Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not 100 years old—I’m almost a prime 29.
At a local bookshop, I found a hidden gem called, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Initially, upon looking at the cover, I thought, “Another self-help book? I already have more than I’d like to admit.” But I didn’t let the inner voice stop me. There was something about the book’s deep purple color and print, as well as the title, that spoke to what I wanted to achieve—to clearly define my life passions and consciously manifest them in reality.
The Passion Test, by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, is a book I couldn’t put down. My soul hungered for the purple “word soup” to assist me in making progress towards my life goals. Before I encountered this book, I thought I was making headway, but I was missing something—a clear foundation.
The actual Passion Test involves writing down 10-20 things you are passionate about—things that when you are living your ideal life, you will actively be doing. What makes their approach unique, is the recommended process to rank your passions, resulting in the top 5.
Oprah’s magazine article, “4-Step Guide to Discovering Who You’re Meant to Be”, describes the ranking process best:
To narrow down the list, ask yourself, If I had to choose between the first activity and the second, which is more appealing to me? If you get stuck, close your eyes and envision a life in which the first activity plays a major role and the second doesn’t exist. Now envision a life in which the second activity plays a major role and the first doesn’t exist. Which image feels better? Once you have your answer, put your finger on the winner and compare that choice with the third activity.
Repeat this exercise all the way around the loop, moving your finger to the winning activity after each comparison; when you complete the loop, your finger will be on your number one passion. Write that activity at the top of a list, and draw an X over the activity in the loop. Now repeat this process four more times (always starting from the top), and each time, skip the X-ed out activities.”
– O Magazine, “4-Step Guide to Discovering Who You’re Meant to Be“, Sharing the exercise designed by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood of The Passion Test.
After taking The Passion Test, the authors guide you through “create your own reality” activities, such as crafting vision boards and writing your 100th birthday speech.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed writing my 100th birthday speech to myself! This writing activity is incredibly uplifting and improved my mood and outlook.
I recommend checking out the book and taking The Passion Test, but if you have a good idea of what your passions are, feel free to skip right to the vision board-ing and 100th birthday letter writing.
Self-gratitude can feel a little weird at first—like telling yourself “I love you” in the mirror (I learned that from another self-help book). But after you dive in the awkwardness, there is so much self-love that comes back to you; enough to warm a whole house with just your heart.
We can be accustomed to not congratulating ourselves as much as we should for our accomplishments and unique qualities. Our brains tend to focus on what we think we lack. There is so much magic when we work to retrain our minds to believe from our heart.
Here is an excerpt from what I wrote to myself for my 100th birthday, to get you started:
“Thank you all who have traveled here today to celebrate with Kelly on her 100th birthday. To be truthful Kelly, we are the ones who are truly thankful to be in your presence. Kelly has always shown unconditional love and kindness towards those you’ve encountered, striving to celebrate collectively in the gift of life. Kelly loved to write, ever since she was a little girl. She curated magazines, worked on a book about “life”, created lesson plans as a pretend teacher, and wrote creative stories. An early entrepreneur, she created a “mock business” at the age of 10 and filmed an advertisement for cat products, which included convincing testimonials from her favorite stuffed animals. Kelly inspires us all with her creative ideas and zest for life. Kelly stands tall in what she believes to be true, which is anything created out of love. She never wavers in the face of adversity or pays any attention to the “inner critic” that wants to test her dedication to her life passions. Being motivated to learn and share in positive self-awareness, Kelly has helped thousands of others to realize their life passions and self-healing power.”
I continued writing for about five more pages, which is way more than I imagined I could write for a 100th birthday speech! This writing exercise taught me that assumptions are usually incorrect. And what is correct, is that we are limitless in our potential to achieve anything we put our hearts and minds to!
I would LOVE to hear about YOUR 100th birthday speech writing experience or any other activities that have helped you grow in self-love and appreciation.
Have you read The Passion Test? Do you have any inspiring book recommendations?
P.S. Who is ready to create a drinking game where you chug down your beverage of choice when you see or hear the word “passion” one more time?
Have a Soul-Full day,