There are a lot of wonderful, curious and unique places to travel on the Earth. Think about all the usual and unusual destinations you know about and recall if you know anyone who ever went away to do some “soul searching”? How about hearing about someone going on a journey to “find their self” “or “discover their passion”? Did you ever stop to wonder to yourself “exactly where did they go”? Is your passion and purpose a destination.
You might be confused about what you want to do in life and that is perfectly fine. What is more important is the fact that you are looking for answers, such as reading articles on discovering your passion. Is it important to find your passion? Is there any negative consequence to avoiding your true calling? The answer to both questions is absolutely! So why is finding your passion and calling so important?
Here’s a quote from James Allen’s classic book ‘As A Man Thinketh’.
“Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. They who have no central purpose in their life fall easy prey to worries, fears, troubles, and self pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins, to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe.”
Having passion towards the things that you do in life will feed your soul and provide valuable insights into what you truly love. We hear the encouraging calls of those courageous adventures who travelled before us, those brave enough to battle ridicule from peers and handle personal frustrations. From the mountain tops of achievement they call out to us like Arthur Buddhold:
“Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” ~Arthur Buddhold
So if the formula for success in life is really that simple, why does discovering passion seem like searching for a mythical land? Because before we can apply the power of passion in our lives, we must first understand what passion is. For example how do you find an animal that you’ve never seen before and don’t know of any description whatsoever? The answer is you can’t. It could be right in front of your very eyes and you wouldn’t even know it!
Let’s look at a definition of passion on the web.
Passion: pas·sion (pshn)
1. a powerful feeling or emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.
2. the trait of being intensely emotional.
3. something that is desired intensely.
People often mistake their visions and goals with their passion. In fact your passion, vision and goals are separate but still inter-related. A passion is a way of being, a vibration, a vision explains how you express your passion, and a goal is any outcome that brings you closer to realizing your vision.
Here are a few examples of how they all relate:
Passion: Create a happy family.
Vision: To be the best parent I can.
Goal: Take parenting courses.
Vision: Becoming a great speaker.
Goal: Join Toastmasters.
Vision: Become financially-free.
Goal: Learn how to leverage money.
Here are 6 Simple Ways to Discover More Passion in Your Life:
Create a Passion Board
Creating a passion board, also known as a vision board, can be very powerful. This is especially effective if you are a highly-visual person. Creating a passion board is easy. Find out Clip out images, symbols and words that represent the essence of each of your passions. Make a collage and only add an item to it if it absolutely evokes a strong and powerful emotion within. Keep this in a place where you and only you will see it. Locations you frequent often such as your closet or personal bathroom are ideal locations for most.
Create a Passion Statement
A passion statement is not an absolute defining rule for you or anybody else to live by. In fact it is unnecessary to create rules in your life or the life of others… unless, of course, this is your rule. Passion is something that doesn’t need to be ruled into existence, it needs to be discovered. Where do you adventure with yourself today? On a 3’x5′ index card begin to craft your passion statement. It could be whatever you feel at this point in your life gives you meaning, how you make sense of the world, an aim to focus, or an ideal to pursue. For best results you should revise at-will and revisit this often, daily if possible.
Reflect on Your Passions
Try writing your personal affirmations and/or most passion words on your personal bathroom mirror with the same pens they use for white boards. These ‘dry-erase’ markers make for easy cleaning when your ready to change or tweak your words. A good thing to use if you cannot find words to write is your passion statement. Read your power phrases daily as you brush your teeth and get ready for the day in the morning. Read the mirror again as you wash up and get ready for bed. Experiment with different colors combinations until your passion appears both appealing and attractive.
Practice Gratitude Passionately
Passion comes alive where gratitude thrives. If you appreciate the ability or opportunity to do something you automatically do it with more love and attention. Write out your top 5 passions on 3’x5′ index cards. Start with the words “I am so happy and grateful to be now…” or “I am so grateful now that…” then list 5 of your life’s passion. Don’t list them unless they make you feel incredible just thinking about them. Practice the feeling of having them. Underneath write “This or something greater now manifests for the good of all concerned”. Place them strategically in your home, car, or carry them with you. Practice pulling them out often, especially whenever you feel ungrateful or down in the dumps.
Make Passionate Sleep
Your sleep is most likely the most important part of your passion equation. Passion brings out the best in you but if you have absolutely no energy then it is impossible to function at your best. To be your best you need proper rest. Be passionate about solving your sleep puzzle. What will it take for you to get an incredible night’s sleep every night. Start experimenting with different things that might work. What might a sleep mask, music, ear plugs, hot tea, or warm bath do for you? Begin making small modifications at a time. Small changes can make a big impact on your overall sleep.
Build a Passion Support Team
The people you surround yourself has a bigger part to play in discovering and living your passions then you might think. A big mistake that people make is trying to discover their passions all alone. Passion is something that is meant to be shared and discovered with others. Find and surround yourself with people of vision and like-mind. Be sure to befriend people who have already pursued their passions with success. Check out groups and associations, explore mentorship, or invest in a life coach. Your support team will give you objective and invaluable advice when you need it.
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