One of the most common challenges I encounter in my coaching work is this:
"I have so many interests. I can't decide which one to pursue."
Some people struggle with finding a passion. For others, choosing among many passions is the real challenge. As someone who changed her college major about ten times and didn't finally declare a major until the second semester of my junior year, I get it. Here are some thoughts to help you work through this challenge.
1. There are no laws that say you can only have one interest or one job for the rest of your life.
2. If the worst thing that people can say about you is that you have too many passions, you're doing okay. Life is about progress, not perfection.
3. A wise friend of mine once told me something that a teacher of hers said: when we are exploring a lot of interests, we are in a gathering stage. We are collecting bits and pieces of knowledge and inspiration from lots of different areas so that we can create and share our unique vision with the world. Don't try to skip this stage! This may be where you find your magic recipe.
4. We live in a youth-obsessed, I Want It All Right Now, culture. If you've ever read any spiritual texts, you know that people in search of their life's purpose often travel, struggle, and meditate for decades before they find answers. You might not get clarity tomorrow. You'll get it when you're ready to receive it. Here's a list of people who "made it" after the age of 40. Patience grasshopper.
With all that said, I know very well the particular pain of feeling like your true purpose is right in front of you, but you just can't quite reach it. If this feeling has plagued you for some time, do some soul-searching.
Are your multiple interests part of your path or just a habit that might want to break? How can you tell the difference?
Listen more. Think less.
When I meditate, I can't always see months or years ahead, but I can always see the next best thing. Listen to your higher power and trust your intuition. Get out of your own way. Sometimes, wanting to do a million different things is just the ego flexing its muscles.
I typically end my meditation time with the Lord's Prayer, my own personal prayers for myself and loved ones, and then I use the prayer of one of my teachers, Sue Frederick.
Please divine guides, show me the next best step on the path to the highest good.
If you are struggling to narrow down your purpose, stop trying. Just take the next best step. And the next. And the next...
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