Cultivate Excitement & Passion

Written by Violaine Guéritault, Ph.D.

Do you like feeling excited about something? It’s exciting to be excited. Yet, there is an even deeper emotion than excitement, and that is passion. While excitement is generally short-lived, passion brings you sustained and long-lasting energy and, yes, excitement too, to achieve anything that is important to you. Passion has this incredible capacity to expand and grow with time. It breeds more passion, generates discipline, and helps you use your energy efficiently and focus on achieving your dreams. Passion will bring inexhaustible excitement to your life, so find your passion and start living your life fully. Maybe you already know what you’re passionate about. However, if you’re not quite sure what your passion is, don’t worry as there are several ways for you to identify and cultivate it.

Simple Ways to Cultivate it!
Pay attention to what motivates and inspires you.

Consider a list of categories of activities that could become passions such as:

  • Music
  • Nature
  • Sports
  • Travel and discovery
  • Art (in all its forms)
  • Teaching/coaching
  • Spirituality

This list is not exhaustive, of course, but it’s a good start. You can add to it any other category that interests you. Explore and research each category and see if any one of them stands out, resonates with you and excites you. Do you wish you were really good at one or more of them? This could be indicative of what you could become passionate about.

  • Explore the possibilities.
    Pick two or three potential passions out of your list and explore them. Be creative and write down all the ways you can think of to pursue them. Don’t restrict yourself in your thinking. Think big. Let the sky be the limit.
  • Then expand your knowledge about your future passion. Read books on the topic, listen to podcasts, talk to people who have the same passion and have them share their experience and excitement with you.
  • Go for it!
    Experiment with your new passion. Do an internship or take a course related to it. Do some volunteering in the field of your passion. Explore what can be found on social media on the topic. You can also consider starting a blog and this way meet plenty of people who share the same interests and who will encourage you to pursue your passion so it becomes an important part of who you are.
Make your passion grow.
  • Set some clear goals around your passion from the start. Figure out what place you want your passion to have in your life. Do you want to make a career out of it or will it be an exciting hobby for you? Setting goals will give you a sense of direction that will guide you and inspire you as you make your passion a meaningful part of your life.
  • Make sure to integrate your passion in your daily life one way or another, even if it’s for a short period of time each day. Cultivating your passion daily will give it momentum which will motivate you and encourage you to reach your goals and get the results you want.