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Happiness Hack – How to Find Your Burning Desire

hand holding fireA heartfelt thanks for the hundreds of emails asking me how to find a burning desire. My quest took time and a brutally honest soul-search, but I can’t underestimate the happiness and life satisfaction benefits I gained.  I wish I’d done it sooner!

I love the flow of work that ignites my soul.  In fact, due to my burning desire to create my business, I was up until 2:30 a.m. last night/morning writing a Wikipedia page.

Am I crazy? Well, yeah, but I’ve never googled anything on Wiki that didn’t have a page.  I’m in uncharted territory, whoa … creating something new and it gives me chills.

And anyway … who needs sleep when you have a burning desire? You all felt mightily inspired by last week’s blog and are now igniting your own passion, right?

  • Well, no, I had to do laundry.
  • No, but maybe next month?
  • Compassion please, the dog ate my homework

I used the procrastination excuse du-jour for years when considering What To Be When I Grew Up and my life zoomed by, a silent scream building inside. I was suffering from a smartache … my kids keep growing up (though I begged them not to) and they didn’t need me much anymore.

Plus, I dearly love my kids but the house is never fully clean, life is never perfect, and nobody bursts out, “Wow, Mom what an outstanding dinner!” With my kids mostly on auto-pilot, I needed to do something that would relieve my smartache, but what?

Mom, We’re Out of Underwear

Startled, I looked up from tweaking my business plan this morning… my 10-year-old daughter stood in her PJs grimacing at our laundry room. Yikes, indeed there was a towering laundry mountain with teeth. (Pause while I fix this urgent crisis.)

Deep calming breath … so how did I find the burning desire to create a business that keeps me happily working long past midnight, and recently caused an underwear-deficit?  Thanks for asking … here’s my cheat sheet.

  • Find activities that make life flow. If hours pass unnoticed, and you might forget to eat, sleep or make dinner (it’s cheating if you overlook dinner on purpose) you’ve found your passion. For me it’s writing and creating. Find a creative way to work at what you love.
  • If you aren’t sure who you are, prioritize your core values. Decide who you want to be and be that person.  This transforms a vanilla existence into a spicy life. Trust me, it works.
  • Narrow down interests with a quiz if you feel lost. TestQ offers interesting job and lifestyle quizzes.
  • Force yourself to thinkthinkthinkthinkthink and then think till your thinker is sore.  Don’t stop until you come up with three ideas that ignite your interest. Set a deadline (I gave myself two months), choose your best idea, and pursue it passionately.

Thomas Edison failed 1000+ times before he made a successful lightbulb. Without his passion we might all still be in the dark.

What is your best advice to ignite a burning desire?   Please comment, like and share …

Kendeyl Johansen has a background as a Systems Analyst and B.S. degree in Behavioral Science and Health. She’s an award-winning journalist with 200+ published articles, including work in New York Times bestsellers. She serves as Webmaster for several volunteer websites and cherishes time with friends and family. Her hobbies include writing, reading and skiing both on water and snow.

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