Sunday, August 11, 2013

Discovering – then following your passion.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” - Confucius

As of late, I am hearing quite often … “… I go to work every day and I make a paycheck – but I have no passion for what I do …” . This is so common and seems to be surfacing more than in the recent past as I believe, and I think others would agree, that people  are feeling more confident and comfortable, not scared of the economy and their ability to finally make a move. During the rough recession, many were paralyzed and afraid to strike out into new areas. I see it in my practice as I am busier now that I have ever been this time of the year (and I am not complaining). 

I also have the opportunity to meet those who just love their job or career, and would not do anything else. Some are in their own business; some are in traditional jobs. I have discovered however that there is one huge difference from those and happy and those who are not which strikes me …
They have passion for what they do …

Having passion for what you do defines the difference between just having a job – or loving your job. Those who are passionate about what they do are energized and motivated each and every day and look forward to work in whatever manner they work (in a job, their own business, etc.). Their passion fuels their desire to be the best – the very best – and do good work. 

Are you following your passion? If not, it is time …
You have likely heard the quote above:  Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” (Confucius). It is so very true. Unfortunately most do not follow this path, and toil in a job, career or business they just don’t like or are not motivated by. This discontent affects all parts of their life, their significant other, spouse, friends, other family, and is so damaging.  They cannot see how to get out of the cycle which really means – 

They have not  given themselves permission to make the changes in their life required to follow their passion.

Sound like your situation or the situation of someone near and dear to you? What can you do?

·         Identify and validate your true passion – Maybe you love to cook, or like to help others or perhaps to build things or grow things. Answer the question – I am passionate about (enter passion here) and I know there is a need or opportunity that I can identify with that is aligned to my passion.

Take me for example. I am passionate about helping people break the conventional bonds of career or job and ascent to new heights in their life. I know there is a need (I have a very successful practice in this business) and what I do is aligned to my passion. I don’t work every day; I serve others everyday and love it.

·         Identify the changes you will need to make in your life to follow your passion –Perhaps being able to follow your passion may mean to downsize to meet a new set of requirements, or start a business aligned with your passion while still employed (which equals working harder). The key – uncover all the potential changes and plan for they with the goal of eliminating the unexpected.

·         Give yourself permission to be happy and fulfilled – As I have stated, the hardest step. Allowing yourself to let go of what is expected of you by others, and taking control and defining your life as you want it to be. Once you give yourself permission – and write it down – you remove the shackles.

Discover and live your passion. Soar to new heights. Be one that is happy and fulfilled. Live life, and thank you for reading this. – Dan

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