Finding your passion. Embracing your passion. The word has been tossed about a lot in the last few years. Often, it’s been casually inserted because, well, it’s trendy and has some mysterious verbal appeal.
But what is this thing called passion, really?
I first came across the term years ago when I read a book by Tony Robbins. That was the first time I’d encountered the word being used outside a lustful context. And it resonated. The emotions embodied in its utterance reflected so many things I felt strongly about.
So What is Passion?
I once heard the question, if money was of no concern, what would you do? That’s a good start to understanding passion. Here’s a few more questions to help you define, and discover your own, passions.
- What are you so motivated about that you don’t need an alarm clock to get at it?
- If you had six months to live, what would you do?
- What venture or activity puts a smile on your face just thinking about it?
Your answers to those questions will illuminate what, for you, is your core passion.
But Wait – There’s More!
We all have our own core passion. The part of our life we’re emotionally and intellectually connected to that could be called “the reason we’re here.” But beyond that, there’s the whole rest of the world. All the events and people and places that make up the entirety of our lives.
And that’s what I think Tony Robbins means when he speaks of passion. “Live with passion!” What if –
- You went for walks passionately, noticing and embracing the beauty that’s all around you?
- Your life was more like that of a child, with an awe and wonder about your every experience, and joy (passion?) in every moment?
- Even your trips to the grocery store were done with passion? Looking for the good, doing good and making a difference in the lives of those around you?
Choosing to live passionately will not only change your own outlook. It will transform the world around you.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer