How to Find Your Passion

John Dir
 


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In this life, it is easy for a person to devote their time to the race for things, money, career, and the many activities that demand urgent attention. For many, these pursuits represent a diversion from looking for something of deeper value and worth within themselves. Living with high standards and demands on our innate talents can certainly lead to preoccupation, but often do not help us achieve the discovery of the central passion that drives worthwhile achievement from within. It is possible for people to have multiple talents, be extremely gifted in the ability to accomplish objectives, find financial security, success, and accolades, but still be completely devoid of a driving passion for anything.

Having a defined passion for something does not necessarily connect with the things people feel they have to do in order to function. Though tasks can be associated with a passion, the tasks do not define what a passion truly is. In order to connect with the concept of having a passion for something, it is best to start by defining what this quality represents. Passion is a pure form of motivation or compulsion that provides an energizing constant which is independent of environmental demands. It is an irresistible drive to focus one’s attention and energy to accomplishing something of personal worth, which cannot be daunted by a sense of failure to accomplish the goal.

Passion generates satisfaction in the pursuit of a goal that is equally as great as the ultimate accomplishment of the objective. The personal sense of passion is not influenced by the opinions of other people, it does not die when rejected by others, and it does not fade over the course of time. It is something that can be applied to achieve earnings, success, and other benefits, but does not depend on these things to operate.

Passion can be discovered by stripping away all the layers of distraction for things one feels they are forced to address in daily living, and examining one’s inner self from a different perspective. The individual sense of passion can take many different forms, but the ingredients are the same. To begin one’s understanding, the first exercise is to contemplate and meditate on the question, “If there was nothing in the world that I was required to do, what would I want to do?"

After thinking about this question for a while, and closely examining the kinds of things that occur to you, you might be surprised by some of the answers that surface. If the answers your mind invents for this question are superficial, you can test them by taking your own inspirational advice and acting on these ideas. If they rev your engine, excite you, energize you, and motivate you to hop out of bed in the morning to have another chance to pursue them, you have begun to tap into your true inner passion. If your response falls short of this description, you have more inner searching to do.

A variation of this exercise is to broaden the scope of the question to appeal to a higher level of your sense of adventure and imagination. You might wish to ask the question in this form, “If I had all the resources I could ever imagine, all the creative power in the universe at my command, and I could accomplish anything I wanted just by defining it, what would I want to do with my life?"

You can further test the strength of your conviction for the results of this exercise by talking with other people about the conclusions that occur to you. Do not qualify your definitions with what you think is possible or impossible; just work on trying to actually define what your driving motivation in life actually turns out to be. If the results turn out to be “silly dreams" in the opinions of other people, and these opinions sap the energy from your inspiration, you have not yet found your passion. Your life’s passion may be discovered in an instant, or take many long years to uncover. You will know you have it when your heart of hearts tells you, “I don’t care what other people think. I know this is what I want to do, and I am going to get started making it happen. I don’t care how long it takes, or how difficult it will be for me to accomplish; I just know I need to see where this idea will take me. "

Whether your true passion is to invent new ways to mow lawns, or come up with the first interstellar drive, you will be more likely to have the devotion needed to accomplish the goal than anyone who just happened to fall into the occupation by chance. Have you found a passion yet?

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