Happy Wednesday folks, today’s theme for our white board Wednesday is passion. I am sure all of us have an idea of what passion means however there are many of us who lack it in the work we do. As Oprah Winfrey said “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”. To some individuals passion in their work comes naturally and to others it may be something they have to develop overtime. In either case, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have passion because true happiness comes from doing the work you are passionate about.
To be passionate is to be authentic to yourself and when you do something that you love you get loads of energy. It sometimes surprises me of how many people there are out there who remain dissatisfied with their jobs. They hold no passion in what they do but they simply have to do it to earn money. Can you imagine waking up every morning and having to go to work which you absolutely loathe? By the time you come home from work not only are you tired but also unsatisfied because you haven’t done anything which makes you happy. On the other hand if you have a job which you cherish, then imagine how different your life would be? Doing something that you are passionate about makes you jump out of bed and look forward to the day ahead. In this case, what you do makes you energized, excited and motivated rather than leaving you tired and unhappy.
Passion not only makes your day-to-day more rewarding but it also builds inspiration, courage and confidence within you to do great things. It opens up the doors to a wide range of opportunities and brings excitement to one’s life. When you are passionate you are continuously striving to do more and learn more to reach your full potential. In addition, having a passion also benefits people around you as you spread your positive vibes and inspiration among them.
On an end note, realizing your true passion may or may not always be obvious. To some people realizing their passion comes easily and to others it may be something that they have to develop or scavenge to find. Whatever the case might be, it is important that one takes the time to realize their true passion. To those who are trying to find their passion, below are a few tips to get you thinking:
1. Find what you are good at
What are your talents, gifts or skills? What do you enjoy doing? Are there certain qualities for which people repeatedly acclaim you?
2. Find what excites you
Is there a hobby, job or volunteering position that excites you? Is there a part of your job that excites you?
3. What do you spend hours reading about?
This is probably the best predictor of you passion. Think about a list of things which you always crave to know more about and spend hours for this purpose.
Brainstorm a list of ideas for the above three aspects and see if there are any qualities of yours which overlap in all three aspects.