Examples could include: playing an instrument, hiking, swimming, basketball, helping people, volunteering, investing, reading, video games, etc.. Don’t overthink it, just start writing down things that light you up or make you feel good when you’re doing them.
Now, number them 1-20(+). The order does not matter. Next, compare the first thing(1) you wrote with the second(2). Which one can you not live without? Which are you most passionate about? If it is 1, now you compare 1 to 3 and do the same thing. If you are more passionate about 3, compare 3 to 4 and so on until you go through the whole list the first time through. Now you have your #1 passion. Do the process again but this time take out the one you have already chosen. Repeat this 5 times so you have 5 ultimate passions at the end.
If you’re having trouble with this exercise, you can just select 5 things you wrote down that feel right at this moment. The goal here is to get the top 5 things you are passionate about.
Once you have your top 5, for example…
1. Spending time with family.
2. Hiking and being in nature.
3. Assisting people to live better lives.
4. Working out and healthy living.
So maybe you could be a fitness trainer and nutritionist that takes people on retreats around the world and helps them get fit and healthy in fun, adventurous and unique ways. And THAT provides the money and lifestyle to spend a lot of time with your family or even bring them with you. You want to think of a way to integrate as many passions into your business and life as possible.
This is a very important step. This exercise was created by Janet Atwood and used in her NY Best Selling Book “The Passion Test”. If you want to dive further into this subject, I recommend reading this book. If you want help to discover your passions or want a coach to assist you in building and living your purpose, Dallas Michael Cyr is one of the most reputable mentors for teaching and helping people find their true self, passion, and purpose. If you are interested and have the resources to hire a coach/mentor and fast track your personal success and the success of your business, go to the link below to find out about his Ignite Purpose Programs, Masterminds, and Coaching. Dallas is one of my personal mentors and I go through this Passion Test several times a year.