Reignite your passion!
The other day I reflected on the activities I do and where my real passion lays. I enjoy encouraging and lifting up others and listening to their life experiences. I have a strong passion for teaching and mentoring whether on a one to one basis or in a group setting. I am stepping out and developing my “public speaking” skills by taking all opportunities that come my way in sharing my experience and knowledge depending on the setting.
When I am in discussion and a topic is brought forward that I am passionate about, I work hard to contain my excitement. I am aware I can be more focused on getting my point across than listening to the other person. I am bursting to speak – not because I love the sound of my own voice but because the topic touches me personally and brings out various emotions. This runs in my family. My husband has commented on a number of occasions that when my sister and I are deep in discussion, it looks as though we are arguing. Oh the shame!
Without passion, one will struggle to work in excellence and enthusiasm. There must be a burning desire within you to make that change, to reach a certain group of people. It may derive from personal experience (good or bad) or an area of interest you have developed over time. Either way it must exist as this is what will keep you committed and focused when you face challenges and self -doubt.
It is of course possible for one to have a career they are not highly excited about. On a daily basis, I witness commuters on their way to work with glum faces and that “I would much rather be in my bed” look. Perhaps they are frustrated with their day to day workload, long hours, long commute, working conditions or the increasing pressures of working. Changing career may not be feasible for them at present. It is highly unlikely one would choose a hobby or commit to voluntary work where they have little interest. This is unpaid work so there would need to be an immediate incentive.
Do not be that person who lives half a life. Do not be that person who fails to discover what sets your heart alive, what gives you a purpose. Instead discover and nurture your gifts and interests. If you are not in the job of your dreams, identify how you can shape the role you are in. Shadow an officer who works in a field of interest, implement a new system, offer to assist on a project. Bring passion back into your life!
What is your passion?
Have your passions changed over the years?
What has contributed to this?