“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.’‘
– Georg Hegel, German philosopher
Some people make success look so easy! Is it just a matter of luck? In rare cases maybe it is, but the truth of it is, very few people become successful without passion. The guy with 6-pack abs is more likely to be hitting the gym 5 times a week he is genetically blessed, eating cookies while laying horizontal on the sofa. The wealthy business owner probably spent years working hard and making sacrifices and is not an overnight miracle. It looks easy when all you see is the result but not the process. Great accomplishments take passion, and passion alone is not enough. It takes passion AND strategy. One without the other is futile.
Passion doesn’t only help you reach success either. Having a cultivated passion boosts happiness. We’re not talking about taking passion to the level of obsession, but people who have what’s known as “harmonious passion” to experience more positive emotions and be more satisfied in their lives (Jarrett).
“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” ~Nancy Coey
In some ways, passion is like talent. Everyone has at least one. Everyone. However, not everyone has the bravery or the opportunity to embrace them. Sometimes, we get stuck in survival mode. We simply do what is needed to survive; we choose practicality and safety over passion and fulfillment.
We stay in a job we can’t stand but the money is adequate, and it would take too much time and energy (possibly money) to do something we enjoy.
We are in a relationship that has become mundane; maybe we’ve become friends but no longer passionate lovers. We convince ourselves that it’s normal.
Don’t get me wrong, it is necessary to have a steady income but when your only motivation (i.e. paycheck) is rewarded once every two weeks, how do you feel the other 79.75 hours? If you once were madly in love but it has become routine and boring, are you convinced the passion cannot be revived so you don’t try?
To quote one of my favorite speakers, Les Brown, “we’ve lost our drive, we got comfortable and parked the car.” We work just hard enough to not get fired, we show up to our partners just enough to not lose them, we simply get in a comfort zone because we have lost our drive. We have lost our passion. Maybe we forgot our passion or never even knew it because we were trying to fit into what others wanted and expected of us. Those who have hunger are happier than those who do not. Why? They have a sense of purpose and working towards a purpose gives meaning to life. Human beings are not designed to live complacently, they are designed to conquer challenges.
Here are a couple of 2 minute “uncover your passion” activities:
- Imagine you just won a small lottery. Enough money to afford you the opportunity to follow your dreams but not enough to check out for life. What would you do for work? Who would you be with? What would you do for fun? Where would you go? Why are you not doing those things right now? Peer pressure? Comfort zone? Fear? When we fear the worst, we give ourselves permission not to try. When we expect better, we have vision.
- In your mind, imagine have passed and write your eulogy. I know this sounds morbid but think about how it will read if you change nothing in your life and you live for another 30 years. Are you satisfied? Do you have regrets? Most people regret the things the didn’t do more than anything they did even if the results were unexpected. Hopefully in 10 years you’ll still be around, but the question is where will you be, and do you want to be there?
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When we get stuck in a comfort zone, we are walking around life half asleep, oblivious to what we could be experiencing. We buy into the belief that it won’t get better and we settle. Usually some form of extreme pain or panic is what it takes for us to wake up and become true to ourselves. We suddenly have nothing to lose so we lose whatever fear holds us back and begin to experience life for the first time. It’s akin to living in black and white until something happens and suddenly everything is in full technicolor. No one knows how long they’re on this earth for but the we don’t have to wait for dire straits to live authentically. You can decide right now, that you want to live and work passionately and make your life worthwhile.
Knowing your passion and deciding to live true to yourself is awesome but it is only half of the process. Maybe you’ve tried to fulfill your passions in the past, but it didn’t work out. You’re not alone. Most people set out to pursue their dreams, but they don’t have a plan. They simply start and readjust as they go along. Kudos to them for starting and that isn’t a bad strategy if it works. However, if it doesn’t then something needs to change. You need a plan.
You’ve identified what matters most in your life and you’ve envisioned what it means to live an extraordinary life. Starting with the end in mind, how do you get there? Where are you this time next year? In 5 years? 10? 30?
What habits do you need to cultivate to be the person who lives this extraordinary life? What action can you take right now to close the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be?
Results will not come overnight but being proactive will bring gradual progress and naturally increase your energy and enthusiasm. When stop reacting and conforming to the world around you and begin to live proactively and creatively, the fruits of success are yours to be had. You will become the person others look at and wonder how it was so easy and why you are so lucky!
Life coaches are professionals trained in helping their clients find and live their passions. They will help you discover what you are authentically passionate about and help you make a plan that carries you from where you are now to where you want to be. Coaches hold their clients accountable to the actions they commit to and uncover what truly motivates them so that they stay the course! If you are ready to work with a coach and live your dreams, let Life Coach Library find a life coach for you. Simply register and fill out a survey, we do the rest, and it’s FREE!
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