Losing your life passion is easy when other options pay more money, or they’re more convenient. In short term these options may provide a sense of security, but long term make you miserable. When we don’t have a passion in our work we can easily feel out of sync on a daily bases.
As human beings we need a life passion like oxygen to keep us in a constant state of internal motivation. Dreading each day to do something we hate is no way to live life. Here’s how it goes! Put your dreams aside, get educated, get a good job that pays lots of money, and live happily ever after. The problem with this formula is that it seems logical at first, but the end result many times leads to regret.
Years later we get the “what if” syndrome! What if I would have? What if I started that business I was so passionate about years ago? I wonder where would I’d be today if …. The bottom line is that it’s easy to play it safe, and follow our head instead of following our intuition, that inner call that pulls us another direction.
The good news about life
The good news is that no matter how things have turned out it’s never too late to reclaim your life passion regardless of age, or past. To start over, and follow your bliss. To regain a sense of belonging that keeps nudging us with an itch to do something new. When we lose sight of what really makes us happy it’s probably time to go a new direction. But even though this is so obvious … It’s easy to stay in the same old rut that has kept life on hold for years hoping that things will get better.
This is why people who never connect their life with a passion usually never get very far. Taking a step back can help determine whether your moving closer, or farther away from the things you love. Becoming more self aware in your daily routine can help determine whether your happy, or wasted time and energy on a dead end road going nowhere. Your life passion is not always easy to find, but the good news is that life rewards those who do, and it far outweighs the effort.
Discovering your passion
Discovering your passion is frustrating when you don’t understand what you want. For example those in college taking out loans for a degree in something they have no interest in. Others are influenced to follow their parents, or peers dream instead of their own. Once you have a deeper understanding of yourself it’s a lot easier to align your career, lifestyle, and business with the direction you want to go.
Suppose you know deep down that something is missing in your life, but to the outside world your life seems perfect. There’s a disconnect between reality, and what you truly want.
Spending a lifetime in an environment that pulls us away from our aspirations is not smart. If you don’t have a passion you can develop one with a little imagination. But you will need to train yourself to think outside the box, and brainstorm new ideas that catch your interest. Here’s some examples below:
Brainstorming passionate ideas
- Read Books: Start reading magazines, books, and articles until something strikes your interest. This can help your mind open up to new ideas.
- Learn new skills: Learn the art of practice with new skillsets that make you feel awkward, challenged, and uncomfortable. If you want to grow you have to get uncomfortable at first.
- Develop your curiosity: Successful entrepreneurs know this well. They ask questions, and have a keen interest in new things. Average people walk by opportunities everyday with no curiosity.
- Motivate yourself: Surround yourself with things that make you feel amazing, and begin to move your energy, thoughts, ideas, and creativity in that direction.
- Start small: Whenever we have a burst of energy it needs to be maintained with consistency. Start out doing small things without being overwhelmed with this new way of life. Big things often have small beginnings.
- Dream Big: If you’re going to have a dream make it big. Why not? It takes just as much effort to think small as it does to think big. If you can’t do big things, do small things in a big way.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela
Reclaim old hobbies
It’s amazing how small things that you’re passionate for can lead to great success. Reclaiming some of them old hobbies of the past with a little creativity can make you a lot of money doing something you love. What did you love doing in the past that you’re not doing now? Do you have that same passion in the things you’re doing now? Maybe it’s a money issue! You might be surprised how much money you can make doing things you enjoy.
You owe it to yourself to reclaim your happiness. Once you find your passion “go for it” with everything you got. Surround yourself with people who inspire you for success.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
Finding hidden treasures under layers of the past
Your life passion maybe hidden treasure in plain sight. Sometimes it’s hidden in deep layers of the past. When you train yourself to brainstorm new ideas try to focus on things you love doing now, and things you loved doing in the past. This process could help you reclaim a long-lost passion that can actually make you a lot of money. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back before you can move forward to improve your life.
Write down every new idea you can think of no matter how silly it is. You would be amazed at how many people have gotten rich from silly ideas. Let’s be honest. If you’re going to connect your life passion to your work you might as well make a lot of money doing it right? Brainstorming ideas is a great place to start. Do it often and it will help you expand your imagination.
Make your life passion internal
Passion is something that should always be internal. You can do a lot to change the environment around you, so that you’re surrounded with positive energy; however you will never be able to separate yourself from negative influence.
For this reason it is critical that you make your passion in life internal. Even in the darkest hours when faced with major obstacles, you can keep moving forward when your passion is internally ingrained within you. When your passion is internal success will come naturally.
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo
Why it’s never too late to follow your dreams
Years ago Ray Price a close friend of mine spent 40 years in the meat industry before finally retiring at 65. He was a passionate bass fisher who never stood still, and found himself getting bored after retirement. So he started making bass jigs from home to keep his sanity when he wasn’t fishing.
Soon afterwards he opened a bass shop where he made bass jigs for the local community. Within 2 years he had several employees making bass jigs sent all over the world. After 3 years of retiring he was making more money than he ever did in his entire life.
He told me one day he would have quit the meat industry years earlier…. if he had known how much money he could make doing what he loved. He taught me a great lesson in life. It’s never too late to find your bliss, and follow your dreams.
He died the same day as my sister, and both of them had a huge impact on my life. Both were very successful, and taught me how important it was to connect my life with my passion. To follow your dreams and never look back with regret.
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. Tommy Hilfiger
Continue reading things that inspire you: things that cause your inner drive to motivate you into action. Everything around us is an opportunity to discover something new, and exciting. Finding your life passion is one of the most satisfying things you will ever experience. Do everything in your power to connect your life with things you enjoy doing. It’s never too late to make positive changes, and start over with new beginnings.