A desire fueled by passion will bring about the greatest results in life.
I like to skate, but I don’t have the determination to push myself through broken bones and hospital visits. That’s why I’m not as good as I could be. I don’t have a passion for it.Passion can push you through difficult times because you don’t care what it takes to become better. We all have the ability to create whatever kind of life we want. The secret to living the dream is hidden in our passions and what we do because of them.
Finding what you are passionate about is a journey in itself. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t feel like you know yet. Keep trying new things. It will come even if you have to build it. If you find your passion, or find yourself hot on its trail, don’t give it up.
What if you know what you have a passion for but you don’t do anything about it? This is the main problem with passion. You can have all the passion in the world for something but if you never do anything about it, that passion is useless.Maybe you work a good job that pays all the bills but it doesn’t allow you to truly follow your passion. You’re afraid of what will happen if you change things up. Yes, change is scary, but it’s not until we leave our comfort zone that we find what we’ve been missing out on.
To uncover your passion ask yourself these two questions:
1. What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
This question, which PayPal co-founder and Thiel Foundation chief Peter Thiel has shared publicly in interviews and lectures, is designed to do two things: help you figure out what you care about and also determine whether it’s worth pursuing, based on uniqueness. Thiel concedes that it’s a challenging question because it can be tough to find an idea or belief that isn’t shared by many others. “Originality is deceptively hard.
2. What am I doing when I feel most beautiful and I get to be the real me?
This is about identifying not only what draws you in, but also what makes you shine. Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of The Acumen Fund, told the media that in her globe-spanning travels she often asks people this question, sometimes in unlikely settings. She once posed the question to women living in a slum in Bombay. At first, “one woman said, ‘There’s nothing in our lives that’s beautiful,’” Novogratz says. “But eventually, a woman who worked as a gardener said, ‘All winter long I slog and slog, but when those flowers push through the ground, I feel beautiful.’”
Doing what you love and doing what is in alignment with your purpose, will be the thing that will motivate you to jump out of bed in the morning and look forward to the day ahead. Your work is not “work” because it exciting, rewarding and interesting to you. It’s not a “job” but a passion. You will find that your work doesn’t seem difficult to you and you put in more hours than the average person because your work hours fly by so quickly. You will often lose track time and be so engulfed in your work. When you are doing what you love, your passion for it is obvious to others and that makes the difference between a rewarding career and a job. If you are unhappy and unfulfilled in your current relationship or job, staying in it will not only continue to make you unhappy, but you are also not allowing yourself the opportunity to realize your full potential.
Passion enables us to overcome obstacles. Whether those obstacles are actual or imagined, with passion you will overcome them and see the world as a place of infinite potential. The power of passion also enables us to have self-confidence, trust ourselves and to take the risks required to live every day to its fullest.