How Do You Find Your Spark?

We all need something in our lives to spark a bit of passion.  Some days it can be easy to know what that thing is – we might have a really specific career or fitness or life goal that we can keep in mind and which gives us a purpose to work towards.  But some days it’s not that straightforward.   So, how do you find your spark?

We can get so caught up in the now, that we do just what we need to, to get through the day.  And that’s ok…for a while.  But without some sort of purpose or sense of direction, we can get a bit lost.

There is a lot of advice and information out there these days.  You can Google pretty much any topic and you will find that someone’s already asked the same question, or thought the same thing. And there’s probably a few answers being put forward too.  When you’re going through a tough time, or if there’s something you want to find out about but don’t know who to ask, or maybe you feel a bit silly for asking, it can be comforting to know that there are people out there feeling exactly the same.  Or people have gone through what you’re going through, and are sharing their story about how they got through it, or achieved something you would like to achieve.

Despite the obvious dangers and pitfalls, social media can be really helpful in finding like-minded people to learn from, bounce ideas around and have your own ideas challenged. Finding your own tribe or “girl squad” who share your passion can be just the support you need to get an idea or project off the ground, especially if you don’t have that support in your own circle.

Some people prefer to go it alone, and that’s fine too. Trying things out for yourself before telling anyone what you’re attempting is totally understandable, because the fear of failure and feeling pressured to achieve can be huge.  Maybe you’ve announced to the world that you’re going to be running the next London Marathon, when the reality is that you are struggling to hit 5K.  It can be very daunting to tell your nearest and dearest that you’re attempting this big thing, when you’re not even sure within yourself if you can make it.

So, how do you find your spark?  Well,  if there’s an idea or a goal that is in your head and it just won’t go away, you should follow it.   If there’s something that makes you smile, or brings on a sense of calm and peace, or even if it gets you totally wound up in frenzy, you should listen to it. Because these are the things that spark something in you.

It might not be the same for the people around you, and they might not get it, but if it sparks something in you, then it’s important.    Don’t be afraid to follow your own path, because you will probably find there are other like-minded people heading the same way.

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