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
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This is exquisite work…Larry..I will share this with my daughter,and many others.
WHAT IS MY PASSION?
For me,my love in my life is my passion for living,to write,to carry on in life….it may change with time and circumstances.
Alpana, thank you so much. Having read your latest article it couldn’t fail to make a connection between you and i. Love is the number one passion, and with it we can achieve everything. Like you, i believe, i write, i teach, i coach, with love drawn to me by my sister in heaven. Please know your article touched me!
I feel passionate about life, in just being here for others. You are very passionate Larry it shows in all that you do just don’t neglect the little things around you and focus on the big picture as you will miss something special.
Fernando, thank you. You make a very important point, give yourself time to see the little things on your life, don’t allow all of your focus to be placed on the big picture. Life moves fast, and we have to live in the moment, not just seeing the future.
Larry you have done it this time! I sense a Larry that is emerging with fire and passion. I am glad your previous blog vanished because what I see and read now is a man that is much more than a life coach.
You know my passion….. Teaching Yoga!
Yogasavy – WOW to read those words from YOU, is praise beyond my expectations. I will continue removing my cloak, and sharing myself with you and everyone i’m fortunate enough to attract to my blog. Thank you as always. Be safe on your travels.
Great post! If my children learn nothing more from me I hope they will learn to seek that which has the most meaning for them and which God directs them towards and pursue it with passion! To have passion to fulfill their potentials and in contributing in some positive way towards life on this planet.
Thank you Jessica for sharing your thoughts and desire for your children. This is very pertinent for me today with the fact that my baby, is 20 years old today. I am very proud of her, and join you in praying that she fulfills her potential and makes a positive contribution. i have no doubts she already has and will continue to do so.
I am currently hooked up with this love for travelling and exploring places that I haven’t been to. Maybe that’s my passion for now but it may change over time and only time can tell anyway. But I have an ultimate passion for life that’s why I cherish every moment of it….:) Excellent post Larry… Thank you for sharing..;)
Jorie your blog certainly demonstrates your passion for travel and thank you for taking us with you. Your ultimate passion for life, enjoying every moment of it, is an example for everyone.
Justin, your passion shines through like a beacon. Your blog is full of passion, and brilliance. You rock!
Brett – passion, purpose and vision, are three fundamentals of life. Thank you for making it so simple to see.
Larry, this is a wonderful post that leaves one reflecting on their life, and exactly what passions they behold. I have many passions, so to sum it up I would say ‘life’ in general. I try to go towards anything I attempt with a passion so that it is rewarding when accomplished. I love the life God gave me, I love my family, and I love the people who surround me each day:)
You’ve really hit some key points in this post. And I really like the title “Without Passion you are Just an Underdeveloped Force with Latent Possibilities”; to be truthful it actually describes some people I know. I think your points hit the nail on the head and should help anyone trying to figure out what they’d like to do with the rest of their life – young or old. I think I’ll send this link to a couple of people I know who are currently at a crossroads in their lives. Thanks.
I find it really interesting that while I was growing up I was forever being told ‘Moderation in all things’. Generally things were always ‘damped’ down so we did not have a lot of excitement that was for sure.
And I think in my era (1950’s) that was very much the case for many.of us. Yet when you looked around those that succeeded often had a passion or a purpose which they followed with great determination. Because for better or worse at the end of the day we are all a product of the decisions we have made along the way.
My passion from the age of 10 was to go to sea – which I realized at 16 after plaguing my parents for a number of years. And I sailed the world for 10 years before moving on to other things. But I have never regretted it.
Thanks for the encouragement