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8 Tips To Discover Your Passion And Life Purpose To Reach Your Full Potential

Written by: Dr. Mykim Tran, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


If you can become successful in one thing in life, it is to discover your passion and life purpose. It will be one of the greatest gifts you will ever experience, so do not give up. Applying your passion and life purpose will help you reach your full potential.

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An individual journey

Discovering your passion and life purpose is an individual journey. No one will understand what your passion is except for you. It is unique and meaningful to you. The things you do for your passion can be viewed as odd by others. For example, you will notice the little details of your passion that others neglect and won’t understand. You understand the importance of the little details to make the world a better place. Others are unlikely to understand your decisions to grow your passion.

Even if you try to explain it to others, most likely, they will not have a complete understanding of it.

Therefore, others cannot give you great advice to help you discover and grow your passion. Also, hearing others’ opinions can distract you and clutter your judgment to make your own decisions toward your passion to succeed.

You must trust and believe in yourself to make great decisions to discover and grow your passion. When it comes to your passion, you already know what you need to do to become successful. It just depends on if you believe in yourself or not. The only support you should seek is encouragement from others to be on your own journey to discover your passion and life purpose.

Learn about human potential

Learn as much as possible about human potential because you are human. The more you understand about human potential, the more you understand about yourself to help you discover your passion and life purpose. Learning about human potential enables you to understand the importance of applying your passion because it will promote happiness, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. It will guide you to make the right decisions.

You will also better understand life and how to use your passion to create a connection and belong in the world, which is one aspect of human potential. Belonging is one of the components in the hierarchy of needs. Feeling belong gives you the sense that you matter because you contribute positive things to the world. It will constantly increase your motivation to learn and grow your passion and life purpose.

A lifelong journey

Discovering your passion and life purpose is a lifelong journey because you will never truly know your core passion and life purpose. If you truly know then you are perfect, but you are not. There will always be something that you can learn to increase your self-understanding to grow your passion and life purpose. Your passion and life purpose have no destination.

You will learn and develop as a human being, and your passion and life purpose should also evolve along with you. If you change and grow in any way, your passion should change. Your passion is a representation of who you are. You will discover new skills to strengthen your passion and life purpose as you learn and grow. Click here to see an example of how your passion and life purpose can change and involved as you learn and grow.

Adjusting your passion and life purpose will depend on your level of learning and development. Sometimes it will be a slight adjustment, other times, they will be big. Therefore, you must be on a continuous journey of personal growth to learn and develop yourself, your passion, and your life purpose. Click here to learn more about personal growth.

It is important to understand that you do not need a great understanding of your passion to start applying to develop your desired lifestyle. Apply what you currently know about your passion in your life now. As you learn new things, you can use them to grow your passion, life purpose, and lifestyle. Never put your passion on hold.

Take immediate action, trial, and error

Discovering your passion is about trial and error because you do not know your passion the moment you are born. It is not about hoping it will manifest without you trying to learn and apply. It is about testing your ideas to see which is your passion.

When you have a great idea that could develop your passion, you must take immediate action and test it out. The more you procrastinate, the lower your chance of taking action. And then, you could regret it later.

You have to understand that not all your great ideas will become successful, but successful ideas come from your intuition. The more you act on your intuition, the sooner and better the chance of discovering your passion. You just need one great idea and it will unleash your passion and turn your life around.

The more you learn and apply to grow your passion, the faster your life purpose will reveal. Your passion is what you do. Your life purpose is how your passion fulfills a need in the world. You understand why you are gifted with your passion. You see a clear path to serve others and improve the world.

Do the right things

You must do the right things no matter how hard it is to discover your passion and life purpose. It requires you to make tough decisions that could be fearful sometimes. For instance, if you know that following your passion is right, but no one supports you, you must believe in yourself and decide to move forward. Even though unknown outcomes or failures might manifest, you must have the courage to move forward and not allow the challenges to stop you from discovering your passion, life purpose, and reaching your full potential. Doing the right things allows your passion and life purpose to manifest and develop. It is not an easy thing, but it will be worth it.

