How To Really Follow Your Passion
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. “
Marie Forleo, the famous life coach, motivational speaker and bestselling author states this about passion: “One of the biggest stumbling blocks to finding your passion in life is figuring out what you’re passionate about in the first place. Passion can’t be found in your head because it lives in your heart.”
Everything we do comes from our heart. It was planted there long before we were born and this is the place we must connect to to find what it is we were put on the Earth to do.
All the time and effort we put into living can be best summed up in one sentence: Unless you find your passion, all that time and effort is all a waste.
How many people go through life and have that eureka moment when they find out what it is they are supposed to do. I’m not saying everything that came before is a waste. It isn’t. It’s a learning process but too often, we don’t allow our passion to take over.
We listen to others tell us to mind our business and they scare us off. But you can’t scare the spirit. It already knows.
They say, passion drives the spirit and when the spirit is driven, good things follow. Throughout your life, you are being called to make things happen but if you don’t listen to that little voice, something will always be missing.
According to Tony Reinke, Senior writer at desiringGod.org, “Actions speak louder than words — but desires speak loudest. The pursuit of pleasure is what drives all our actions and decisions, driving us into relationships, driving us to watch football, driving us toward excellence at work. We authentically pursue what we are convinced will bring us pleasure.”
So my question to you is, what is driving your spirit and what are you truly passionate about?
To take it a step further, are you following your passions in life? Are you making your dreams come true? Are you living like those dreams matter?
Passion is what drives you to achieve your special dreams.
Passion sustains you when you feel you can’t go on in life.
Passion is what allows you to sacrifice yourself for the greater good.
Passion is what turns the impossible into the very possible
Passion is what turns the dull and boring into an enthusiastic pursuit.
If you don’t have passion, what are you waiting for? The longer you wait, the harder it will be to discover what your passion is and how you can make it a reality.
Listen to “How To Be A More Passionate Person” audio track below.
Passion And Purpose
If you want to find your true passion in life you must know what your true purpose on earth. Purpose and passion go together. Where there is purpose, there is a world of possibilities. Most people are too afraid to try new things out of fear of failing. They are so scared of the unknown they don’t know how or where to go to look for what they should be doing.
Even worse, some people never find their purpose and live a life without any passion whatsoever.
Do you want to be that person? Do you want to have regrets for living a life without any purpose at all?
God has given you all the talent and passion you will ever need but it’s up to you to find it, nurture it and implement it to take advantage of the power it holds.
Before you start can you answer these 5 questions:
- Is what I’m you are doing now satisfying my inner passions?
- Where does my passion come from?
- Do you get a charge out of getting up every morning to go to work?
- How do you feel on Sunday night thinking about going to work on Mondays?
- Do you dread having to get up in the morning on Monday, or does it excite you?
Ceil Ryan, a Christian Blogger, Writer and Speaker links passion with purpose when she writes, “A passion becomes a purpose when I make a commitment to take those interests, and move them to serve more than myself.”
To me, commitment is what brings your passion and purpose into the light. It’s how you take what God has given you and make a dent in the universe.
The following tips will help you discover what your passion is and how to take the necessary steps to make it a reality. Waiting is not an option anymore.
In the movie, Kung Fu Panda 3, Po talks about teaching the other pandas Kung Fu but the only way he can do it is by taking advantage of their strengths and making them the best them they can be. That’s what passion is all about. It’s all about taking the best you have to offer with the talents you’ve been given and putting them all together for the good of the world!
STEP ONE – Open the eyes of your heart
When we feel like something’s missing in life the first place we need to turn to is the heart. The heart sees all and knows what it needs to do. You need to reconnect with your passion and gain clarity about how to create meaningful change and move forward with your true calling because the secrets of the universe are revealed inside your heart. In Psalm 37:4, we see how this is revealed. “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”
STEP TWO – Look beyond the ingredients you possess and see what you can make with them
What is the focal point of your life? Are you just a grab bag of innate ingredients that has yet to be mixed? Everything you are needs to be have a recipe that only you can make. It is a God-given gift that is like a puzzle you put together. These ingredients may seem unconnected but if you look through the events of your life you will see they are telling you what your life story should be.
