Discover Your Passion: 10 More Steps



Passion is an amazing resource, that every person can access. But you do need to do more than ‘wishing and hoping’ to discover your passion.

These 10 steps are in addition to my earlier article “7 Key Steps to discover your Passion”.

Please read that article as it will be helpful to you if you have not already done so.

These 10 practical, proven and powerful steps will assist you on your journey of discovery. The more time you spend contemplating the ideas, writing down your insights, and exploring the ideas with your trusted friends, the greater will be your success!

“And the greatest success you can have”, suggested Socrates, “is to say that you examined your life and that your awareness about yourself has increased.”

The 10 Steps …

1. What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your life and what did you learn from them?

2. What are the biggest risks you have taken in your life and why did you take them? You will need to explore your thoughts and feelings as they were at that time.

3. Who do you admire and why do you admire them?

4. If you had $20 million in the bank, what would you do with the rest of your life? Sitting about and golfing and sailing will be interesting for about 6 months – then you have to do something or you will die. Three of my friends who were all multi-millionaires at 40, retired, and then returned to the game of life and business before they were 41, risking much of what they had created up to that point in their lives. Humans are not meant to be sitting around, doing nothing.

5. From the answers so far, what have you discovered that you are good at?

6. Read books on personal development for at least one hour per day, every day! For a lengthy list of excellent choices see my book, ‘Passionate People Produce’ (Hay House).

7 Listen to audio CD’s on personal development topics on your iPod or in your car when you are traveling.

8. Take responsibility for your life: don’t play the victim / martyr game by blaming anyone for where you are now at in your life’s journey. It is so easy and seductive to play victim/martyr! You will receive sympathy, attention, and, sometimes, even financial compensation. If you want specific examples of what I mean, look at many of the subjects on television current affairs programs. Yet, playing victim is ultimately depressing, it ‘depresses’ your spirit, and you are highly unlikely to learn anything, leading to repeat the unpleasant experiences again until you learn what you need to learn.

9. Understand that you become what you think about: your thoughts create you and have created you so far. Therefore, please write out your vision of what you wish to become in 50 words or less, and then every day work to control your thinking so you focus on what you wish to be, not on the negative experiences and problems that might be filling your life. Your actions and behaviors are driven by your thoughts. What do you think about most of the time?

10. If your thoughts are too negative, or depressing, or sad, or uninspiring, and you can’t change them, get professional assistance. The best sporting stars in the world almost always have coaches, so you can get a mental coach!

I promise you that if you do the above work, the results will be remarkable.

You will discover a new you.

Charles Kovess

Kovess International

9 November 2011

“Harnessing Passion for World-Class Results!”

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  • Excellent article….loved it………:)

  • Inspiring ! Also a path not well trodden by the many due to the ‘trees’ that often seem to stand in the way of our growth. These tips are beacons in the mist..reach for them !

  • These are great tips to get you started. I recently found myself embarking on my own journey to discover my purpose, or passion in life. Fear has to be one of the biggest obstacles you must overcome. I was amazed at how much I was standing in my own way. Without risk, there is no reward.

    Tip number 9 is also very important. A change to a positive mindset can truly change your path.

    The biggest advice I can give is to have patience. This doesn’t happen overnight. You may be feeling very anxious about your current career, and are ready to take the first leap you can, but take the time to really understand who you are, and what you truly have a desire to do.

    Follow your own heart, surround yourself by supportive people, and press on.

    Kevin P.

    • Hi Kevin P.,

      It sounds like you are really taking it to heart to keep on track. Keep going!