Unlocking Your Purpose: Key Two

November 20, 2008

Passion is a key ingredient to living your purpose! The two are almost always tightly interwoven.  Where you find one, it’s almost guaranteed you will find the other.

What do you feel passionate about?  What are you doing about it?

I’m not saying a certain amount of what the world might consider “success” is impossible without passion. It all depends on how you look at it. Of course, with a little determination you can always apply yourself and simply “get the job done”. If that’s your definition of success, so be it.

The sad thing is, the job may be done, but you probably won’t feel a very deep sense of fulfillment as a result.  Remember, what we’re aiming for here is finding your purpose in life and living it to the fullest, not doing a job and getting paid for it.  Sadly, millions of people will spend their entire adult lives in just that manner.

Is that really what you want?  Do you believe that when your days come to an end you’ll be happy with your life if you look back and see that all you ever did was settle for “good enough”? I didn’t think so. If that were the case it’s likely you would have stopped reading this article and moved on to something else by now.

So, what are you doing that you are passionate about at this time in your life?

Anything?

Don’t worry if you had to answer “No” to that question. There will undoubtedly be periods of time for each of us when life necessitates that we set aside our dream chasing and focus on the task at hand, or at least work on the two things side by side.  I’ll share a little secret with you concerning that … it’s OK! Pursuing your purpose is a lifelong endeavor.  There will be some detours along the way.  Just don’t let that cause you to lose focus on the bigger picture.

Let me make another thing clear.  Following your passion will not guarantee that you’ll become wildly wealthy in the monetary sense of the word.  It may come down to priorities at some point.  There are a lot of people who are passionate about their work, but never make a dime at it. Take Mother Teresa for example.  She lived and died among the poorest of the poor, and yet spent her life doing what she was most passionate about. In that sense she was undoubtedly one of the wealthiest, most successful women who ever walked this earth!

I dare say that many millionaires would give everything they own to have the peace of mind and sense of fulfillment Mother Teresa possessed.  That’s just  one example of the beauty that comes from using our passion to find our true purpose for being!

I leave you with today’s challenge. Sit down and write out two lists; the first should include the things you are deeply passionate about.  On the second, write down what you are actually doing with your life right now.

Are the two lists connected in any way?

If not, I urge you to edit and combine them so they work for, not against your ultimate goal.  If at all possible, eliminate everything that clutters your path and creates obstacles for you, then replace it with those things you are passionate about.

Do something today, and every day hereafter, to make following your passion a routine part of your life!

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One Response to “Unlocking Your Purpose: Key Two”

  1. Debra Bacon Says:

    I like how your brought out Mother Teresa’s life and how she was possibly the “wealthiest, most successful women who ever walked this earth!”. When finding your passion and prioritizing ones life goals is a key to purpose and happiness. Thank you for your blog.


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