Finding your passion can often feel like an overwhelming task. Where do you even begin? There are tons of assessments, questions, blogs, books and speeches out there, and wading through them all is a gargantuan task.

Christie Mims

But what if it were easier than that? What if finding your passion could start with just a few simple questions?

The most important part of finding your passion is connecting with yourself, and to do that, all you need is a little reflection. So, clear your desk and take a breath (and push all of those assessments out of your mind) and consider these five questions to set you on your path.

  1. What did you used to dream about doing in your career? It doesn’t matter if it was at age 10 or at age 30. What we used to love to do in the past is often a clue to what we want to do in the future.
  2. What do you love to do now? Are there any tasks, hobbies or activities that make you lose track of time? If you are struggling with this question, open up your browser history as a guide to how you spend your time. We spend time on things that truly interest us, so don’t discount your Internet searches.
  3. What makes you feel strong? What tasks or activities play to your strengths, but also give you a feeling of empowerment and joy? Areas where you feel strong will help you narrow down what you want to do moving forwards. On the flip side, if there is something that you hate but are good at, keep it off this list!
  4. What do people thank you for? Your stellar advice? Your help with fashion? Your leadership or communications? Often there is a clue here that will lead to your next job or career. For instance, people used to call me “life coach” as an inside joke, but they came to me for advice all the time.
  5. If you could do anything with your time, and money were no object, what would you do? Often, something outrageous will pop into your head, and that’s fine—you might not actually want that outrageous job, but aspects of it could be exactly what ignites your passion and will guide you on your next career step. So write down whatever comes to mind, and then ask yourself what features of that job really resonate with you.

And there you have it—five simple questions to help you find your passion. Read through your answers and see what trends you notice, then pick something and follow up on it. Clarity comes with action, no matter how small.

Christie Mims (Col ’00) is the founder and CEO of The Revolutionary Club, a career coaching service aimed at women.