Someone once said "Do things with passion or not at all." Its often at this point of the year that I make some new goals, evaluate my progress up to this point and prep for some positive changes in my life. In the midst of all of this, I began to think about things that invigorate, energize and inspire me..what drives me to do something? Your motives, reasons and beliefs play a big part in your daily routine, but have you ever stopped to think about what causes those? Passion is something that can cause an interruption, a change, a movement..it gives meaning and fuels desire. If this is so important, why don't we take time to examine what role passion plays in our lives?
I've found that passion is almost like an adrenaline..you are so energized and driven that obstacles and possible setbacks don't even register as you work towards a goal. There's such energy and excitement in passion that you're unstoppable. What causes passion to well up within us so much to move us forward? Things like opportunities, a particular cause or need, God-given talents & abilities, values and beliefs are all catalysts for passion to arise. When you find something that drives you so much that you grab on and refuse to let go until changes happen, you know it's passion.
When I was in 8th grade, I remember going to a conference for teen girls, and it was there that I realized that there was a need for strong mentoring & leadership training for the pre-teen to teenage age group. Working with teens and empowering and training the next generation of leaders was something that sparked a passion inside of me, so ever since then, I've used that passion to begin my work on a book for young women, invested many summers helping to train students in leadership, and have had many opportunities to speak and influence teens in a positive direction. All of these things are energizing to me, and continue to fuel my passion for working with the next generation. Perhaps that's something you're interested in, or maybe your passions lie in a different area; whatever that is for you, find it, and invest time and energy into fueling it.
While the excitement of passion-driven activities is thrilling, it is also important to check priorities as well..what kinds of things should you be passionate about? Are they worth investing your time & energy in? Will passion cause changes that make a positive difference? These are all questions you'll have to answer yourself in examining the passions in your life and the causes that invigorate and excite you. Don't settle for the life of passive mediocrity, but instead find your passion, and begin working towards achievement. Perhaps passion is something that you need to allow in your daily routine; finding the excitement and meaning behind a job that maybe seems stagnant...or maybe even totally switching career fields and doing something you know you'd really love. There's no limits or rules that say you're too young or too old to get passionate about things in life. Find your passion and follow it.
What are you passionate about?