Everyday millions of people get up and drag themselves to an occupation that they have absolutely no passion for and which does not fulfill them in any way other than providing a paycheck and a social outlet. It literally is an emotional and spiritual death of sorts. Life is about passion. Passion for the ones you love, passion for your causes, and passion for your life’s work.
When what you are doing is devoid of any passion, in a sense you feel empty and trapped, and the spiritual and emotional price is too much to pay. It’s much like the mule hopelessly tied to the plow just trudging along hoping to get enough to eat so it can muster the strength to endure another day of a life without passion.
Admittedly, for human beings, traps are of our own making. It’s our own resourcefulness, or lack thereof, which will determine if we stay stuck to the plow or free ourselves so we can roam the range and find our own fields of passion, abundance, and variety. So, for those of us stuck to the plow and a life without passion, how do we even begin to plot our escape and follow our dreams of a life filled with passion?
First, we have to have a better vision for our lives, one that includes passion and abundance. You deserve to be doing what you are passionate about. Life was not meant to be lived doing something we find meaningless and for which we have no passion. Can you now open the window of that small room you’ve locked yourself in all these years? What do you see outside of that room? That’s your passion out there just waiting for you to claim it. Your passion wants to claim you. Have the courage to claim a life of passion.
When you have passion for what you are doing, life takes on a whole new meaning. Your “work” doesn’t seem like work at all. In fact, those who are doing what they have a passion for often state that they actually have that feeling of resentment when they have to temporarily leave their “work” and tend to the other businesses of life.
Ask yourself when are you happiest? What is it that you are doing when you are at your happiest? When you’ve answered that question, you’ve found your “muse”. A “muse” is defined as “a source of inspiration; a guiding genius”. By finding your muse and, therefore, your passion, you make the quantum leap from the walking dead to the truly living. It’s only when you are actively engaged in your passion that you are truly living.
If you are already employed, you have the luxury of indulging your muse and your passion and developing your skills while you simultaneously stay afloat financially. Your inspiration and passion will flourish best absent financial or imminent deadline pressures. Many successful people today nourished their passion in this way until they were in a position to devote all their resources to engaging their passion full time.
Enter Daymond John of FUBU. Like a lot of people, Mr. John initially saw FUBU as a hobby. There did come a day when he made a commitment to himself to get serious about his passion and establish a daily schedule. This was a critical point because when you have a vision, it’s still a dream but when you schedule it, it becomes REAL!
Mr. John’s daily schedule would include sewing hats himself, taking orders for the product, packaging them and shipping them out. Then he would go to his full time job at Red Lobster and, when he came home from that job, he’d make more hats and count the new incoming orders. He repeated this process daily for two years even though he had already successfully placed his product in some of the hottest music videos of the time.
Mr. John has always said that it was his passion for his project that pushed him through. Which brings us to a very important point. If you don’t have passion for what you are doing, how successful will you be? It is your passion that will ignite your energy, your creativity, and your ingenuity. Passion is what will drive you to excel at what you are doing. Passion is what will enable you to prove the naysayers wrong. Passion is what will leave you feeling fulfilled. Your passion is waiting. It’s time to drop the ruse and find your muse.
An unmistakeable principle of life is that it is always changing and morphing over time. How that life changes and morphs is entirely up to you. You have the ability to morph into something so incredible and awesome, but to claim it, you have to be able to see better possibilities for yourself. Develop that vision right now.
About the Author
The author, Allan Gregoire, has worked in the legal profession, financial services, and the resort industry and writes content for his website http://actionmaxims.com
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