Many High Achieving Women know from a young age that we’re here to make a difference in the world. We may know that we are here for an important reason but have no clue as to what that difference is.
In order to truly understand yourself and discover what difference you are here to make, it is important to uncover your unique gifts and talents, as well as to identify your passion and life purpose.
Discovering Your Passion
“Your passions are the loves of your life … things that are most deeply important to you… things that, when you’re doing them or talking about them, light you up … When you follow your passion you love your life.”
(Chris & Janet Atwood, The Passion Test)
When you find your passion and live your life aligned with it, you feel truly joyful, fulfilled, and at peace. It lights your fire and fuels your enthusiasm for life. You feel that you are indeed doing something that makes a difference in the world and you feel alive.
We all have unique gifts and talents to share with the world. I invite you to do a short exercise.
My Unique Strengths and Talents
|Things I’m good at that come easily; e.g. mathematics, writing, athletics …||Things I enjoy doing; e.g. being in nature, playing piano, teaching others …|
i) Fill in the table above. Don’t take a lot of time to think about it. Write down the first things that come to mind.
ii) Circle the items that are similar or identical from each list.
iii) Rate each of the circled items on a scale from 1 to 10 according to how much it excites you/the level of passion you feel around it – “1” being “no interest at all” and “10” being “red hot”
Another clue as to whether something is a passion is if you lose track of time when you’re doing it (e.g. editing film, doing photography … )
iv) From the above, identify your top 3 to 5 passions .
Just being good at something doesn’t mean it is your passion or will fulfill you if you work in that area. I’m sure you know someone who was good at math, went on to study mathematics, taught it at school or university and over time was miserable and not at all happy teaching math everyday. So what we’re good at can provide clues to our passions but are not necessarily connected with them. Things we enjoy doing; e.g. connecting with and inspiring others, are usually better clues to what may be our passions. A passion is often a blend of what we love and what we’re good at. As well, your passions may change over your life-time.
What was your experience with the “unique strengths and talents” exercise. Did you learn anything new? Did it confirm to you that you’re on your path? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. Please share the post with others you think would appreciate it.