Passion. What image bubbles up in your mind at the mention of Passion? Is it love? Romance? An innate sense of accomplishment or joy? Consider with me for a moment, what does it mean to be truly passionate?
Many are confused by passion. Most crave it, though they are unable to explain what passion is for them.
Passion is not another person, an object or an attachment to form. If this were passion, what happens to the expression when you lose the object of your desire, or it is taken away from you, or becomes unattached to you? Passion, in fact, doesn’t exist in a form, it exists inside of you. Passion exists in the footprint you want to leave behind after you are gone. It’s a trap to search externally for that which can only be found within. What do you, uniquely you, special, exquisite you, desire most to accomplish in your lifetime?
Passion isn’t something you can purchase, study, acquire a degree or certification for. Passion is so innately woven into our DNA. Passion is an unquenchable fire burning within you to create something that only you can manifest. Passion is the key element in creation itself.
When do we know we have found our true passion? We identify its spark when we recognize a deep knowing. We feel it from inside, not identify it from the outside. When we place time and attention to that spark within our own being, our passion and our creativity begin to expand. As we further recognize the spark within us and feed it with our awareness, attention and energy, the fuel of our awareness potentiates our actions and eventual achievement. However, passion can become buried if we ignore our inner world. We can risk losing our spark and experiencing a dullness to our existence that leaves us wanting and feeling unfulfilled. Feelings of sleepwalking through our life are our wake-up call to pay attention and go within. Go inside to find the secret to what you want most to do on the outside.
If we tend to our flames of passion, we are always in control of how bright our flame burns, whether it is a long, warm, smolder, or a bonfire of epic proportion. We are drawn to people in our lives who possess a high level of passion because they attract us by their charisma and energy like a moth to a flame. We crave the life force they seem to wield in their lives and want it for ourselves. We are attracted to others who have strong flames, clearly defined passions, either because we are in awe of how they have created such a fire in their life or because we have forgotten how to fan our own flames and are hoping that a stray spark of their energy will ignite our own smoldering coals.
Here are some quick and simple thoughts to consider when deciding what you are truly passionate about:
- Make it something you deeply care about.
- It is in alignment with your integrity.
- The pursuit of your passion has to be a part of your value structure.
- It has to be something you get excited about.
- If you are truly passionate, it is something you are willing to stand-up for even in the face of great adversity.
Forcing the discovery of a passion cannot succeed. It is a failure to convince yourself through the vehicle of your mind and logic. You don’t decide to be passionate, you just ARE. True passion comes from a place where you don’t have to convince yourself it is the right thing for you. When you discover your passion you will find you are completely in alignment with who you are. No one has ever been talked into passion or talked out of passion.
What if you don’t know where to start?
Do some excavation work. If you have ever built a fire before, you know you can have plenty of material but sometimes you choke out a flame by piling too much on top of it. What a spark of passion needs to ignite and burn is an opportunity for it to breathe and get oxygen. Sometimes you have to dig deep for your inner spark. I’ve found, when you can’t imagine what you love or enjoy, this is an alarm saying you aren’t living or alive at all but merely sleepwalking through life.
Still can’t see your passion? Take the time to remember what you used to care about, what you were more alive doing. What do you love? What makes you feel alive? Take some time to reflect on your purpose and what you want to be known for. What is your legacy? What would someone say about you after you are gone? Ask yourself, what makes you excited and wanting to wake up in the morning?
Begin with the end in mind. When you leave this place what do you hope to leave behind? Our time is limited, so don’t waste yours.