Living Your Passion

I often feel a deep sense of empathy and some sadness for clients who are unhappy in their job or bored in their life.  Somewhere along the way, usually out of the need to just get a job and meet the needs of life, they got caught up in the day-to-day routine of making a living or just moving through life as it comes.  This can be a set-up for depression.

 

I believe that everyone has passion within them for something and it’s either known and tapped, untapped, or not yet discovered.  If it’s truly within everyone, then why miss out on it?

Sometimes, we can’t live our passion fully until we’ve worked our way there.  This can be the case when we are working on a degree or toward a promotion, but even the ride to the goal should bring about a feeling of excitement because we are moving toward what we love.

 

If you aren’t living your passion, consider these three places to start:

 

  1. Do I know what I’m passionate about and if I do, am I fully engaging in it to the degree I would like?  
    Not everyone works in their area of passion.  Sometimes it’s about being an advocate for a cause, volunteering, growing a garden, traveling, etc.  But it is active.  What do you want the world to know?  What change do you want to make in the world?  What do you want to give the world?  

    I often tell people to think back to childhood and try to remember what they loved to do, got excited about and maybe, in their then imaginary world, wanted to be.  To find your passion, it’s not necessary to think in terms of career or work. First find what you love and then if desired, figure out how to turn that into a job.
     

  2. Now that you know what you love, it’s time to WRITE the plan.  Start at the bottom.  Did you always want to work with animals?  You don’t just jump right into veterinary school.  First you make a list of what it would take to get there.  Feel like you don’t want to go back to college at this point in your life?  Why not volunteer for an animal rescue?  There are many ways to get involved, all of which would likely inspire you as you feel the passion, to take whatever steps you need to get even more involved.  That’s what happens….you just start by getting your feet wet in your dream world and the rest begins to fall into place.
     

  3. Take one action step today!  Talk to someone doing what you would love to do or google your interest.  Learning and insight about your topic is at your fingertips.  Take a class.  Read a book.  Just get started.  Begin with the end in mind, but don’t be overwhelmed by how far away the end may be.  Every day you will be a day closer than you would have been if you didn’t start.

 

So if you wake up and say to yourself ..…”well another day of the same ole thing” or “I dread going to work”, then you are wasting precious life.  Just do it!