"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” - Oprah Winfrey
I couldn’t agree with Oprah more! Passion IS energy. Ask anyone who has met me and they'll tell you...I have A LOT of both! Passion is enthusiasm and excitement for life. The more passionate you are about yourself, your work, your life, or whatever it is you are doing...the more positive energy you give off.
True happiness comes when you do what you are most passionate about.
Passion comes when you are being your authentic self and doing what comes naturally to you. When what you do is in alignment with who you are, you get energy from doing it.
I feel very fortunate. I’ve found my passion and I’m living it every single day. And let me tell you --it is so incredibly fabulous to be able to make a living doing what you love!!! 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, as many people refer to it, 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 not allowing yourself the chance to realize your full potential in life. Living with passion is about having the courage to express your thoughts, opinions, convictions and your love for life. That love for life comes because you live a life by design, not by default. Following your passion enables you to do that!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you discover what you are passionate about:
#1 - What are you good at? What are your skills, talents and gifts? There are things that you are naturally good at and enjoyed doing. Often people forget about things they excel at because they come so naturally. Think back to when you were younger, as far as you can, to jobs, projects, hobbies. Maybe you always been a good writer, drawer, organizer, creator, builder, teacher, friend? Spend an hour thinking about this and make a list of all your answers.
#2 - What excites you? Is it a part of your job that excites you? Is it a hobby, a side job, something you volunteer your time doing? Maybe it’s something that you do as a spouse, a parent or a friend. Maybe it’s something you haven’t done in awhile. Spend an hour thinking about this and make a list of all your answers.
#3 - What do you spend hours reading about? When I get passionate about something, I’ll read about it and research it for countless hours. That’s a very good indication of something you could be passionate about!
"If you don't know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it."
- Oprah Winfrey