An important thing to understand is that no matter what kind of challenge you encounter, you can overcome it. That is one great thing about being a human being. When you learn about human potential, you will discover you have enough knowledge and skill to overcome and achieve anything. Sometimes you might believe you cannot overcome a challenge when it hasn’t manifested yet, but when it manifests, you will know what you need to do to overcome it. If you lack certain knowledge and skill, you will know what you need to learn to become successful. Furthermore, unexpected resources and support will manifest to support you in ways that you never imagined to help you fulfill your passion and life purpose.

Be strong alone

You must be strong alone to work on discovering your passion and life purpose. Others are unlikely to support you when they do not understand your passion and life purpose. Sometimes you might feel lonely when no one is supporting you. Therefore, you must learn to support yourself. Another reason why personal growth is vital is to help you build a strong relationship with yourself to support yourself.

You must develop your confidence and courage to a point where you believe in yourself and that you can overcome and achieve anything to discover your passion and life purpose. You will face many challenges and need to overcome them on your own. If you rely on others when they do not support you, then you won’t become successful. As a result, the challenges will paralyze you from moving forward. You must also develop the habit of believing that every time you have a new idea, you automatically believe in yourself to take immediate action. Click here to learn ways to be strong alone.

Be around supportive environments

A supportive environment is essential to discover and grow your passion and life purpose. It can be difficult to stay focused when you are bombarded with negative influences daily from the media, society, and negative people. You must have something to counteract the negativity, otherwise, it will overpower and prevent you from succeeding. Especially in the beginning when your passion and life purpose are weak, you need as much inspiration as possible from a supportive environment to keep your motivation up to keep moving forward.

Remember, discovering your passion is a trial-and-error process, and you might not succeed at the beginning or take you longer than you initially thought. So, you might feel discouraged to keep on moving forward. Therefore, being around positive people motivates, inspires, and empowers you to keep moving forward.

There are many ways you can get the support you need. You can attend in-person or online seminars and training. Join in-person or online support groups. Watch videos, listen to podcasts, and read books about people you admire and want to learn from. You can also get a mentor or coach to guide and motivate you. There are countless ways to get support. They will instill the belief in you that if they can do it, so can you.

Live a simple life

You must learn to develop and live a simple life, living under your means. Remember, you might have to try out many things before you succeed. If you are lucky, you might discover your passion in one or two tries. As you go through the trial-and-error process, you might not get the financial return you need to support yourself. However, if you live a luxury lifestyle with many expenses, then it can be difficult for you to take the risk to try new things because you might not get the financial return to keep up with your luxury lifestyle. As a result, you might never discover your passion because you are not free to try new things.

Living a simple life means having as few material possessions as possible. The fewer possessions you have, the less expense you have. It will also reduce your worry so you can focus more on discovering your passion and life purpose. For example, when you have many things, you are more likely to fear losing them.

The stronger the fear, the more stress and worry you will develop. In contrast, you would worry less when you have fewer things, which means you are more emotionally free to try new things to discover your passion. You should also avoid having many subscriptions or anything unnecessary for your survival needs. If you can eliminate anything from your life to reduce your expense cost, it is crucial to do so.

Living a simple life will teach you that happiness, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment do not come from a luxury lifestyle. Once you are comfortable living a simple life, you will discover that a luxury lifestyle does not increase your happiness as much as you thought. A luxury lifestyle might increase your pleasure and gratification for the moment, but it does not promote or increase the emotions that matter – happiness, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. Once you have enough money to take care of your survivor needs and treat yourself to occasional gratification, anything more than that will not promote the positive emotions that matter, experiencing your full potential.

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Dr. Mykim Tran, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Dr. Mykim Tran is an expert in humanistic psychology. She is a keynote speaker, educator, life coach, author, and scientist. She is on a mission to help individuals create a powerful legacy that will carry on for eternity. In the process, individuals will transform into the best version of themselves and reach their full potential. Dr. Tran is the founder and CEO of Wake-Up Foundation, a non-profit agency, transforming individuals into social change agents to promote stronger communities. She received her bachelor's degree in Media Communications from the California State University of Sacramento, her master's degree in Psychology at Walden University, and her PhD in Humanistic Psychology at Saybrook University



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