Monday, October 18, 2010

Find your Passion

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could find "passion" in your work? Would you still call it work? Or would you call it life or fulfilling your purpose? I absolutely love my work, my business, the people I work with, the tailgates, selling, leasing and managing houses. I love growing something from nothing to something of value, to something that can not only provide for me, but can provide for others, something that contributes to society. I love to inspire others around me and help them become the best they can be. Are there days when I get stressed out beyond belief and wish I was working in some mindless job that paid me a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks, of course. But I am passionate about what I do which is why I do it.

Whats your passion? What makes you excited to get up in the morning? What in your life do you do and lose track of time because you are so focused on the task at hand? Anything in your life that you love to talk about? defines Passion as "Boundless enthusiasm". Is there anything in your life that you can honestly say you have "Boundless Enthusiasm" for?

It seems like all to many times I talk to and hear people that don't love what they do. That actually have a job, just to have one. They seem to be going through the motions of life without any purpose or direction. How can you possibly give your full efforts to something you are not passionate about? Do you think Michael Jordan was the best basketball player ever without passion for the game? Without passion for something, how can you work for anything because you really don't "love " something enough to work for it?

Here is a good example of this - I am passionate about being the best leader of my business I can be. Because I am so passionate about this, I am constantly looking for ways to improve in that area. I strongly believe that exercise is a key element to me being the best leader I can be. Why? Because I believe it creates energy, I believe it helps me clear my mind, it helps me come up with new ideas, it helps me relax and rid myself of stress and it forces me to stay disciplined in other areas of my life. Do I love to run? Well I don't hate it but I can think of 1000 other things that I would rather do with my time. However, because I am passionate about being the best leader I allow myself to be passionate about running because without one its going to be much harder to accomplish the other. This mentality has allowed me to actually enjoy and look forward to running.

"Nothing great in this world has ever been accomplished without passion."

Passion, if used correctly, should be a driving force behind you and your life. Passion is something that others can sense in you. When someone exerts passion people sense it and its amazing how they respond. Finding your passion will change your world because the moment you find it and pursue it, everything becomes a part of that passion. You will no longer "have to wake up" but you will "get to wake up" and just maybe it will no longer be called work! Wait and see what you can accomplish with a little passion.

And one more thing: Passion is not something only for work or your job. Passion should be prevalent in all aspects of your life. If you spend any amount of relevant time doing something, why not be passionate about it! Passion can be exerted with your family, your friends, your hobbies, your faith, helping others, whatever it may be. This idea may actually make you stop and reconsider where you are spending your time and on what? If time is the limited resource, shouldn't we be spending all of ours on things we are passionate about?

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.”
~T. Alan Armstrong

Happy Tuesday!

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