Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Discovering Your Passion: What Moves You?

I want you to close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you have millions of dollars in the bank. You’re on a warm, secluded tropical island, considering your future endeavors. What do you see yourself doing? What are you passionate about pursuing for the rest of your life?
Okay, you may not have a million dollars in the bank (yet), but there is a driving force in you, propelling you to do something—something big. What is it? Pull it out of you. You only have the rest of your life to pursue it.
One of the definitions I found for passion that I like is: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for something. For example, you can have a passion for art or music.
Passion has many definitions. However, the one I want to focus on is: a strong or extravagant fondness or desire for anything. God has put certain desires in your heart. But how do you know they are there? First of all, when you even talk about something you are fond of, enthusiasm bursts out of you, and everyone can see it all over your face. I like to think of it as God Himself, oozing out of you, showing the world a sneak peak of your purpose.
You are responsible for doing the work of discovering your own purpose in life. I believe that when you discover what you are truly passionate about, you will have a piece to your life puzzle.
Former Editor-In-Chief of Essence Magazine, Susan Taylor, put it beautifully. She said, “To know yourself is to know the power of God within you. We are here to discover our truth and to make our unique contribution to life.”
I found another quote on passion by an unknown author. It connects passion with everything you do. It says, “If you have passion for what you do, the company you keep, the life you live, it will be reflected in whatever you create. Passion is like that; it springs out, jumps, unpredictable and planned, into everything we touch. If it doesn’t, others know. Passion can’t be faked and it can’t be manufactured, which is why it is so priceless.”
One thing you can do to discover what you are truly passionate about is to begin asking yourself a series of questions. What ignites your enthusiasm? What can you imagine yourself doing all day with joy? What charges you and drives you to excel? In what do you get the best results? Also, you can find your passions in your hobbies or in those things in which you have a natural talent.

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