“…And a last born will exhibit characteristics of charm, and a social and outgoing personality. They look for opportunities to have fun.”
I was on fire. It was 1999, and I was standing on stage, presenting my high school senior thesis on “Birth Order Psychology.” As I saw it, the parents and teachers were enthralled – hanging on my every word. Every few moments, a burst of laughter would erupt from the crowd in response to a witty comment I had woven into my speech. I was on cloud nine.
I had no idea then that thirteen years later, I would come full-circle and find myself passionately interested in a similar topic – personality styles and how our wiring affects our behavior and outlook.
Back then, my favorite book was The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman. Now, I am deeply interested in understanding my own behavior and how my behavioral style can complement or clash with another style. I read books on psychology and when I come across traits that match up with a friend, family or colleague I actually get goosebumps from excitement!
How can I care so much about this topic? Because it is ingrained deep within me to be passionate about it. I was wired to care about personalities! I’ve been searching to find what my passions are and it turns out they were directly in front of me!
Are you having difficulty putting a finger on what you feel passionate about? Answering the below questions will help you to identify what truly makes you come alive:
1). What do I read about in my free time?
2). What do I often choose to talk about with my friends?
3). If my bills were paid for the next 12 months, I would I _____________ with my free time.
4). I often search the internet for ___________________.
5). I find that whenever I am _____________________ the time just gets away from me. Hours could pass and I would have no idea!
6). What are your top three favorite movies? What common thread can you find amongst the three of these? (this idea taken from Adam Rico @ workyouenjoy.com).
7). What enrages or disgusts you? (Yes, this can also identify your passion… after all, a passion is a powerful feeling, such as love or hate).
As you are able to answer these questions, it will begin to direct you in the way of your passions.
What about you?
Have you identified what sets you on fire? What makes you come alive? Share your experience in the comment section.