July 16, 2015

Are you Living Your Passion? 5 Questions to Ask Your Grown-Up Self

By Amanda Fernandes, Project Happiness Regional Director, Caribbean

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We’ve all been asked this question one too many times over the course of our childhood. For some of us, the answer was always emphatic and unwavering: a doctor, a lawyer, a mechanic, a teacher. Something. Anything.

For others, mapping out the future wasn’t that simple and even now, as we’re all “grown up”, we’re still not quite sure where we’re supposed to be and what we’re supposed to be doing. And that’s OK.

“Happiness is a journey not a destination.” – Ben Sweetland

We’re programmed to place so much emphasis on the profession, the title, and the economics associated with both, that some of us lose sight of the fact that the universal answer to this age-old question is actually much less complicated than we think. After all, when we grow up, what we want most is to be happy, safe, and content with where we are in life and who we’re with.

So even if you’re still uncertain of your exact career path, there’s no need to worry. The trick is to ask yourself five key questions that will help you explore what you’re doing, be honest about why we’re doing it, and get you even closer to finding your true path – if you haven’t already found it!

What do you love?

Think about your passion. What do you enjoy doing most? Can this be translated into a career? If so, you’re in luck, because when you do what you love you’ll be continuously inspired to do your very best and all of a sudden your job won’t feel like ‘work’.

What are your strengths?

We all have something we’re good at. What is your special talent and what industries or fields does it exist in? Consider roles where your strengths will enable you to function optimally and you will not only be good at what you do, but you’ll also feel a great sense of pride in your achievements.

What gives you fulfilment?

Sculptor young artist artisan working sculpting sculptureIt’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and become comfortable with simply delivering on routine tasks. Instead of being satisfied with the mundane however, take the time to consider what inspires you to be the best possible version of yourself. Challenge yourself to engage in activities that will allow you to touch lives (either directly or indirectly) and add a sense of purpose to your life.

What is holding you back?

It’s natural to resist change due to fear of the unknown, however facing your fears is one of the best things that you can do for your personal and professional development. Worried about a downward shift in income? Ability to find another job? Well you’ll never know unless you try, so identify your concerns, address them, and take a measured leap of faith.

How do get where you want to go?

Man on top“I’ll just drop everything and pursue my dream.” This is way easier said than done and rightly so. It’s of utmost importance to have a plan. Having a short term and a long term plan of what you would like to achieve and how you would like to achieve it will help to keep you on track and ultimately help you to achieve lasting happiness.
I challenge you to reflect on your life and ask yourself these five questions. You may be surprised by what you discover. It’s OK if you are still unsure about what you want to be now that you’re adult, what is important is that you happy with where you are going and how you are getting there. After all, to borrow the wise words of Ben Sweetland, “Happiness is a journey not a destination.”