Finding our passion is really learning to hear the voice of our heart. This voice is never timid, lukewarm, or insipid. It doesn’t use the word “should.” When we connect with an idea, object, or person that generates passion, the voice of our heart exclaims, “That’s for me!”

Unfortunately, that voice has many enemies that try to drown it out. Our own doubts, fears, and lack of confidence can dim it—and so can the opinions of others, a busy schedule, and lack of self-awareness. Even so, no matter how deeply it gets buried, the voice of our heart keeps trying to be heard. How can we turn up the volume?

Accept responsibility for it. Finding your passion is a do-it-yourself project, one that requires constant monitoring of your feelings, imagination, and self-image.

Make self-discovery a high priority. The more you know about yourself, the easier it is to hear your heart speak. Self-discovery is not a one-time experience. It take place over a lifetime and demands that you keep asking questions, trying new things, and staying open to new possibilities.

Follow your hunches. If your intuition is urging you to learn the tango, don’t dismiss it. Remember how you felt as a child when you came running home excited about something you had done in school and nobody would pay attention? When we ignore our hunches, we impose that same damper on ourselves.

Dump your doubts. Anytime we have an unrealized dream, there’s a good chance that we also have an excuse to explain why we haven’t done what we wanted to do. Stop treating your excuses as the voice of reason, admit that they’re the story you made up, and hit “delete.” Realize, too, that it’s possible to keep your doubts and still take action.

Understand that routine can be the enemy of passion. If you do everything in the same way at the same time day after day, you may become efficient, but you won’t become passionate. Passion comes when we shake things up, allow ourselves to be surprised, explore. You can’t do that if you’re tied to a rigid schedule.

Know that you are capable of multiple passions. Studies have shown that the more sources of passion we have, the happier we are. Passions change during different stages of our lives. Many people seem to think they’re going to find One Grand Passion, but people who live passion-filled lives are usually passionate about many things.

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