The Power of Passions

 
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Over the years, I’ve talked to thousands of women who go to work dreading the day, looking forward to the time they can clock-out and go home. Yet, even when they walk through the door, happiness eludes them. I know, I’ve been there too. Feeling as if every day is a struggle, like there’s something missing.

This is a horrible place to be and it not only impacts your life, but also affects your coworkers.Miserable days make miserable employees and miserable employees make miserable collaborators.  It is a cycle that doesn’t end well.

But, life doesn’t have to be this way. Discovering your passions and letting them thrive changes everything!

Passions are fascinating things. They move us emotionally, excite us into action, and ignite inextinguishable blazes in our souls. Simply put: passions drive life. Yet, they seem elusive. Which is why many of us claim to not know what our passions are.

But, I believe we do. Unfortunately, as we “mature” and take on increased responsibilities, we ignore the things that got us excited and we lose the ability to recognize them at all. We essentially bury them alive.

Our priority must be to rediscover that which moves us so that our passions may once again propel us forward. Otherwise our work and personal lives will continue to be a struggle.

Take a weekend away. Or a day off. Even just a few hours. Go someplace where the minutiae of daily life won’t interfere and ask yourself a few questions.

  • When do you feel the happiest?  
  • What angers you the most? 
  • What gets you the most excited? 
  • As a child, what did you dream about doing?
  • In school, what activities did you enjoy?
  • If resources were unlimited, where would you go? What would you do? 
  • What tasks do you enjoy doing most? Which ones do you like least? 
  • If you could communicate one truth to the next generation what would it be? 
  • When you die, how do you want to be remembered?

Your thoughts move fast so write your answers quickly. What’s important is recording your thoughts so you can sift through, and organize, them later. Next week I will talk about what to do with this list and how to incorporate it into your life.

Every one of us has more to offer than we know. The best way to maximize our potential is to discover what excites us. Don’t put it off until the timing is better. You owe it to yourself – and those around you – to be the best person you can be. Our unique passions should be driving us throughout each day. And until we free these passions and allow them to move us, true fulfillment will not be ours.