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Passion: Find your passion in life.

December 21st 2007

Passion - Find your passions

I last wrote about passion, one of mine specifically and now want to explore how to find your own passions. A few people know already what their passions are, however, many more do not. Passions are not just a single thing or a one time event, it is much deeper than that. Passion can’t be faked, it isn’t something you can turn on and off, and it never fails to survive through any criticism.

Where does Passion Come From?

Passion exists because of many combined experiences and it drives a whole person (mind, body and spirit) to express, utilize, and hold true to core values with joy and enthusiasm. For example, guys do it with passion. Passion is energetic and lets difficulties be overlooked and ignored to help recognize the positive boundless potential in the people and events in our world.

While that may sound great, finding your passions isn’t easy. Passion is often the cause of pain in people’s life so it gets buried and ignored with an attitude to simply get by in life instead of living it to its fullest and taking the risks needed to continually follow your passions. Whether this is personal or professional, living with passion is often seen to be risky and may reveal truths about you and your true values that are not always convenient from the mind’s perspective. Living safely can seem easier, however, it is certainly not as meaningful.

Finding your Passion

So, what are some of the ways then to find your passion? Here is one method I can recommend for doing this on your own.

1. First, you need to have some serious time to reflect and its best to do it alone with no distractions. At least a couple of hours. Go somewhere you feel very relaxed, calm and comfortable. Use a pen and paper and write out all of the major events in your life that you remember to be very positive and joyful. Then do the same for all the times you have felt crushed, alone, sad, mad, and any other painful or hurting times in your life. Take some time for this, it can easily take 30 minutes or more. Pick events that relate to your career, education, childhood, family, friends, accomplishments, major events, fears, dreams, purchases, emotions, and spirituality.

2. Review the pleasurable side of your list and write out a reason why you think it gave you pleasure in your life. Keep asking yourself why you feel and think that way for each of the items on your list. This helps to explore the meaning behind each item and will drive out your beliefs on each item, instead of thinking of the item itself. Your beliefs are the key with passions and that is what you need to get to the root of.

3. The same thing applies with the pain side of your list. Ask yourself and answer why you belief it was painful or what caused the pain. Keep asking about each response until you get to a value or belief on each item, since this always is the root of any feeling or thought. You need to understand your beliefs in different areas to truly see any of your passions in your life as well.

4. Next, you need to group those beliefs, order them in how you would prioritize them, which ones are reoccurring and which ones contradict each other. Examine and determine which beliefs are most important to you. This is the hardest part, you need to be truly honest with yourself. Don’t answer for anyone else, what you’ve been conditioned to think, or play it safe here. You need to FEEL those beliefs for them to be real. Belief comes from the heart and soul, not the mind.

5. Now, for each of your beliefs, you need to find some commonalities with them. Most beliefs are related and can often just have a painful and pleasurable side. And those are the key to identifying and building your passions. The values and beliefs can be controlled by each individual and making the choices to steer towards the pleasurable and away from the pain, is exactly what a passion is based on. Living consistently and energetically for these values and beliefs while choosing and following that which re-inforces your beliefs, no matter the risk or consequences is exciting and inspiring. Its Passion!

Next I’ll be looking at how to express your passion and the power of it.

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Passion: Which came first, learning or passion?

December 19th 2007


What is Passion?

I’m not sure about each of you, but I know that I get very passionate about things I learn. Or is it that I have the passion for those things and so I learn them? Well, I really don’t know, probably a bit of both. I do however, find it very interesting how much I personally find that my learning and passions align so much in my life. Whether its a similarities in my work and personal life or how I explore books, I continually see alignment of how the things I learn apply in so many areas of my life. Those are the areas I’m most passionate about and it continues to feed the passion in a strengthening cycle. The more I learn about something, the more I enjoy it, and so then the more I want to learn even more about it.

Passion Roadblocks

I’ve spent a lot of time reading leadership/management and business books to improve my career and at the same time, most of the authors I’ve enjoyed most mix the business life with a personal touch and write about applying this in your personal life as well. Changing bad habits and improving one self cannot happen solely in the workplace even if business books, performance reviews, your boss and your company are pretty much only concerned only about your day life at the office. Your actions, mannerisms, character and passions are not completely separable from your personal life no matter how hard you try. In order to change these things, you need to change them everywhere in your life. That’s where passion often plays its part. A passion can be so strong it will steer every area of your life, home and work and can drive a person to learn and follow more about that area of desire.

Using Passion

Now, I’m talking about a positive passion, something to improve your life or the life of others. Recognizing this, understanding it, following it and learning from it are then different for each person. Using a passion in your life can lead to an extremely successful meaningful life. Its a sad fact how many people in this world simply “get by” in life and don’t make the most of it. One way to do this is to have and use your passions in life to be more joyful and to live with purpose and meaning. I’m planning to explore the topic of passion in several upcoming articles.

See Part 2: Passion: Find Your Passions
See Part 3: Passion: Express Your Passions

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