If you struggle with the question, "What are you passionate about?" you're in much better (and much bigger) company than you probably realize.
When I was younger, I thought I was passionate about a lot of things – music, movies, faith, girls, Star Trek...
But in reality what I was truly passionate about was just feelingpassionate. Once the flame died, on to the next fire I'd move.
It's tempting to rely on Hollywood's romantic formula for defining what it means to be passionate about something (or someone).
And because I did this for so long, even now, when I am alone with my thoughts considering the question, "What am I passionate about?", I can still struggle to provide an answer.
Because the Hollywood formula is both backwards and incomplete.
"Dear world, offer me something I’m passionate about and I’ll show up with all of my energy, effort and care!"
Where's the commitment? It's easy to show up, but without commitment it's equally as easy to walk away. Because nothing is good enough to earn your passion before you do it. Perhaps, in concept, it’s worthy, but as soon as you closely examine the details, the benefits... and the pitfalls, it’s easy to decide it’s better to wait for a better offer. Or if you already jumped in with both feet, once your feet begin to ache (or wonder) to run off after something else.
Passion and commitment are inseparable.
But what if you reverse and complete the formula?
"Dear world, offer me a chance to contribute, and I’ll commit to work on it, with focus, and once I begin to make progress, I’ll become passionate about it!"
Committed activity – before passion – measures our craft and calling in terms of contribution, not in a romanticized notion of perfection. Passion comes from feeling needed, from approaching mastery, from doing work that matters.
To find your passion, commit yourself to doing work that matters. Contribute to the best interest of someone and something else. And feel the rush of being needed, wanted, and trusted.