“Most people are too busy earning a living to create a life.” – Tony Robbins
Are you living your true passion and purpose in life? Often times, we become so defined by externalities such as our roles, responsibilities, titles and stuff that we are oblivious to our passion, our purpose and our destiny.
When you feel that something important is missing from your life, then you may start looking for some other externality to fulfill you. Many times, people start making really big changes, like switching careers, having affairs, or leaving their families, but you really don’t need to overhaul or jettison everything in order to have more joy in your life.
Making even small changes can nurture and feed your passions, and identifying what you are passionate about is the first step to finding your true purpose. Even following very small passions can help you experience a lot more joy and lead you to a more purposeful life.
This isn’t about setting goals. Rather, it is about trying to comprehend how you will feel when you’ve accomplished that goal. It’s awesome to attain your goals of getting a raise or losing those pesky 10 pounds, and when you look at the feelings behind these goals such as feeling secure, liberated, confident, and empowered, they will help guide you to your passion and purpose. To determine your passions, first, simply figure out what makes you happy – what lights you up? For example, maybe you loved playing basketball when you were younger. Reflect on the positive feelings you experienced from basketball. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to start playing competitive basketball again. Perhaps you can enjoy your passion for basketball in a different way, like becoming a more serious basketball fan of your local high school or college teams or by coaching youth basketball. This might give you some needed “me” time, while you are helping others with an activity you’re truly passionate about.
Take a little bit of time and ask yourself some of the following questions that might help you figure out your passions:
- If money were neither an object nor a concern, what would you do?
- What did you like to do when you were a kid?
- What are you excited about yet fearful of doing?
- If today was your last day on earth, what are the things you would regret not doing?
- If you could not fail, what would you do?
Finding and following your passions will lead you to your purpose and help you rediscover yourself. It is not your destiny to simply arrive someplace. Your destiny is to continually grow, transform, discover your purpose, embrace your journey through life and follow your bliss.
Discover your passion and celebrate it every day. When you find and truly commit to your passion and purpose in life, it will fill up your heart and inspire you to work purposefully and with clear intention at what you do and enable you to become the most authentic version of who you are. When you are passionate about what you do and who you are, you will share your love with everyone around you and inspire the world – and the universe will help you realize your dreams.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Patanjali