Corrina Gordon-Barnes, the champion of employment states it this way: “This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath.” This is how you stand out and find your true calling.
“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”
STEP THREE – Interest plus engagement will fire your passion
I first learned this formula from Christie Mims, a professional career coach who taught me how to dig down deep into my hobbies and what I enjoy doing and look for themes and trends that make me both happy and fulfilled. When you do the proper research she says, “You’ll likely find that your passion’s been staring you in the face this whole time. And better yet, if you connect enough dots, there’s already a job out there for you.” But it goes far beyond just getting a job. In fact, your life’s passion can take you places you’ve never imagined going and meet people you never thought you’d meet.
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Ever heard the phrase, “Life is adventure, join it!” Without true passion you’ll always been sitting on the sidelines. There are people who push their passions aside and never go on any true adventures. I’m a big movie freak and the adventure idea really comes into play with the children’s move called “Up” It’s about a young boy who goes to the cinema during the 1930’s and watches the adventures unfolding before him and decides he wants to be an adventurer when he grows up. Well, life gets in the way of his adventures. He gets married to a girl who also loves adventures. They buy a small house and make just enough money to get by. When she dies, he is heartbroken at missing out on life’s adventures. But, when his house is about to be taken away, he goes on the adventure he and his wife always dreamed about. His regrets turn into real happiness.
Action! That word should be your main inspiration in becoming what you were meant to be. But how many people just talk about what they want to do? How many people actually do what they say they want to do? Even worse, how many people push their dreams away because they’re afraid of what others may say?
- What do I want to do with my life?
- How am I going to pursue my dreams?
- Who and what inspires me?
- What is my plan of attack?
The only thinking you need to do is make a plan. After that, let life take over and have some fun! Be adventurous. Take chances and risks and go for your dreams. Don’t let your dreams remain in your heart. You need to live… really experience life before it’s too late!
Taking Your Life’s Passion To The Next Level
There are many places to explore when it comes to discovering your passions. Unfortunately, it’s up to you to find it. No one else can find it for you. Since your passions are unique, it’s a mission that you – and only you – can complete.
In your quest for passion, concentrate on enjoying the journey itself. Sometimes when you stop stressing about your life’s purpose, it falls right into your lap!
You can sit on your ass all day and think about your passion but until you actually act on your passions nothing will ever change. Just imagine what your life could be like if you act upon your passions. Would you be happy? Joyful? Excited at the opportunities that life has to offer?
Without passion, everything is dull and boring. Acting on your passions spices things up and brings out the excitement in life. What could you accomplish if you put your passion into play? Would you be able to see your dreams take flight and fall into place?
So, what’s holding you back?
Could it be fear of change?
Sometimes the thing that holds you back from self-discovery is a fear of change. There’s always comfort and safety in not taking risks, but you also may never discover your life’s true purpose. Passion is your friend. Learn to embrace change because life is constantly changing around you and you’ll get left behind if you don’t!.
Start reflecting on the moments in your life when you’re most happy. What are you doing at these times? Is passion driving your happiness? Then go with it. Follow your passion as it leads you to your purpose.
Keep engaging in activities that have a deep inner meaningful to you. This way, each day of your life will feel like it truly matters and you will be able to fulfill your life’s purpose.
Self-Awareness And Passion
You spend everyday with yourself, but how well do you actually know who you really are? Sit down and list your passions. Think about where you are in life at this moment. Be aware of what your feelings as they will push you towards your passions.
- What do you want to accomplish?
- Are you doing the things you love?
- Are you taking time to have fun?
- What are your hopes and dreams?
- What is the one thing missing from your life
Once you answer these questions, it will be easier to discover what changes you need to make to find your passion. Joy Tanksley, a certified Martha Beck Life Coach, says this about passion: “Passion can feel like a quiet inner light…an opening in the chest or a soft flutter in the belly. When you’re passionate about something, it feels like a yes,”
The yes is what you are looking for. Once you find it, you are on your way a realizing your purpose.
Finding your passion in life may not be as hard as you believe. Use these strategies on your daily journey and one day soon you’ll see the one feature of your life that makes everything worthwhile.