It’s no secret that living with passion can enhance your life. Passionate people are healthier, happier, more vibrant and more enthusiastic than the majority of the population. People who live with passion are also more attractive and more charismatic – we all want to hang out with them in hopes that their sparkle dust will rub off and transform our lives.
And then there are the sleepyheads who are stuck in what spiritual teacher Stuart Wilde calls, the land of “tick-tock”. These people schlep around the office in uncomfortable neckties, with one eyeball glued to the clock, waiting for quitting time. Tick-tockers live for evenings and weekends and for that magical day in the not-too-distant future when they will win the lottery and retire to the Caymans.
The problem with tick-tockers is that their minds are preoccupied with the future. They have no grasp on present moment reality, because their lives are devoid of magic, mystery, and most of all, passion.
Discovering your passion ensures that you are enjoying your life NOW, not just in some distant mental concept that never arrives. But even if you are aware that you want more passion, what if you don’t know what you’re passionate about? Fortunately, discovering your passion is easier than you think.
The quickest way to uncover your passion is to go to a huge bookstore and notice what subjects you’re attracted to. Make a commitment not to “think” too hard about this, just observe yourself while you’re there. Stand at the front of the store and ask yourself, “What am I interested in?” “What really intrigues me?” “If I had a $1000 gift certificate for this store, what would I buy?”
I created this exercise for myself last week during some soul searching of my own. Intuitively I realized that it’s time to start living with a higher degree of passion. So I cleared my mind, took myself to the bookstore, and simply observed my actions. It was pretty clear what my latest passion is according to the books I bought home: The Psychic Pathway, You are Psychic, and Extraordinary Psychic. ☺
Once you’ve found your passion, consider ways you could make a living from it. Spend some time on Google and find out how other people have transformed their passion into a vocation. Feel the inspiration in your body when you read their stories. The most successful people don’t work for money; they work for joy. In fact, people who are making a living with their passion often tell you that they don’t “work” at all.
If you can’t find a way to make a living from your passion, at least incorporate it into your daily life. You can be happy at even the lamest job if you look at it as a way to “fund” your passion.
Another thing to keep in mind about your passions is that they will change. There was period of my life when I was passionate about bagels and step aerobics, but fortunately that time has passed. You’ll know it’s time to uncover a new passion when something that once excited you now feels dull.
My challenge for you this week is to uncover your passion and have a brainstorming session on how you could make a living out of it. Then, make sure to tell me all about it by leaving your comment below. ☺
how do you distinguish between what should be a hobby verses what can be a career. I love music but am not fully ready to dedicate myself completely to it as I would like it to always be part of my life… hobby or career?
Just a thought.. thanks!
This is a Phenomenal idea… I’m heading to Chapters(and/or City Lights o) tomorrow and I’ll let you know what I come up with.. Even as I write this though, I know where I Hope I end up.. I think that’s my first clue… Thanx for being Awesome :o)
I don’t remember ever really having a passion. But….I believe I finally have one. I hope it never dulls. That would be scary.