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A Passionate Life

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

In many ways, finding your passion in life is the same as finding your purpose in life. For many of us, the things we’re passionate about will change as we go through life, e.g. the music and the bands you’re passionate about in your teenage years may not be of any interest to you at all in your 30s, but it’s possible that a passion for music could stay with you and go on to influence your life in other ways.

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” – Jon Bon Jovi

Of course, it’s also possible to find yourself feeling completely uninspired by anything that’s going on in your life, those moments that might be described as having “lost your mojo”, so how do you find it again? Well, there’s no definitive answer, but a great starting place is to look to others for inspiration.

Passion is contagious. When you’re around people who talk passionately about what they do or what they believe in, their passion and enthusiasm rub off on you, right? The positive energy that bounces off them gives you a real lift when you’re in their company and you can’t help but feel inspired, even if you don’t share their interests.

“Inspiration can come to us at any time and from many sources.” – Jim Rohn

What’s really interesting is that the people who inspire you in some way will also tell you of the people who inspired them. It happens in sport – champion athletes are inspired to get involved in their sport through the success of other sportspeople who’ve gone before them. It happens in careers – people are inspired to enter certain careers through being around positive role models already in that line of work, or they make a career change after realising that every job they’ve ever had has been connected in some way to the one thing they’ve been passionate about all along. And it happens in life – people go through spells of feeling uninspired and wondering what the point of it all is, and then through meeting passionate people or reading inspirational stories about people who’ve followed their passion, they make their own connections about what really matters to them in life, and they discover or rediscover their mojo.

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you’re feeling uninspired, make connections.

Talk to people who inspire you in any small way and find out what motivates them on a day to day basis. What fuels their passion, and what gives them that positive energy that lifts you when you’re around them? Let the passion of others rub off on you, and you’ll soon begin to discover the things that light a fire in you when you talk about them.

Perhaps you’ve yet to discover your passion, but perhaps you’ve known all along and you just lost sight of it in the busyness of life.

If you would like more information or to hear about the latest courses and programmes that could help you with finding your passion and satisfaction in your life, email donald@zonedinperformance.com


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