Fill Your Tank By Finding What You Love

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
-Oprah Winfrey

Exhausted? Feeling overwhelmed? Running on empty?

Much of our crazy-busy lives today are filled with activities, things to do and general all-round busy-ness. Many people get to the end of the day and feel like they have spent all of their energy—and sometimes they aren’t even sure what they have accomplished!

If you tend to spend all of your time doing things to please other people, helping everyone else with their projects or pouring into others without leaving time for yourself, then now is definitely time for you to start refilling your own tank!

Filling your tank doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to just quit your job or stop taking care of your family. What it means is that you many need to pay a little bit more attention to the “gas gauge” of your heart before you run on empty for so long that you get burned out. Take some time for you by doing what you love.

If you aren’t even sure (or can’t remember) what you love, here are some good ways to find out:

Think Back to Childhood.

Were you the kid who always wanted to be outdoors and climbing trees? Were you happier reading a book? Or did you find your joy as a child by making crafts or creating art? The activities that brought you the most enjoyment as a child may offer a hint to finding out where your passions might lie now that you are an adult.

Ignore Money for a Moment.

Ask yourself this question: If I had all the money in the world, what would I do?

That doesn’t mean you can or would do it in reality, but it might give you a bit of insight into determining what fills your tank. For instance, maybe your answer is: Fly to the moon. If that’s the case, go with the idea and start by investing in a membership to your local planetarium. If your answer is that you would travel to Asia, then maybe start by taking a road trip to a nearby city that has a Chinatown. Or buy a cd of Asian music. Start small doing things related to your passions and fill your tank.

Ask Your Friends.

If your friends know you at all, they’ll be able to tell you what exactly it is that brings you life and joy. Maybe it’s a simple mani-pedi, time to work on an art project or an afternoon to dig deeply into a novel. Ask your friends to think of a time when you were truly enjoying yourself, and then try to do that more often!

Remember, it’s not selfish to fill your own tank sometimes. You need to have a little bit of you-time in order to be able to pour out energy for the other people in your life. It’s all part of the balance of being the best person you know how to be.

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