How to fuel your passion into motivation

Fuel your motivation

Feeling unmotivated? Then it might be time to start fuelling your passion. Whether you’re looking for the incentive to get ahead in your career or make strides in your personal life, tapping into what you love doing will help drive this.

In this article, we dig deeper into the different ways you can fuel your passion, find motivation and get more out of life.

Find your passion

First things first, what is your passion? For some, the answer is easy. But for most of us, it requires a lot more effort. It can take time, serious amounts of thought and plenty of trial and error. However, there are few questions you can ask yourself to start the process. For example:

  • What are you drawn to?
  • What have you always dreamed of doing?
  • What skills seem to come naturally?
  • Could you turn those skills into a living?
  • What to the people around you ask your advice on?
  • What do you want to create?
  • What activity can you lose yourself in?

Keep in mind that finding your passion can often be a lifelong journey. There are no wrong answers here – so don’t be afraid to be as creative as you like with your answers.

Give your passion time

Nurturing your passion is important. Without giving it the proper attention it deserves, your motivation will suffer. But time doesn’t just appear out of thin air. You have to make room for it, plan around it, schedule it into your timetable, and most importantly – stick to it.

Dedicating time to your passion looks different to everyone. Whatever it is you love doing, start by giving it the time it needs to flourish.

Get qualified

One of the simplest ways to fuel your passion is by studying. To begin with, look into educational courses that offer recognised qualifications. For example, short courses or programs in your local area are very popular and efficient ways to getting qualified.

There’s always a good chance your passion is something that can be developed through extra learning.

In fact, studying your passion will help expand your knowledge, build new skills, force you to think differently and encourage you to meet like-minded people. Ultimately, working in a field that you’re passionate about is a huge reason to keep moving forward – personally and professionally.

Set yourself goals

To develop your passion, it helps to set specific goals. Think big and small (and out of the box too).

  • What do you want to achieve by the end of the day?
  • What do you want to be accomplished by the end of the week?
  • What about in the next two years?

While having an end goal in mind is great (e.g. completing a course for qualification, getting published, or finding employment) it’s also important to have smaller goals – the ones that keep you motivated on a day-to-day basis. These could be simple wellness goals, such as going for a walk, catching up with a friend, or eating healthier.

Build up a support network

Family members, colleagues, tutors, coaches, fellow students and friends. These are the people who can be part of your support network. They can give you moral support, professional advice and keep you accountable for reaching your goals.

If they share your interests, they can also inspire you – and you can encourage each other to reach your goals. If you’re having trouble finding people to support you, start by looking into local groups, both offline and online. Join meetups, attend networking events, or reach out to people in your course.

Have fun

This one is easy to forget. While passion might fuel motivation, it’s fun that fuels passion. We often feel stressed and pressured to reach our goals, but without enjoying the process, it can be much harder to achieve success.

It’s important to be patient and embrace the journey. When it comes to fuelling your passion, remember that every opportunity and experience has its place – and each will give you new skills or knowledge needed to move forward.

Stick with it

When it comes down to it, it’s up to you to stay committed. But don’t give up if things aren’t panning out, you start feeling unmotivated, or you’re running into any difficulties. Just keep in mind these tips, lean on the people close to you and remember that even if find your passion, fuelling it is a lifelong process.

Author Bio

Caroline Schmidt writes the blogs for Kangan Institute. She is passionate about education, careers, and giving advice to students of all ages.

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