Passion is one key to unlocking the treasure chest containing your purpose and mission in life.
Getting to KNOW ourselves is critical in choosing the direction we will GO in life, and a solid self-discovery process starts with being aware of our strengths and weaknesses.
However, if we are to continue to GROW and make a significant impact we must make our mission line up with our passions.
The dictionary defines passion as "having a keen enthusiasm or intense desire for something". The description includes words as zealous, obsessive, fanatical, and fervent.
To identify your passions, try the following exercise. Grab a piece of paper and a pen, go to a quiet place, and jot down anything that comes to mind when you ask yourself, "What am I supposed to do with my life?"
Write your answers as if you were brainstorming – note anything that comes to mind, without any judgment.
Give yourself a full 15 – 20 minutes for generating ideas even if you will be under the impression you consumed all your thoughts in the first 10.
Then, with an open heart, re-read your list and see which notes give you a shiver, or any other strong feeling for that matter. Those items come with a strong message from your unconscious and say a lot about your desires, because when you're truly passionate about something, you feel it.
In most cases, the answers won't surprise you, but will give you a better understanding of what's really driving you. You will have a sense of meaning and a better understanding of what you need to do.
"Put life into your purpose and purpose in your life"
Another way to discover your passions is by taking the Passions Assessment. It was created by Janet-Bray and Chris Attwood – experts on living a passionate life. Janet is a world class speaker and transformational leader. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people go through her Passion Test process.
Taking the test will help you with:
Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement. Passion is the ambition to put as much heart, mind and body into something as possible.
Our passions drive the happiness and success that sustains not only ourselves, but everyone we meet. We start living a passionate and fulfilled life when we manage to channel those intense desires and enthusiasm to get to where we want to go.
We take on extracurricular activities, we try volunteering, internships or other related experiences. It's safe to say we roughly start working between 16 and 20 years of age and, most probably, stop around 65, depending on retirement regulations. Therefore, enjoying these 40 years (even more for some of us) of our lives becomes essential to our well-being and fulfillment.
The moment I realized what I'll be doing for the largest part of my life, I also figured out that if I wanted to stay healthy, enthusiastic, and energized, I had to surround myself with positive, passionate people.
Now, when I hire somebody, the look in their eyes is far more important than their current experience.
When people talk about their passion, you see it in their eyes. That's why talking with people is so important. You can read an experience summary on somebody's CV, but to 'read' what their passion is you should listen, talk, and watch their eyes.
You can tell if a person is really passionate about something by watching their eyes. If their eyeballs are sweating, you know you have hit on one of their passions.
Passionate people bring great energy and enthusiasm into any organization. Of course, experience is important and should be considered a plus, but it's overrated due to the fact that real experience is the result of somebody who is unbelievably passionate about everything they do. Passion will always drive continual improvement. Passionate people learn up to 10 times faster than people who're not.
Passion is the desire to keep seeking knowledge and learning new skills and ways of thinking.
Passion does not mean perfection by any means. Passion is simply the desire to keep seeking, learning, and growing. It is what makes people forget how much time they have spent working on a project. They rarely know the difference between work and play. It's the reason I can't tell you how many hours a week I work. Half the time I'm not sure if I'm working or playing.
But passion determines what you desire to accomplish and whether or not you continue to GROW and improve your skills in that area!
If you find yourself lacking energy and motivation and you want to find your lost passion, try these four steps:
Set up triggers that remind you of the things you should be excited or intentional about. Triggers can be reminders on your phone or mirror, motivating music and videos, and affirmations that you state at certain times that bring you a feeling of aliveness and gratitude.
Celebration. When you achieve something, celebrate it! Take the time to write it in your journal and share it with others. There are times you need to slow down and appreciate yourself. Most times we forget to celebrate our wins, we go from one thing to another, which flat-lines their emotional energy.
"You can tell if a person is really passionate about a topic. Just watch their eyes. If their eyeballs are sweating, you know they have hit on one of their passions." - Ben Kubassek
From my new book KNOW GO & GROW: The Entrepreneur Within You. Get your copy today at Amazon.
Ben Kubassek is an international expert on social entrepreneurship, author, and speaker. He’s on a mission to help young people in developing countries launch their own businesses in order to create jobs and bring transformation to their communities.
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