Personal Development

The Passion Test Exercise

I see a lot of people expending energy in directions that are serving no good purpose to them. By not being clear about what’s important to you you could miss out on living the life of your dreams. The Passion Test written by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood is a simple, powerful way to discover your passions and align your life with what matters most to you.

You can take The Passion Test anywhere. Just follow the instructions below.

First, make a list of at least ten of the most important things you can think of which would give you a life of joy, passion and fulfillment. Begin each one with a verb relating to being, doing or having which completes the sentence:

When my life is ideal, I am _________________

Close your eyes and picture your ideal life. What are you doing? Who are you with? Where are you? How do you feel? Be sure to cover all the different aspects of your life: career, finances, relationships, health, spiritual, environment, etc.

Now make your list and know that this is just your first list. If you follow our advice to take the Test every six months, you’ll be doing this many, many times over the coming years, getting clearer every time. Don’t censor. You don’t need to know the how, just the what.

If you get stuck, here are three things you can do to help get your passions flowing:

1) Think about all the different parts of your life and what is really important to you in each one. For example:

a. Relationships – partner, family, friends, work colleagues and associates

b. Career – what you love to do, what you are good at or others tell you that you’re good at, what skills you have, what you dream of creating

c. Finances – what your ideal financial life looks like, how you choose to live your life, what you would really love to have or buy

d. Health – what matters to you in terms of your physical health, how you’d like to feel, how you’d like to look, what you’d love to do or be able to do physically

e. Spiritual Life – your relationship to God, to the Creator, your church, your devotional activities, your connection to the deepest part of your own soul

f. Environment – what kind of environment do you love to be in, to live in, to work in

2) If you’re still stuck, think about anything you really hate, that you absolutely do not want to have in your life – then turn it around to the positive. For example, if you never want to be with someone who lies, cheats, and steals, then write your passion as the opposite, When your life is ideal you are surrounded by people who are kind, caring, and have the highest integrity.

3) Imagine you have all the money you could ever want in your life. You can do, be, have anything you choose to have. Now, what is important to you? What would you do? Who would you be? What you would you choose to have in your life?

Make your list now (list at least ten, and as many as you want):

1. __________________________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________________________

3. __________________________________________________________________

4. __________________________________________________________________

5. __________________________________________________________________

6. __________________________________________________________________

7. __________________________________________________________________

8. __________________________________________________________________

9. __________________________________________________________________

10. __________________________________________________________________

11. __________________________________________________________________

12. __________________________________________________________________

13. __________________________________________________________________

14. __________________________________________________________________

15. __________________________________________________________________

Let your list sit for a while. Come back to it in a few hours or tomorrow. When you return to your list, compare the items on the list to identify which are the most important to you as follows:

a. If you could have #1 or #2, but not both, which would you choose? Keep in mind that in making your choice, you are not losing anything. We ask you to compare the two items as if you could only have one of them. This is necessary in order to get in touch with what is most deeply important to you. In real life, you can certainly have both.

b. Continue comparing the one you choose with the next number on the list until you go through the whole list and then label the one you chose as #1.

For example, if you compared the first item on the list to the second, and you chose the second, then you would next compare the second item to the third. If you again chose the second item, then you’d compare the second item to the fourth and so on, always comparing your choice to the next item on the list.

c. Start again, compare each item that remains (don’t include the ones which you’ve already chosen), always keeping the one that’s more important. When you get to the end of the list, label the choice that remains #2. Go through the list again and label the choice that remains #3, and so on until you have identified your five most important passions.

d. If you get stuck and can’t decide which item is more important then ask yourself, “if you could be, do or have #1 and never #2, which one matters most to you? Or, if you could be #2 and never #1 which matters most to you? State the choice so that it is clearly an either/or choice in order to be able to choose between them.

e. Most people find that their first impulse is the most accurate. Passion arises from the heart, and your heart’s impulse is more likely to be closer to the truth than your mind’s analysis.

f. Be honest. Don’t worry if your choices aren’t what others think they should be. You don’t have to show this list to anyone else. This is about what lights your fire, right now. The more closely aligned you are with what you truly love, the happier, more fulfilled you will be. The happier you are, the more attractive you will be to those you love and cherish. As a great teacher once said, “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things toward you.”

g. Avoid the temptation to get to an item on your list that seems really important to you and say, “Oh, that’s number one, so I don’t need to go through the rest of the list.” We can’t begin to tell you how many times we have taken people through the Test, had them say that they discover that things changed as they went through the complete list. So, go through the comparison process with every item on your list for all five of your top passions.

h. Don’t be surprised if the choices you make a change, each time you go through the list. When you are simple and innocent going through the process without holding on to any agenda, your mind and heart will go deeper each time you go through the list. As this happens, it’s not unusual for your choices to change as you continue.

You can order your copy of The Passion Test and read it at (www.mypassiontest.com).

Having identified your top 5 passions, the next step is to create your Passion Cards, then the book will show you some fun exercises to get even more clear. Remember:

When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.

You’ll read how to score your passions on a scale of 0 to 10. As you look at each of your top 5, notice which ones have gotten your attention, and which ones have been ignored.

What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life.

The simple secret to living a passionate life is to consistently choose in favor of your passions whenever you are faced with a decision, choice, or opportunity.

If you buy the book you’ll learn how to:

• Create your Markers

• Write your Passion Pages

• Make your Vision Board

• Prepare your 100th Birthday Speech

• Play the Appreciation Game

• Apply the 7 Keys to Living a Passionate Life


During the coming month, keep your top 5 passions where you can see them whenever you are faced with a decision, choice, or opportunity. Each time, consistently choose in favor of your passions and you are guaranteed to live a passionate life. If you find yourself unable to choose in favor of your passions, redo your Passion Test – there is something more important to you than what you wrote down.


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