How Much Is Passion 2022
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This week, we are talking about how much is passion. What does it mean? Why is it so important to have in your life? More importantly, why should you care about investing in passion at this stage of your life?
Many people feel that if they don’t feel passionate about something, then there isn’t really anything they want to do with their lives. Or, they believe that because they aren’t passionate about everything, then there must be one thing that they can’t do.
Both of these ideas are totally wrong!
You will spend your life trying to find things that you are not passionate about and also thinking that you can’t do some things because you don’t feel passionately about them. Both concepts lead to more stress and less success.
This article will talk about why having passion is so essential to living a happy, successful life. And, I will give you my opinion on what I think is an appropriate amount of passion to seek out in your life.
What does passion mean
We often talk about passionate people, but what is that actually like to be one? What are some markers or clues you can look for to determine if someone is truly passionate about something?
It’s not just having a strong internal desire for something, it’s also being able to describe how they want to perform their job related to that thing. They need to know why they work so hard for this goal and how to motivate themselves when setbacks occur.
And there will always be setbacks! No matter how well prepared you are, things will go wrong sometimes. It's your responsibility as an employee to get back up and keep going because you invested in yourself by learning your job.
But what if your employer doesn’t seem to care much about its employees? You might feel powerless to do anything about it. Your colleagues and superiors could easily walk away without investing in anyone else. This would hurt you and your career long term.
How to become passionate
Being passionate is great, but there’s something that gets in the way of most people becoming passionty.
It's not knowing what you want to be done with your life.
It's not having enough motivation to put in the effort needed to achieve your goal.
It's not having the time to devote to your goals because you have to work extra hours or spend more money to make ends meet.
It's not believing in yourself enough to do things that are outside your comfort zone.
All of these reasons prevent individuals from becoming passionate about their dreams.
In this article, I will talk about some ways to get out of this rut and how to become passionate about whatever you wanted to be. These tips can help anyone anywhere!
I'll also share my story as proof that it works. Read on for all the details.
What does it mean to be passionate
Being passionate is not just having strong feelings for something, but actually engaging in the thing that makes you feel those emotions. It is experiencing this engagement to the fullest.
When we talk about being passionate, there are two main things that people seem to struggle with. One is what defines passion and the other is how to come up with the appropriate amount of passion you have for something.
Defining what constitutes as passion can sometimes be tricky.
How to be more passionate
We are all given the same amount of passion we were born with, but how you use it is up to us!
There’s a myth that if you work hard and put in the effort into something, then you will feel this strong burning desire to pursue it. This isn’t true at all, because we don’t always know what we want until we find it.
The thing about passion is, it’s not just one thing; it’s everything. It’s being totally invested in and committed to another cause or person for a long time. It’s knowing even when things aren’t going well that you’ll keep trying anyway.
It’s having such a strong interest in something that you have to do it even if you hate doing it. You have to force yourself to like it because you believe so strongly in its potential.
That is what makes people passionate — they think deeply and consistently about how to improve the product, service, or idea.
Identify what you are passionate about
Now, this may sound very simple but it is not! It can be tricky to figure out how much passion you have for something if you don’t know what you are passionate about.
Most people get through their lives without knowing what they really want from life. You might like your job well enough you don’t feel like you need to do anything else with your life, or you could be in a relationship that makes you happy, so you stop looking outside of yourself for happiness.
But there comes a time when you have to ask yourself what you want out of life and why you should put more effort into achieving that goal.
If you spend all your time watching TV shows, listening to music, or spending time with people who share your same interests as you, then chances are you aren’t investing in much beyond that at this stage.
Become an expert at it
There is one thing that seems to separate people who make large changes in their lives from those who don’t, and it isn’t really about having all of the answers or living with passion for something else instead. It's being able to articulate why you need to change your life and be passionate about changing it.
It sounds cliché, but true courage is speaking without fear of consequences. What if you're wrong? You could lose everything! But we’d all be lost now anyway, so what difference does it make?
That question has haunted me ever since I was young. As soon as I realized how badly my family had broken down because of my parents' divorce, and how much my mom struggled after Dad left, I knew I needed to get out before I made the same mistakes. And I have -- she still loves me, even though I'm not always sure she knows what to do with me!
But I couldn't keep going unless I found something I was truly passionate about. Something I wanted to show up every day and be great at. My career eventually shifted into public service, and teaching others how to become experts in their field is exactly what I love to do.
Do not let passion go to waste
Let’s look at it from another angle then. What if we asked you how much passion you had right now?
What if we told you that you were only living once, what if we asked you to imagine spending all of your money and resources for the next year on something that made you feel empty inside, something that you kept trying to pull away as soon as you started doing it, was wasting your life?
What if we asked you to think about all of the things you wanted but never pursued because you didn’t believe you would be successful? What if we asked you to consider everything you have given up because you do not believe you deserve success or happiness?
We are talking about things like wishing you had gone back to school, wished you had spent time with your friends earlier, wished you lived in a city closer to work so you could walk or take public transportation instead of having to rely on cars, etc. We are talking about things such as wishing you worked in an area you felt passionate about, wanting to keep learning new skills even though you already have some under your belt, etc.
These are just examples, there are limitless ways that you can spend your time chasing dreams if you want to, you are the one who has to decide whether you will is enough.
Find a way to channel your passion
Now that you know what is causing your stress, it’s time to find ways to reduce it or even get rid of it altogether.
It may be difficult at first to determine how to address these issues, but don’t give up!
Keep looking for solutions until you find one that works for you. You may need to try out several before finding one that cuts down on stress enough to make a difference.
That's okay though because there are many things in life that feel good and can leave you feeling relaxed.
Some examples include working on a hobby you have been wanting to do for years, reading a book you have been thinking about for weeks, going to a party you wanted to attend months ago, or listening to music you have been seeking inspiration from for years.