Seven Keys to Ignite Your Vocational Passion


sullivanPassion is powerful. It can empower us to take risks and achieve our dreams.

At various times many of us wonder, “Is this is all there is” and we question the direction our life is taking. As we learn and grow, it often becomes apparent that what may have been a good fit for many years is no longer appealing.

Vocational Passion Embodies Purpose

Vocational passion is what you are inspired to embody and share with others through your work, whether that work is paid or unpaid. Igniting one’s passion often moves a person forward to new beginnings, enhancing their sense of meaning and fulfillment.

Maya Sullivan is the author of "Dare to be your Own Boss: Follow your Passion, Create a Niche."

Maya Sullivan is the author of “Dare to be your Own Boss: Follow your Passion, Create a Niche.”

All life’s experiences have led you to what you are doing now. Tuning into your enthusiasm can lead you to the next opportunity that is waiting for you.

The clues to your ideal vocation are embedded in your heart, values and a multitude of other areas. These seven keys can help you unearth ideas that resonate and are a good fit.

Key 1: Listen to Your Heart

The mythologist Joseph Campbell recommended that we follow our bliss. Tuning into what feels right in your heart can lead you to your bliss. Our heart is at the center of what we truly desire in life. It is our guide on the path to living fully.

Researchers at the HeartMath Institute,,  discovered that the heart and brain are in constant communication with each other. In fact, the heart sends more information to the brain than the other way around. It was found that the heart radiates energy, which affects the area around us as well as others.

Using the heart as the navigator and the brain as the implementer creates a dynamic duo.

Key 2: Your Ideal Day

Creating an ideal day can help reveal paths that are hidden in your subconscious. Write out a typical ideal day at some future point in time such as one, three or five years. Imagine going through the day from the time you first awaken until falling asleep; include people, daily activities, hobbies and where and how you live.

Allow your imagination to soar. You may be amazed at what you find.

Key 3:  Personal Challenges

Kathy Leone,, has taken a physical challenge and turned it into an opportunity to help others. At the age of 27, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Determined not to let it get in her way, she started a fitness business.

After hip replacement surgery, she became a personal trainer and started teaching line dancing, swimming and exercise classes. Kathy’s passion for what she is doing inspires and motivates the participants.

Key 4: Temperament

Knowing more about your temperament can offer insight into potential vocational directions. One helpful assessment is the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II (KTS-II). It was developed by David W. Keirsey, Ph.D., and takes into account the archetypes defined by Carl Jung.

Dr. Keirsey identified four groups that are then classified by various traits. The following is a streamlined version of the temperaments:
     • Guardians honor traditional rules of society and are effective in managing people.
     • Idealists envision a higher level of well-being for all and tend to focus on what can be.
     • Artisans focus on the present and have the potential to succeed in a variety of areas.
     • Rationals are good at resolving problems and evaluating systems.

You can take a complimentary version of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter at

Key 5: Thread of Life

Similar to a river, there is a current that moves through one’s life. This underlying flow can appear in different ways, yet it uses a similar stream of talents. Think about interests, volunteer work and jobs. What commonality keeps repeating?

Do you often take the initiative to make something happen such as pulling people together to do fun things? Perhaps you naturally mediate disagreements or fix things. Think about underlying actions that have threaded through all you have done. Once you have a common thread, it will help in identifying what you are meant to do next.

Key 6: Synchronicity

Synchronicity refers to “meaningful coincidences” or events that happen without prior planning. These can be important clues and invitations to new beginnings. They may be subtle. What issues, people or opportunities are currently appearing in your life?

Key 7: Daydreams

Albert Einstein recommended actively using the imagination to explore possibilities. Daydreams can reveal new vistas and lead you to enlivening paths. You may be pleasantly surprised by the ideas that flow into awareness as you relax and open your mind to new possibilities. You may discover your destiny.

Divine Flow and Divine Timing

Moving forward often includes a pause, even a stepping back. Similar to shooting a bow and arrow, the bowstring is pulled back before sending the arrow swiftly forward.

Be patient. Often when we are relaxed, such as when meditating or reading, the right ideas bubble-up and we have an epiphany.

Divine flow will assist you in the process. Divine timing will deliver the ideal results at the right time.


About Author

Maya Sullivan is the author of "Dare to be your Own Boss: Follow your Passion, Create a Niche." Through seminars and coaching, she helps empower people to be their own boss and live their vocational passion. Fore more information, visit .

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