Join me for a trip down Memory Lane. Remember when you were a child and you were full of dreams? Perhaps you imagined that you were the world's finest ballerina or the Army's toughest soldier. Those days were fun.

Remember when grown-ups would ask, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" They always had a smile and a sparkle in their eye, as if to give you permission to be anything you wanted. Then with youthful vigor, you'd answer, "A doctor!" or "A fireman!" or "A teacher!"

Our youthful years are full of passion. Then life settles in and has a way of encouraging us to lose our passion. But the good news is, it can be rediscovered. 

Today, I'll continue with the series, "4 Keys to Unlocking a Career You Love." As you may have guessed, I'm going to discuss the second key: Your passion. 

When the word passion is used as it relates to work, you often get different responses. It hasn't occurred to some people that you can actually be passionate about your vocation.

Before we continue, let's define passion. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines passion as, “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.” 

Let's apply this definition to our careers. When was the last time you looked forward to Monday with “a strong feeling of enthusiasm” or “excitement”?

When it comes to passion and work, there are two dominating theories. Some insist that it must be present when considering a fulfilling career. Others suggest that it’s not necessary and you need to simply find a need and serve people well.

The problem with the latter is that it will often lead to uneasiness and discontentment. Why? Because you were created with a desire to be more and do more. Your passion serves to reveal what you're supposed to do. Whenever you bypass your God-given tendencies, you end up living a life of mediocrity. Perhaps you know all too well what that is like. Sometimes life and other people's expectations have a way of clouding our vision. When we embrace our passions, we can break free from limiting beliefs and get a glimpse of the future again. 

One way to start rediscovering your passion is to revisit your youth. What were your passions then? What kinds of hobbies and activities were you drawn to? 

I'm not suggesting that you turn every hobby into career, but it may begin to give you a clue about the future. As you survey your life, you may begin to see common threads. 

The following questions may further help. What were your favorite pastimes? What are some reoccurring themes in your life? Are you creative? Are you full of ideas about how you can serve others? What is something you like to do so much that you lose all track of time? f money were not an issue, what would you spend your time doing?

As you move toward a career you love, it's important to give yourself time for reflection.

When following this approach, you’ll likely learn than it's about more than a career. It's about self-discovery.

— Justin Gentry is a Professional Life Coach, Speaker, and Host of The Life Coaching Show. Visit for a free goal-setting kit.