“Man is only great when he acts from passion.” – Benjamin Disraeli
(19th century British Prime Minister)
As an entrepreneur, finding your passion is key to a successful business. So how do you find your passion…try these 5 creativity boosting exercises to find your passion.
Exercise 1 – Revisit your childhood…
Think back to your younger days. What did you do for fun? What truly made you happy? “It’s amazing how disconnected we become to the things that brought us the most joy in favor of what’s practical,” says Rob Levit a creativity expert, speaker and business consultant.
Levit advises you to make a list. Brainstorm all the things you did as a child that brought you joy. Try remembering the foods you liked, your hobbies, your very favorite memories.
The creativity expert suggests these main questions: What can be translated and added into your life now? How can those past experiences shape your career choices now?
Exercise 2 – “Creativity board”
Break out the arts and crafts supplies! All you need is a large poster board and some old magazines, photos or printed off quotes and motivating words. Begin with the words, “New Business” in the center. Clip images, articles and poems from your magazines and glue them to the board.
“The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of your intention — who you want to become or what you want to create — your awareness and passion will grow,” said Michael Michalko, a creativity expert.
Now hang the board up in a place that you will see it often. The board helps you realize your intentions and push toward your goals.
Exercise 3 – Make a list of people who are where you want to be.
Who are your idols? Who are individuals that you aspire to be like? “If you want to be creative, create a rigorous and formal plan,” Levit said. “It’s not the plan that is creative; it’s the process that you go through that opens up so many possibilities.”
Take advantage of opportunities that you ordinarily would overlook. Levit explains during the recession, a majority of people steered away from the real estate market. They believed it was a dead end. However, Levit believes this is the best time to take advantage of an open opportunity. There will always be successful people in every market. Look to these figures and see exactly how and they are successful and try to mirror their behavior and choices.
Exercise 4 – Do what you love AND make your business plan later
You do not have to write down and fully plan your business ambitions. Canada-based creativity expert and life coach, Cath Duncan, said people wait too long and feel they must have an extensively detailed business plan. They miss their opportunity and their ideas never come to life.
Duncan recommends following your passion. Even if you’re not sure how to make money by doing what you enjoy, you should still pursue it. Begin to see what it’s like to work in an area you enjoy and then begin to build your business plan around it.
“Perhaps most importantly, though, it’ll shift you out of paralysis and fear,” Cath said, “and the joy of seeing the difference your contribution makes will fuel your creativity.”
Exercise 5 – Give yourself a break from business thinking.
It seems a bit scary to step away from a constant business mode, however it’s vital to give yourself a break. Try something new and refreshing. Levit writes Japanese haiku poems. You can try anything from creative writing to running. The most important part is you are doing something enjoyable and allowing your mind to rest.
Next Levit says to write down any business-related ideas that may have surfaced during your break. “You’ll be amazed at how refreshed your ideas are,” he says. A break allows you to check out and allow your mind to wander. “Looking at beautiful things – art and nature – creates connections that we often neglect to notice. Notice them capture, them in writing and use them.”