Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.” That statement is very true, for there has never, in the history of humanity, been any discovery, innovation, or creation that was not first a spark of passion, curiosity, or devotion. Truly, the manifestation and realization of such discoveries, creations, and innovations is nothing more than the mastery of the creators passions.
Passion from the Latin Passus literally means, to suffer. This all-consuming desire to be, and to do is vitally important to success, for it is the source from which the successful person must draw his or her inspiration. Remember that everyone who succeeds in life typically gets off to a bad start initially. They pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they arrive at success. They literally SUFFER for not having achieved their passion. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the very moment of crisis, when they must choose to follow their passion, or surrender to mediocrity. Would you rather live your life’s purpose and become the person you were meant to be, or remain locked in lifestyle of tolerance and indifference, merely existing from one day to the next?
Without passion, you will never be inspired to act. Without action, you will never manifest your vision, and therefore, you will NEVER be successful! To truly live in a paradigm of conscious choice; a paradigm where you know your beliefs, your purpose, your goals, and you CHOOSE to act on them, then you must know that which stirs YOUR heart. This is crucial if you are truly going to create the reality you desire; a lifestyle built on your preferences and your goals.
Further, you must recognize that designing and creating the life that you choose requires that you first discover the purposes for behaving the way that you do. If you act without purpose, then you are likely to create a lifestyle that is hit or miss; a lifestyle that wanders about, and is based on old habits and reactions to circumstances, rather than creation. Inevitably, this eliminates the potential for success, as the truly successful consistently work toward the achievement of their vision.
Therefore, to genuinely create the lifestyle that you choose, you must face each challenge, each encounter, with purposeful choices. You must reprogram your thinking to act, rather than re-act. To choose solutions and actions that are directed toward the realistic goals of your vision that are workable in your everyday world. Find your purpose, and you will find your passion! Find your passion, and you will HAVE your vision!
How To Define My Personal Mission?
So, what can you do, today, that will point you toward your passion, your purpose? You can begin by defining you vision and creating your own personal mission statement.
1. Allocate some time alone. You need to allow yourself space and time to think, reflect, and evaluate.
2. Select an important question from the list below, or use a powerful question of your own. Be sure that the question you choose has deep, personal meaning for you and causes your heart to stir.
- What motivates me?
- If money were not object, what would I do?
- What energizes me?
- If I had no responsibilities other than myself, what would my future look like?
- What brings me the most joy, pleasure or satisfaction?
- If I had only three months to live, what I do during that time?
- What is it that I REALLY want in life?
3. Once you have chosen your question, isolate yourself. Quite you mind. Take several deep, cleansing breaths and ask the question of yourself. Allow the answers to bubble up through your intuition. Do not force them, or search them out. Wait Be patient Ask the question again after a few minutes. Know that the answers will come! The answers are yours; they have always been yours; and they have always been within you!
4. Over time, ask all of these questions; but ask the questions one at a time. Record your answers in a journal or notebook. Give yourself permission to take a break between these sessions. Self-reflection can be hard work, and any progress is good progress! Congratulate yourself for work well done!
5. Once you have responded to the questions, consolidate your responses. Look for patterns or themes. These patterns and themes will become your personal mission statement. Share your responses with a coach or mentor so that you can merge his or her perceptions with your own. This is vitally important, as this will serve to establish your vision and affirm your purpose.
Having a mission statement will center your actions on the goals that YOU choose; on the lifestyle that YOU select. It will lead to your ability to direct your effort toward these goals, rather than wasting effort on things that do not meet your needs and your vision, and that do lead to success. This is your first step toward creating success and toward purposeful living.
Only one question remains. Are you ready to begin?
Prepare For Success
Once you have prepared your body and mind for success, it’s time for the next step and to choose the right target to shoot for. The more clear you are on what you’re shooting for, the better your chances will be of hitting the mark.
I would lock myself in my room and take the phone off the hook…or even better, find a place away from your normal environment, a quiet peaceful place, preferably around nature – in the woods or a nice park, etc.
Once I’m there, I would take a few moments to relax and soak it all in. Get your mind to a calm, comfortable, relaxed state. Then, I would start by making a list of all the things I enjoy doing, all of my interests and hobbies, all of my passions. Since we’re starting from scratch, we might as well pick a subject/business that we would enjoy doing, right?
I would spend at least a good few hours on really getting this information out of myself. Think of what your ideal jobs or careers are. What have you enjoyed doing in the past? What did you enjoy a lot as a kid? What are the things that really make you come alive? Add everything to the list. Don’t worry about how you’re going to make money doing those things yet. Just put together as thorough a list as you can.
See…you want to do what you enjoy, what you love.
Pick the kind of lifestyle you want first – then build the business around that!
Only after your list is done, should you think of turning those hobbies/interests/passions into a business. Pick the top 5 choices out of your list and think of how you can help others by doing them. For example, if you really enjoy cooking and that was one of your top 5 choices, you can now start thinking of ways to turn that into a business.
You could, for example, share your recipes with others, teach them to cook like you, or you could even cook for them. Personally, I love selling information. So, I would probably decide to sell an informational product, say a book of recipes, a ‘learn-to-cook’ type of manual, or something along those lines.
My belief is that when you do something you really enjoy doing and you find a way to help others while doing it, making money is just a natural end result.
How Do You Define Success
What are the things that really matters to you at work? How do you define success at work? Majority of the working people confess to experience a disconnection between having a job and doing what they are really passionate about. Many of these people are experiencing irregular sleeping habits, stress, and left for years wondering what really matters in their life. Since work is not just an eight-hour interruption of the day and you spend most of waking hours on it, it is important to start finding your passion and incorporate it in your job. Whether you like it or not, you are affected by choices you make at your job. How you act at work is often the most documented record of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe.
For you to feel what really matters it is important that you can clearly determine the how, when, and why of the discovery of finding joy, serenity, and fulfillment in life. Firstly, you must find yourself. Many people already knows what really matters to them but are clouded with daily excuses and conflicting priorities that restricts them from following their lifelong wishes. If you want to find your passion you must let your heart and true calling guide you.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What made your greatest work experience so great?
- What made your worst experience so bad?
- What is the most important thing missing from your life right now?
- Who is most important to you?
- What lesson has served you best throughout your career?
- What message has been bouncing inside your head for the past year?
- Who influenced you the most?
The answers to these questions are the lessons you learned in your work life. Ponder on them; it will keep you always on track to your passions in life.
The things we do at work transforms the way other people view us. Does your work reflect your true personality? Or your everyday choices at work allow you to be true to yourself? If you want to life your life to the fullest, have the courage to be true to your passion and find the job that gives you the opportunity to do it.
The Bottom Line: Passion+Purpose=Success
Follow your heart and dreams and strive on finding your passion. When you do this, you will experience a transformational leap of knowing yourself and connection to the universe. Each person has a unique final discovery of their passion but it truly determines who you want to be. World-renowned essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson has sum up the things that defines an individuals success, you might find inspiration thru his words:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”