Can’t find your passion? Ask different questions.

Can’t figure out what you want? Try asking yourself questions other than “what do I want to do with my life?” or “what is my passion?” to help uncover your dreams.

At Sole Strivers, we developed the D.R.E.A.M. system of goal attainment which stands for Dream, Research, Evaluate, Act, and Measure. The first step is to imagine your ideal life. Below are a few prompts to get you started.

What would you like to achieve in the next three years?
Think big. Even “impossible” dreams contain parts that can be achieved.

What do you dislike about your life?
What bothers you most about the items on your list? What is the opposite of those things you listed?

When was the last time you had a great day?
What made it great? Describe the day including details like your location, companions, length of day, and time of year.

Do you have goals you’re afraid to pursue because pursuing or attaining them might have negative impacts on your loved ones?
Is there a way to lessen the potential damage (e.g., continuing to work in current career while preparing for a new one) ?

What do you do during your free time?
Be honest. Avoid being critical of the activities you enjoy as they may provide valuable clues. For example, if you love watching reality shows, it could point to an interest in psychology, coaching, writing fiction books, and or blogging about reality shows. Or it could just mean that you like laughing at silly behavior and that’s ok, too.

What do you love about your life today (e.g., relationships, health, activities, career) ?
How will you maintain the enjoyable parts of your life while you work toward an “improved” future?

I hope answering these questions brings you closer to discovering your true interests. Here’s wishing you a joyful week.

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