to do. It may not be realistic based on your current situation, and that’s okay. For example, you might wish you could travel the world, but you still have young kids to take care of. But what if you can do it one day? Maybe you could promise yourself to take more day trips or weekend getaways with the family – and then actually plan and follow through with it. And speaking of planning, you could always plan your big world-trip now – even if you’ve got a few years before it’ll be a reasonable option. That’s totally okay! Even if you cannot travel the world just now, it wouldn’t hurt you to find some respite so you can get away from your responsibilities every now and then. A little space and free time might just be the thing you need to find your passion!
5. Fear Paralyzes You
Maybe you know what you want, but you’re afraid to take action to get it. You might be avoiding your passions due to not having enough money, time, or experience. But in reality, you’re allowing your fear to stop you from living. After all, how will you get anywhere if you don’t try? Maybe getting a second job can help you make more money for what you want to do, or starting a little side-hustle could help. Check out this list of work-from-home jobs you could try. You don’t have to do everything at once. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do and what you don’t have, consider taking stock of what you CAN do and what you do have – and as for how you can start living your passion? It’s easier than you think. You can start allowing yourself to build it up over time. This way, you can feel more comfortable – and hopefully, stop procrastinating. Take baby steps – it works like a charm.
What are you waiting for? Start finding your passion today. By the way, if you’re still struggling to figure it out, you might like to know that there is a free, downloadable Passion Finder over at QueenBeeing – go grab yours now!
Best Books to Help You Find Your Passion
These books might also be helpful in finding your passion.
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. You are a Badass; How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero
3. The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making
by Jon Vroman and Hal Elrod
4. Find Your Hedgehog and Stop Working: When You Find Your Passion, Work Stops Being Work
by Socrate Exantus and Cassandra Exantus
5. The Passion Test by Janet and Chris Attwood
6. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
7. Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It
by Bob Goff
8. Fear Is Not the Boss of You: How to Get Out of Your Head and Live the Life You Were Made For
by Jennifer Allwood
9. Change Maker: Turn Your Passion for Health and Fitness into a Powerful Purpose and a Wildly Successful Career
by John Berardi
10. Dominate Life: How to Get Clarity, Find Your Passion, and Live a Life You Love
by Keara Palmay and AJ Mihrzad