How Strong Is Passion
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In our increasingly connected world, it is easy to get distracted by all of the things that you have to do every minute of every day. Finding time for hobbies and passions can be a struggle.
There are two main reasons why this happens. One is because we often don’t know what our priorities should be. We may feel like we need to keep our jobs so we can pay the bills, for example, but we also want to make sure we spend enough time with our kids.
The other reason is that we may not really understand the importance of passion in life.
We may think that living a passionate lifestyle is just a way to earn more money or to give us a feeling of satisfaction, but there is much deeper meaning to it.
Here, we will talk about some important aspects of passion, how to develop them, and some benefits that come from having them.
Examples of passion
What is passion?
Passion can be described as a strong feeling or emotion that you’re experiencing towards something. It can be felt in your body, mind, and spirit – all three components matter when it comes to passionate experiences.
You may have heard people talk about how they lost their passion for things before. This usually happens because people feel that whatever they were previously invested in no longer works for them anymore.
They then find new reasons to invest in why this thing isn’t worth it anymore, which makes them stop investing in it. By trying to remove the reason why you invested in the product or service before, you lose interest in it.
This can also happen due to changing priorities. If what you want out of life is more important than what you wanted earlier, then there’s an adjustment needed.
Priorities shift, and you need to reevaluate whether this item is worthy of your time and energy. Sometimes, though not always, these shifts are for the better!
If you think about it, we’ve discussed before here how important it is to develop meaningful relationships with others, and to devote yourself to projects and hobbies you love. You will eventually run into situations where you don’t have anyone to go to or nothing to do, but chances are you’ll still like what you’re doing enough to bear the cost.
Your passion is important
Now, this may seem like a silly thing to say, but it’s very true. If you don’t feel passionate about what you are doing, then chances are you will keep looking for something that does inspire you. You will be drawn towards things that make you feeling good, and your overall quality of life will suffer because of it.
This can have disastrous effects on yourself and those around you.
If you want to achieve success in Life, you need to find your passion and work hard at it. It’s not easy to identify your passion, but it is possible – and you should try.
It’s worth noting here that while everyone has different passions, we all know what doesn’t motivate us. For example, someone who isn’t into sports might not enjoy watching a football match, but they probably wouldn’t mind if their friend took them to the game.
For people who love sport, the experience of going to a game could be an inspiration to start engaging in other activities. We sometimes lose motivation when things we love no longer appeal to us, so being open to new experiences could help you re-ignite your fire.
Your passion affects your health
There are many things in life that can make you feel strong, passionate. You may love to swim or diving so you spend hours doing either of those sports. Or maybe you’re passionate about cooking, so you take time to hone your skills by making recipes or baking with ingredients you use often.
Whatever your passion is, it shapes your health. Just like swimming or diving helps keep you fit and healthy, being passionate about food makes you eat healthier.
Some studies have shown that people who enjoy what they do are more likely to be engaged at work, which means they’re happier. And research has linked happiness with lower blood pressure, weight loss, and better sleep.
Having a passion also raises levels of hormones such as endorphins and dopamine, both of which help reduce stress.
Your passion affects your relationships
We spend a lot of our time in this life focusing on what we want, how we can get it, and executing strategies to achieve that goal. But what if I told you that the thing that mattered most was not knowing what you wanted and then going and getting it?
What if I asked you to live without knowledge of an important part of your life – your own internal compass? What if I asked you to be so focused on achieving your goals that you lose sight of who you are as a person?
This is the way some people lived before there were gadgets to help us measure our strength of passion. They had to consciously work to identify what they loved doing and then go out and do it!
We’ve got access to more technology than ever before, which makes it easy to compare ourselves to others, but staying true to who we know we are will only increase our sense of satisfaction and happiness.
Building strong passions isn’t about having lots of things, it’s about having few things that make you happy and don’t require much effort to enjoy.
Your passion affects your career
As mentioned before, having a career you love is one of the key components to achieving success. Not only does it make you feel good about yourself, but also it keeps you motivated as you move forward with your life.
Your passion can help you achieve the highest level positions in your field, or it could be the very thing that helps you stay connected and engaged at the lower levels.
Either way, knowing what you want and being able to pursue it are two important qualities for success.
If you don’t think so now, try thinking about all those people out there who didn’t seem like they were totally invested in their careers. Sometimes this is because they lost touch with what made them happy, or because they got distracted by other things.
Your passion affects your happiness
We often think that if we lose our job, we will be sad for a few days before we find another one. But there’s more to it than that! When you don't have much money, staying in employment can make a big difference to your long-term health and wellbeing.
Studies show that people who are well paid and satisfied with their work experience better mental health than those who feel undervalued or overwhelmed by their workload.
If you're feeling down, chances are you'll let your employer know why. And they may be able to help you out too – developing skills, training courses, or even pay raises and promotions.
Your passion affects your life
After all, we spend our lives pursuing things that matter to us. We’re constantly looking for opportunities to pursue our dreams, and we require strong passions to motivate us to achieve them.
We also need to be passionate about something else – while it might seem trivial or even silly at first, this second passion can help push you towards your main goal.
For example, if your dream is to play professional football then you must have an interest in sports. You would want to know how to skate, what teams are competitive in the sport, and so on.
This other passion could be music, books, or anything really. It doesn’t need to be significant enough to make you money either; just look at Google as proof of that!
But no matter what your dream is, whether it’s big or small, there will always be someone who’s done it before. And they probably didn’t do it because of a lack of passion for sports, or music, or reading. They did it because they wanted it too much.
They had a burning desire to succeed, and that made them success stories.
Your passion affects your dreams
We’ve discussed how strong passions influence career decisions, but what about dream careers?
That is, what you really want to do- not just for yourself, but also because it gives you an inner sense of satisfaction.
Your dreams shape your life. They tell you who you are as a person and what you aim to achieve.
They also influence other people around you – whether they know it or not!
If you have the talent and passion to be a doctor, then going into medicine is probably the best route to take.
But if you don’t feel that same calling towards being a dentist, you can still live a happy, successful life. You don’t need to ‘wander in search of your call’.