To have passion, to have a dream, to have a purpose in life. And there are three components to that purpose, one is to find out who you really are, to discover God, the second is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique talents and when you are expressing your unique talents you lose track of time. ~ Deepak Chopra
Justin Ryan Schwan on his blog Tao of Anxiety wrote “Passion is necessary for happiness and success. Passion is the lynchpin connecting motivation to action. Without passion the human spirit is a listless flower, drooping from a lack of water and light. It is necessary for all that we desire, for happiness, for success”. I am passionate about health and fitness, and I am passionate about helping others follow a healthy lifestyle. I believe that you get what you give in life and so it’s important to give everything you can to help others. My passion is helping people to live a healthier, happier, more abundant and harmonious life.
Being passionate about your life, and what you do every day, can make all the difference to your satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness.
My passions help me to jump out of bed, joyful and eager for what the day has in store for me. When you’re passionate about the work you do, about the contribution you make to the lives of others, your life takes on a wonderful glow and getting up each day is effortless. It feels great!
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
Passion energises us and powers our days. It is the required fuel for a healthy mind just as healthy food, clean water and exercise are vital for the health of our body. Only when our head, heart, body and soul our driven together through our passions does our life seem fun, simple and completely satisfying. Maybe this is the ingredient for living a life of contentment, as mentioned in a previous post.
Passion is the driving force behind every significant human achievement. Success in life has to be underpinned by passion. Having a vision for your life, together with a passion for what you do, is vital for driving your life forward. Harnessing that passion to relentless action is key to success in everything you do.
The one trait that any successful and fulfilled person has cultivated – whether they are great writers, business people, actors, musicians, educators, artists, parents, politicians, or athletes – is their passion. We all need a compelling vision for our lives – a vision that is so powerful, we are driven to do whatever it takes to drive through the inevitable obstacles to achieve it.
Are you one of those lucky people that loves what you do? You cannot wait to get up and get into your ‘work’ each day, because you’re energised and invigorated by what you do! That’s passion. It fires you up!
What is it in your life that ignites your inner fire? Rouses intense emotion? What is it that really gets you up and at it? What are you enthusiastic about? What makes you forget everything else? Do you have a ‘passion’?
So you’re not sure. Well follow through this next part, and let’s find your passion.
Take a notebook and pick a place where you are undisturbed. Get comfortable, relax, and let your thoughts wander. Now jot down some answers to the following questions. You can have multiple answers for each question; keep writing whatever comes to your head, even if you might not believe in it. When you write something you really mean and really connect with on a deeper level you will just know. If you are getting close try tweaking your answers until it just clicks, if it doesn’t click you probably haven’t hit your core self with your answer:
What did you love when you were a child? Look back at your childhood and remember the things that you did that you could do for hours on end, those things that you just loved to do. When you were young, what did you know you would do when you grew up?
What puts a smile on your face? Is there a particular event, a particular topic that makes your whole face just lighten up? Whatever it is that makes you smile, and makes you happy whenever you encounter it, this is a sign of something you are passionate about.
What are you good at? Usually, what we find easy for us to do, will be related to what we are passionate about. Think back, as far as you can, to jobs, projects, hobbies. What are your best skills or talents?
What sparks your creativity? Think about something in your life where you seem to always ignite your creativity, always coming up with new, fun, and exciting ideas relating to that subject. Whatever makes you creative, is probably something that you are very passionate about.
What excites you? What would you do for free? Think about something that you would just love to do, even if you were not getting paid. Think about something that you look forward to do, something that you wish you could do all the time. What would you do if money was not a concern in your life?
What do you like to talk about? The topics of conversation we have can definitely tell what we are interested in, and this is a good way to find out what we really enjoy in life. What topic makes your eyes brighten up, and changes your entire behaviour.
What do you read about? What do you spent most time reading about? What magazines do you read? What blogs do you follow? What section of the bookstore do you usually peruse?
What makes you unafraid of failure? When we do what we are passionate about, we have total confidence in our abilities. This makes us not worry about failing, because in our mind, how can we fail when we do what we love? What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
What do you dream about? You might have some ridiculous dream job you’ve always wanted to do — to be a novelist, an artist, a designer, an architect, a doctor, an entrepreneur, a programmer. But some fear, some self-doubt, has held you back, has led you to dismiss this idea. Maybe there are several. Add them to the list — no matter how unrealistic. What interest, passion or desire are you most afraid of admitting to yourself and others? What do you fantasize about doing while driving your car or taking a shower?
What would you regret not having tried? If you were at the end of your life, what would you regret not having pursued? What would you have liked to do, that you didn’t get a chance to? Think about what that might be. This is why finding your passion, and following it is so important. Live your life so that you do not have regrets. What would you regret not having done if your life was ending?
Here are a few more questions:
- When did you have most fun in your life? What were you doing?
- What’s most important to you in your life?
- What do you love about yourself?
- What are the things you enjoy most?
- What would you like to do all the time if you could?
- How could you make the world a better place for yourself and others?
Now, write down what you think your passion is, just write them down the first thing that come to your head – even if you don’t think they are your passion. If it comes to you, write it down. Keep writing what comes into your head. You will know when you find the one thing you have the most passion for.
So share your passions. Let everyone know what is it that fuels your mind, body, heart and soul. Comment and let us all know.
Follow your passion, and success will follow you – Arthur Buddhold