How Discovering Your Passions Can Improve Your Quality of Life

A Simple Truth About Passions

I’ve come to realize that the people who have the best quality of life are not the richest. They aren’t the ones with the most free time. They aren’t the ones we see on TV and in magazines. The people living life at the fullest are the ones who have discovered their passions and are living in them!

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We are all born with passion inside of us. But, most people do not know or realize what they are passionate about. I have spoken to many people about discovering their passions. The response I receive is almost always the same. “I have no idea what I’m passionate about.

You may be saying the same thing today; but I have good news! Discovering your passion is not as difficult as you may think.

Definition of Passion: An intense desire or enthusiasm for something that is done consistently.

You may still be saying, “I don’t know what makes me feel this way.” And you’re certainly not alone in saying that. In fact, I believe that most people would answer the same way when asked about their passions. However, this leads me to another word that I want to share the definition of. The word is hobby. I believe that our hobbies can either hinder us or lead us to our passions.

Definition of Hobby: An activity done in one’s leisure time for pleasure.

The definition of hobby certainly sounds more like what we’re used to; doesn’t it? Here is where the problem presents itself. We live in a society where our priority is on pleasure and leisure. We live hobby based lifestyles; which is very dangerous.

The Problem with Prioritizing Leisure Time

Leisure time is addictive. We crave it. Society says we need it. Many of our leisure time hobbies have no benefit at all. Watching TV, playing video games and scrolling through social media will never add value to your life. In fact, it’s actually proven that these things will cause you to live a substantially shorter life.

Prioritizing leisure time for mindless hobbies is dangerous because it hinders you from exploring your true passions. But, some hobbies (not listed above) can potentially turn into your passions!

Consistency is What Separates an Individual’s Hobbies from Their Passions

Have you allowed your so-called hobbies to turn into unhealthy passions? What I am implying is that watching TV and scrolling through social media has created a suppression of true passion and has actually become what we are most passionate about doing. Think about how many hours each day most people spend on these things; it’s the most consistent part about most of our lives.

By no means am I calling myself perfect or saying that I don’t watch TV or spend time on social media at all. Yes, sometimes I still get things backwards. I catch myself putting my hobbies over my passions. However, when I fall into this, I take time to reflect and get myself back to where I am supposed to be.

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A very practical way that I have overcome this is by scheduling my leisure time. I schedule time to watch TV on Thursday nights; you’ll never see me turn on a TV any other night of the week. I also schedule my social media time; I only get on Facebook on Saturday’s. It’s leisure time so it takes no priority.

4 Steps That Will Help You Discover Your Passions:

Your passions are already inside of you. It is up to you to avoid the hobbies that suppress passions and do things that bring them out. Here are four great questions to ask yourself:

1. What am I enthusiastic about; what makes me feel alive? – This is your passion!
2. What is my time consistently spent doing? – Counterproductive hobby or potential passion?
3. Could one of these productive hobbies become a passion? – What can you do with it?
4. What can I minimize in my life to make time for what I am enthusiastic about? – Develop a plan!

I encourage you to write these four questions down on paper. Spend a substantial amount of time to answer them truthfully. The best place to do this is in solitude, away from people and technology. This includes your phone! I firmly believe that you will come back from this time with inspirations about your passions that you’ve never had before.

Discovering your passions will improve your quality of life. Passion leads to purpose. Purpose leads to fulfillment. Fulfillment leads to increased energy, happiness and excitement. If you begin keeping your passions and hobbies in the correct order; I firmly believe your life will be forever changed!

What is one unproductive hobby that you can limit or remove from your life?

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

10 thoughts on “How Discovering Your Passions Can Improve Your Quality of Life

  1. Alright Alex, talk about #NailedIt. This is so true about leisure time, “Leisure time is addictive.” Our society has grown used to being able to do nothing and for that to be the new norm. We need to not settle for laziness. Food for thought for sure!

  2. This is an interesting distinction that I hadn’t thought about before. I want some of my hobbies to become passions. And perhaps some of the things that I thought I was passionate about are the things I need to do more consistently!

  3. Great stuff Alex. I have also felt the pull to limit my time spent in front of the TV and instead read more books, spend time outside, and do more biblical devotions with my wife. When I do this I come away refreshed and energized much like you said below;

    “Passion leads to purpose. Purpose leads to fulfillment. Fulfillment leads to increased energy, happiness and excitement.”

    1. You’re the man bro! I’m in the process of implementing more reading into my schedule; it doesn’t come natural to me all the time, but I’m getting better! You’re an inspiration.

  4. The concept of passion is worth considering. Like you Alex I have been channeling my passion for Christian Apologetics and deep thinking by writing for my blog https://escapethebox.blog/blog/ I invite anyone who shares this passion to take a look. Thanks for your post Alex.

  5. I love this!!! Currently, I am in the process of finding who I am and God’s purpose. You are truly right about how watching tv or being on social media can have a big effect on our life, in a not so good way. It can also prevent us from finding our passions.

    Please follow me at simplyenblog.wordpress.com I am new at blogging and I would like it if you give me advice.

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