How to Turn Anything Into a Passion in 4 Steps

by STEVE BLOOM

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A lot of people seem to have a hard time finding something to be passionate about. They think that if they just wait long enough something will eventually come along. But I think this is the wrong approach. Finding your greatest passions requires you to be a lot more active.

In fact, I think you can build up as many passions in your life as you want. I’ve always found it funny that people seem to limit themselves to just one or two. Personally speaking, I have several. All it takes is the right steps to make it happen.

Build a Passion

Obviously the first thing you need is to find something you’re interested in becoming passionate about. This could be anything like surfing, traveling, chess, reading, movies; the list could go on. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried it before, you can still make it work.

You can try this with something you don’t like, but really why would you waste your time on something you hate? The point of having a passion is for it to enhance your life and make it better. Don’t try and force something that doesn’t really fit.

These steps are here to integrate this passion into your life. As you go through each step, the goal is to make your choice something you do more, understand in a deeper way and genuinely care about. And really, that’s what a passion is.

Here are the four steps:

1. Start doing it

You can’t be passionate about something without actually doing it. So you need to try it out right away. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not, just do it.

The good thing about starting it right away is that you get a feel for what the activity is all about. If you’ve never tried it before, you might have pre-conceived notions. So instead of seeing it for what it might be, you see it for what it really is.

Once you’ve tried it a few times, you can decide if it really is something that’s right for you. I’d only give up on it if you really dislike it. It’s natural to not be too excited about something the first few times so you really need to keep going as long as you’re having fun.

Make time for your new passion and do it on a regular basis. As soon as you’ve made it a regular part of your routine, move on to step two.

2. Learn everything about it

A big part of becoming passionate about something is learning everything about it. This will increase your knowledge and understanding of the activity in a very deep way. As you learn, you integrate the activity into who you are and make it a general part of your life.

No matter what activity it is you’re trying to become passionate about, there are always books websites, videos or magazines to read and explore. Just about everything from rock climbing to chess has videos and magazines. Check them out and absorb as much of the content as you can.

Learn the lingo and history about the activity. Figure out if there are any notable people associated with it. For example, there are notable mountain climbers, surfers, travelers, writers and chess players. Whatever passion you’re pursuing, there is probably someone famous for doing it.

3. Become obsessed

If you’ve made this activity something you regularly do and learn about, you’ll eventually find that you become a little obsessed with it. You’ll naturally start to think about it all the time. You might start to talk about it to people you know and even make friends with people who have that same interest.

I consider this the key moment when turning something into a passion becomes much easier. Because you’ve started to think about it more, you’re more intrinsically motivated to seek it out and make it a part of your life. Once you’ve reached this point, the next step becomes much easier.

4. Integrate it into your life

The final step is to integrate your passion into your life. At this point it’s become a part of who you are. If you’ve integrated it fully enough, this passion will probably be something people associate with you.

Just make sure that it doesn’t take over who you are. Your passion should be enhancing your life and bringing you a lot of joy. Keep it all balanced. Your passions should always be something that makes your life better; not something that takes over your life. I know too many people who have had their passions take over their lives and it isn’t a good thing.

Finding Your Passion

I consider myself very fortunate to have found so many passions in my life. And I attribute that to the approach I take to getting them. You don’t get more passions by finding them; you get more passions by integrating them into your life. It can be a simple, but effective change.

Finding passions in life is important. They’re what make you excited about waking up in the morning and are the foundation of a well-lived life. Think of this quote by T. Alan Armstrong, “If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived?”
photo credit: Frank Wuestefeld

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Comments

  1. Hi Steve – Writing is my passion but I didn’t realise until I started doing it. Now I do it both for a job and as a hobby. I’m not sure if that puts me in stage 3 or 4..!

    • Hi Liv, I’d say that this puts you in step 4. It’s been made a part of your life at this point and is something people know you for doing. I’m glad you found a great passion like writing. It’s one of mine too.

  2. So well said steve. I’m going to have my younger son read this. I want to add too that for me, when i take on a new “Passion”. I have to immerse myself in it. I don’t try to take on 2 new passions at the same time. Not if i want to excel or get really into them. Adding new passions to your arsenal is what makes life so interesting. Without them, life is just BLAHHHHHH!!

  3. Yep – I’m with Annie (and you) on this one – you have to dive right in!

    Love the point about integrating into your life – which for me is an important step to be able to indulge my passions.

    I would love to be able to have Annie’s discipline in taking them on one at a time though – I could start a website http://www.toomanypassions.com – in fact maybe I’ll scoot off to godaddy and check out if that domain is taken…

  4. a lot of us keep talking about pursuing our passions but here’s a blog post that actually tells you how. Thanks for this Steve!

  5. I love step #3. I become obsessed about stuff frequently. I just have to make sure that I don’t get obsessed with too many things at once cause it tends to get me overwhelmed. But all things considered, that’s an OK problem to have. :)

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