One of the most popular posts on my blog over the years was one I wrote in 2012 called “5 Ways To Feel Fulfilled After Losing Your Passion”. Over the next few months, I want to expand on my original list, share each of the 5 ways to feel fulfilled in more depth and from a newer view point.
Keep a journal OR write out all your thoughts and feelings as often as you can.
I give this advice to almost everyone who comes to me for anything. Feeling depression? Write. Don’t know what is triggering your anxiety? Write. New mother? Write.
It’s not about becoming a writer, or knowing perfect grammar. It’s about getting out all the stuff that is built up inside of you. When you are dealing with negative emotions, it can be easy to just keep it bottled up. You don’t want to deal with it, you don’t want to bother your friends with it. You don’t feel depressed enough to see a therapist so it just stays inside, untouched.
That’s the worst thing to do in any situation but specifically when you have lost your passion or are trying to find a new one. You need to get out what is inside, so you can start to see where you want to go.
You can use it as a place to complain about life, to praise yourself and the things you love about you and your life. You can take some time to brainstorm what you love the most, what makes you overjoyed and what you want to do with the rest of your life. Just get your words down.
Using a journal can help you get to a better state of mind and show where your passions truly are. [tweet this!]
One thing I’ve learned over the years as a visual and written journal-er is that themes crop up again and again and again, even when I’m not consciously putting them in there. I wrote things in my journal when I was 17 that help me look at my life and my career now and say, “Yes, this is what I’m meant to do.”
Share in the comments: How have you coped after losing your passion or career goals in life? How have you helped other people or gone out of your way to be kind and helpful?