December might be my favorite month of the year.
When I was working full-time it meant a lot of early release days, low productivity and plenty of time off to spend with friends and family.
While I still love December, this year will be unlike the others. I still plan to spend a ton of time with family I’ll be working more than ever to finish the year strong.
The reason I don’t mind working during the holidays, late nights, early mornings, and weekends?
I absolutely love what I’m doing.
Passion is a weird thing, people think that you just find your passion out of thin air or know what you love to do.
That’s not the case.
As Tom Bilyeu taught me, “Passion is something you develop.”
December is a great month to develop your passion. You have time off, you get to be with family and will be planning 2018.
Here are 5 ways to use December to find and develop your passion.
Utilize Your Free Time
If you have some sick days left that expire at the end of the year, take them for “you” days.” Spend those days doing what you always want to do but never have the time.
This doesn’t mean take a sick day and binge watch Netflix. TV isn’t a passion as much as I love it.
Instead, go out and do stuff you have always wanted to try but never think you have free time.
For a friend of mine, this meant taking a flying lesson. For others it could be going to a class, attending a seminar, or starting a side hustle.
Use your free time to start experimenting and trying new things. If something interests you at all, try it.
Try Something New
When I went on a hunt to find my passion in 2015/2016 I did anything I could to get out of my comfort zone and start trying new things.
You need to get uncomfortable and try new things to develop your passion.
For example, I did the following:
Started Reading Every Day
As Tony Robbins says, “Leaders are readers.”
The more you read the smarter you will become. Reading is one of the most common traits that successful people share.
I have bought over 100 books in the last year to always have something to read. Don’t limit yourself to one topic, buy books on anything you are interested in. Reading has become a passion in itself and can also help you learn about new ideas as well.
Check out my recommended books here.
Bought a Camera
I wanted to learn photography so I spent $300 on a non-iPhone camera. Turns out I didn’t love it but still fun and like taking a nice picture occasionally.
Took an Acting Class
Talk about being uncomfortable.
The amount of acting classes in Arizona is slim so I basically enrolled in the only one I could find. Needless to say, I was really out of place but kept going and put myself out there.
While I won’t be winning an Academy Award anytime soon it was still fun and made a great memory.
Started A Blog
I started this blog on a whim because I was passionate about helping people understand their finances. More and more people kept telling me I knew kept asking me for financial help so I figured why not help even more people?
Blogging has since changed my life, helped my publish several books, and eventually leave my full-time job.
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Related Read: The Unbelievable Hidden Benefits of Starting a Blog
Talk With Family
When we are kids our passions run our lives.
We literally spend all our free time doing stuff we love. Whether it was riding bikes, playing sports, or video games I was always doing what I loved.
Somewhere during the whole “I’ve got to become an adult and enter the real world” phase we tend to lose our passions.
We get caught up the same routine. Work, TV, pay bills, family time, sleep. Repeat.
That’s part of life, but you should still find time to do what you love!
When you’re with your family this holiday ask them….
- “What was I passionate about as a kid?”
- “What do you think I’m good at or should pursue more of?”
Often times the answer is right in front of you but you’re too busy that you might not even realize it.
For me, it was golf and finding ways to inspire people.
Everyone will be different but your family has known you your whole life, they can be a huge help when it comes to finding a passion you want to develop.
Reflect on 2017
If you start planning your goals hungover on January 1st chances are they won’t be the best you’ve ever set.
I start planning new changes (not resolutions) at the beginning of December. Look back on 2017 and ask yourself, “How was this year?”
Your 2017 year review should be the big picture, high-level type of thinking. Here are some good questions to start asking yourself:
- Make a career or salary changes? Did you earn enough money?
- Were you happy with how 2017 went?
- Did you gain weight/lose weight or maintain?
- Reach your goals (did you set goals?)
- What are you most proud of? Least proud of?
- Did you start a side hustle (or did you want to but didn’t)?
If there was something you didn’t do this year that you wanted to put it on the calendar for 2018. Maybe you missed seeing your favorite speaker, procrastinated your side business, or didn’t review your goals enough.
Make doing stuff you love and working on things you’re passionate about a big priority for 2018.
Whatever it is, figure out how you can look ahead to 2018 and make that part of your life better.
Look Ahead to 2018
Once you are reflecting and evaluating 2017 look ahead for the next 12 months. What do you want to accomplish in 2018?
Spend some of your quiet time and reflect on how you will make 2018 your best year yet. If you’re happy with life, great keep doing what you’re doing.
If not find ways to schedule your time doing more of what you love. Try new things, pick up a new hobby, or find time to start a side hustle.
You’ll never find what you truly love to do unless you look for it, gain interest, and develop your passion.
Your passions won’t just magically appear in your life.
You will need to try new things and break up your routine to figure out what you love to do.
It’s okay to be uncomfortable from time to time — usually that when you are close to something great in your life.
Spend December enjoying life, developing your passion, and use your time to make 2018 your best year yet.
Remember, “people with great passion can make the impossible happen.”
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