“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”~Joss Whedon
This is quite an easy topic for me to write about as I often find myself to be quite passionate about many things. Although remaining passionate is a whole other story. If I were to list the things I become “impassioned” about…on a weekly basis…it may go something like this-
- Today I have decided that I am going to be the best artist EVER!
- Today I have decided that I am definitely meant to be the best author EVER!
- Today I have decided that I most certainly am suppose to be the best designer EVER!
- Today I have decided that I am going to pursue life goals in the best way EVER!
- Today I have decided that I am going to emulate this person…the best way EVER!
- Today I have decided that I will be the best mom and wife EVER!
- Today I have decided will be the BEST DAY EVER!
While this list is somewhat tongue and cheek, you get my point. My personality is one that just easily becomes excited and intense. I enjoy trying new things and if I find I am successful at them, it easily becomes my next “passion”. This can be good or bad. If I set a goal and then fail, I am confused by my loss of interest for the once exciting prospect. Or, even worse, I can become easily bored with what once excited me. This is often why I have a hard time doing the same job for long periods of time. Motherhood has been my longest standing venture and well, even at times I have to reignite the passion for that!
So, how do you truly stay passionate about life, goals and the things you love to do? I found this great read By Ashley Wilhite. I hope you find it as helpful as I did when it comes to staying passion driven! I personally love numbers 3 and 6.
1. Slow down.
When we slow down, we are able to tap into the best version of ourselves, which is most often when we find the answers we’ve been searching for. This might mean practicing yoga, going for daily walks, or setting aside time each day to meditate. Slowing down allows you to quiet the outside voices and listen to yourself.
2. Change your story.
We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we deserve. If we can identify our self-limiting stories (I’m not good enough; I don’t deserve to be happy, etc.), then we can begin writing new stories that are grounded in confidence and courage, and map out actions that move us from one to the other.
3. Own your uniqueness.
We are here for a reason. No one else has your unique blend of talents, wisdom, strengths, skills, and creativity. We all have something great to offer, and learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to sharing your gifts with the world.
4. Cultivate confidence.
If we are continually telling ourselves we can’t, then we will never believe we can. There is a chance you may fail, but it will be impossible to succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. You can create affirmations, focus on the things you want, or make a vision board that shows your future success.
5. Find the themes.
Recognizing the recurring themes in our lives creates a pattern for us to either follow or change. What themes or lessons seem to constantly surface in your life? What are you drawn to again and again? What areas of life seem to be full of discomfort and pain? What areas are full of joy and light?
Ideas flow more freely when we write without an agenda. New inspiration may appear unexpectedly and it becomes easier to connect the dots. Spend a few minutes of quality time each day with a pen and paper allowing yourself to process your thoughts without influence from the outside world.
7. Focus on the fun.
Too often we get wrapped up in the expectations we set for ourselves. We focus on the details and the to-do lists instead of what is most important. What do you love to do? What makes you smile? If money were limitless, what would you be doing today?
8. Push past fear.
It’s so seductive to tell ourselves that we’ll go after what we want when we have more experience, more money, or more time, but the truth is, that will never happen. We must identify these excuses as masks for our fear. It’s only when we get clear on our fears and recognize how they are holding us back that we can begin moving forward.
Where do you find your passion? How do you stay motivated or interested in you passions?