How Is Passion Developed
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There’s a myth that passion is something you either have or don’t, which isn’t true at all. You can be passionate about almost anything!
Some things are easier to develop passion for than others, but it is totally possible to feel passionate about just about anything.
It takes effort, practice, and sometimes lots of mistakes before you get there, but once you do, you'll know it.
Consistency is one of the biggest factors in passion development. You will not develop passion for something if you are never given the chance to do so. If you have it, try doing different things about your current passion to see what sparks more interest.
If you’re already passionate about something, why not find ways to hone your skills or areas of the field you are already familiar with? Or maybe learn more about how to better leverage your passion.
Alternatively, if there’s something you’re interested in but no one else seems to be, start a group! Get some people together and help foster the passion that others seem to lack.
And don’t forget to take breaks from passions – we need time to re-focus and grow new interests.
Develop your skills
We are spending more time in front of screens than ever before, which is why it is so important to develop our media-use habits.
There’s a reason that we refer to people with healthy media use as “media enthusiasts” — they enjoy looking at and analyzing media content. They feel motivated when they spend time studying how different media products appeal to others or motivate them to action.
By understanding the factors that influence passion, you can apply these principles to enhance your engagement with media content.
Furthermore, research indicates that strong passions emerge from frequent experiences. The more you expose yourself to things you want, the easier it will be to find them!
So start exploring today! There are many ways to do this, from watching movies to reading books to engaging in sports and music.
Build a support system
We are spending our lives working, which is great if you're in the work force but what about after that? What happens when you stop having employment or being paid to do something?
If you want to keep your passion as a career going, you'll need to develop the skill of passion-driven self-employment. This means doing things like designing your own clothes, writing your own books, filming your own YouTube videos – you name it!
Having a supportive network can help you get through those times when you're lacking motivation. You can be more creative than ever before by sharing your ideas with people who will give you feedback and encouragement.
By learning how to use your skills to achieve your dreams, you'll find yourself feeling happier and more motivated, which is the first step towards rekindling your passion for what you were inspired to do in the first place.
Do not be afraid to try new things
It is very difficult to develop passion for something if you do not expose yourself to it. If you are not willing to try new foods, then you will never like eating food that has too much butter in it. You will also struggle to enjoy dancing if you have never tried it before.
When we were kids, most of us enjoyed playing sports. But as we grew up, many people stop doing these sports because they feel tired after training for them.
If you cannot motivate yourself to exercise, then you should look into finding your passion by trying other activities or games. A way to get more motivated to work out could be to watch someone else play the game or workout session.
It’s important to remember that no one was ever passionate about an activity until they made their own effort to learn how to perform it.
Changing how you feel about something is not typically done by staying in the same state of mind. It’s more like switching states — from numb to hot, for example.
Numbing is feeling apathetic or detached about something, whereas being hot feels like your heart is rushing out of your chest.
Neither one is good unless you are talking about a body part. Numb people usually have normal mood swings, but they are not very emotional. They may be able to control their emotions at times, but it is not the same as experiencing strong emotion.
Being hot means that you feel extremely passionate or excited about something. You could probably tell me what movie you want to see and I would agree, but then we would never go because you don’t care enough to pay money to watch it.
That isn’t quite right though. Money doesn’t make someone passionless, so if you really wanted to go see that movie, you would find a way to do it without spending any money.
It’s just that most things aren’t worth that much to you. Or, at least you wouldn’t say “this thing” is worth that much, even though you think you would choose it over no such thing.
So try thinking about something that makes you cold. Does anyone ever truly lose sleep over nothing? I doubt it.
Think about how you can help others
The second way to develop passion is by helping other people feel good. You could work for an organization that makes people happy, or you could become self-employed and do things that make you happy.
Running your own business comes with its share of challenges, but it also brings a sense of satisfaction that goes beyond money.
As we've discussed before, being passionate about something means you're going into it with all the right motives — like wanting to learn more about it, developing skills related to it, and sharing it with other people.
But what if someone doesn't want you to do that? What if they don’t agree that those are valid reasons to be engaged with a thing?
That's when things get tricky.
Understand the basics
There is one thing that seems to always play a huge role in passion development for most people, and that’s understanding the basics.
It’s easy to get distracted by the flashy or cool things that other people are doing, but staying focused on what you know how to do well can help launch your career or journey towards something bigger.
Staying in touch with who you are as an artist is more important than ever before. You have to believe in yourself and trust your gut, and it will take you places.
If you want to keep developing your artistic talent, stay hungry, learn from others, read books and apply what you learn.
Focus on what you love
There is one word that every successful person uses to describe how they became passionate about their job or career – focus. They focused on the thing for so long, it consumed all of their time, energy and mind-set.
This focus can be on something individualized — like learning more about the area that makes you feel passionate–or it can be on a larger scale — developing your field or profession.
Either way, when someone else calls you out on what you are passionate about, you know because you have self-checked this off list before.
You may not love what you do for the money or the prestige, but if there was no passion behind what you did, you would probably look forward to doing your job each day instead of looking forward to going home at night.
Passion comes from feeling __________ (insert your top choice here). It’s knowing THAT feeling that you want to bring into the rest of your life. And then bringing it into other areas of your life to find that feeling again.