How To Do Passion Twist
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Let’s talk about passion, shall we? We’ve all heard stories of people who spent their lives chasing after what they wanted, sacrificing everything to achieve it. That’s beautiful to watch! But there’s a flip side to that story as well.
There are also cases where someone spends their life trying to avoid things they don’t want, putting off what needs to be done until tomorrow because they’d rather not deal with them today.
That’s another thing you'll see in big-picture thinking — people choosing inaction over action. It can easily turn into a self-perpetuating cycle if you let it.
By avoiding something you've been wanting for a while, you give yourself more time to convince yourself that it's too hard or unnecessary, which only makes it harder to do later. This way, your defense mechanisms get stronger, and before you know it, you're sticking your head in the sand instead of going after what you want.
I'm talking about passions here, y'all. What I mean by that is anything that make you feel good, whether it's doing something you love, earning money to pursue your dreams, or both.
If you're struggling to motivate yourself to work towards your dream career, maybe it's time to consider giving up some privileges. Or, perhaps you need to reevaluate how much energy you're investing in negative thoughts.
Examples of passion
Let’s look at some examples.
First, we'll talk about something that's clearly not a passion — sports.
I don't know anyone who enjoys watching professional sports teams play each other.
We spend a lot of money to watch these games, and all you get is someone yelling for 90 minutes.
Most people lose interest quickly, if they're even there for the whole game.
So why do we keep coming back? Because it gives us an excuse to drink beer and yell at the TV. Or because we want to see what will happen next.
Or maybe we like seeing good fights, or skillful playing, but none of those things matter to us. It can be fun to cheer for the underdog, but only until the big time comes. Then it gets really annoying.
Something that seems completely unrelated to sports is music.
Some people are totally into instrumental music, rhythm patterns, and/or voice training. These things may not relate at all to sports, but their influence grows as you listen to more of it.
For example, when musicians use strong voices, bass lines, and drums, it creates a feeling… similar to how a basketball team uses speed, power, and size to win.
It takes away the need for flashy touches like dunking or passing, and instead just raw strength and momentum.
Music can inspire powerful emotions... which makes it a great tool.
We’ve discussed what makes something passionate, how to tell if your life is in a passion state or not, and some strategies for changing that feeling. Now it's time to look at why we feel passionate about certain things.
Why do you get excited when you read a good book? Why did your parents love watching sports as kids? Why does your roommate enjoy studying psychology? They all share one thing in common — they are interested in this topic.
This isn't just because they choose this field as their career, but also because they're genuinely curious about other people and the world. This interest crosses genres and sectors, too!
We're constantly seeking out experiences that challenge us, inspire us, teach us new things, and make us think. This is the basis of passion – being motivated by learning and growth.
It can be seen clearly in students who are invested in their studies and want to learn more - even after graduation. Studying chemistry might seem like a drag, but there's a reason everyone takes these courses.
In fact, many experts believe that mastering chemistry will help keep you healthy (chemicals play an important role in our daily lives). So, while it might sound boring, it really is worth it.
We are born with a natural instinct to enjoy life, feel passionate about things and experience high levels of engagement. When we lose this feeling, it can be difficult to find happiness.
Some factors that reduce passion include health issues, financial problems, relationship breakdowns or conflicts, work stress and shift changes, retirement, and lack of motivation or opportunity.
Other reasons include limiting beliefs (such as ‘I’m not good enough’) and poor communication skills.
In these cases, you may need to make some significant lifestyle changes before your optimal level of passion is restored.
You could start by changing something small within the next few days to keep yourself motivated.
When passion evolves
Sometimes, even after years of working in an area you feel passionate about, you find yourself struggling to motivate yourself to work on projects that have been passing your by for some time. It can be hard to get into the mood to put in the effort needed to grow from it or inspire yourself to make changes that would truly push you forward as a person or professional.
The thing about passion is, it’s not always easily maintained. If you've got a job you love, chances are you'll keep doing it because it makes you happy, but will you continue to strive for bigger and better things? Probably not. You’ll stay where you are unless something drastically changes.
It's tough being motivated when nothing seems to be changing for the better. This is why it takes more than just having passion for your current career to maintain momentum — it has to be passion for moving up the ladder.
If you're ever feeling like you need a kickstart, try one of these 5 tips to see how quickly your fire re-ignites.
Letting go of passion
Sometimes, you need to let go of your passions. You need to work on things that have lost their appeal. This can be due to time or external factors such as finances or life changes.
You may also find that you've run out of inspiration for your current passion. Or maybe you're just not feeling it anymore.
If you feel like this has happened with this book series, then great! But if you are still very passionate about writing and reading, there's no reason to give up.
It is totally normal to lose interest in something you once loved, and that's okay.
There are many ways to use your energy more effectively. For example, you could try designing your own book or blogging format that works better for you.
You could start teaching yourself new skills or topics that inspire you. There are always new possibilities available to you.
Being realistic about passion
Let’s look at this from another angle – how do you know if your current career path isn’t right for you? You could be in your current position for all the wrong reasons. Your responsibilities may have increased, but then you made commitments to other things that are more important to you.
Your priorities have shifted, which is why you feel less passionate about what you were before. You might even feel a little stressed out or overworked. It's great to want to keep pushing forward with your career, but you need to make sure it's not because you don't think there is anything else you should be doing.
It's totally normal to feel like you're moving away from the thing you love, but only when you really try hard to figure out whether or not that's actually the case. This can be tough, especially at first.
If you feel like you've lost touch with your inner-passionate person, maybe it's time to reevaluate your situation. Take some time off to refresh and explore different options. If necessary, find ways to shift responsibility so that you don't feel too much pressure to stay within your current job structure.
By being conscious of these factors, you'll get a better sense of whether your current career is right for you. And once you realize that it's time to move on, you'll feel happier, healthier, and more confident as you pursue your dreams.
In my experience, most people get stuck in the creativity rut by trying to add new things to their repertoire that are not related to what they already love doing. They may try taking an unrelated skill and adding it to their collection, but this is usually futile.
The more you can focus on mastering the art or craft of something you already enjoy, the better your results will be.
This was the case for me. I loved writing so I kept diving into different genres and styles without focusing on how to write my own style. It took me years to realize that I really like writing as myself!
Once I focused on writing about things that inspire me and cater to my style, my writing improved dramatically.
Finding your passion is the first step towards improving your creative skills. Once you find it, work on it daily – it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Connecting with passion
There is a myth that if you are passionate about something, then it will show in what you do. People who believe this fail to understand the difference between being passionate about something and doing things because of an attitude or internal state you’re in.
I would like to discuss examples of how this can be detrimental to your career. We have all seen people in very successful positions who seem to enjoy their jobs.
They wake up each day feeling happy and excited to go into work, they have enough money for food and shelter, and they don't strive to achieve more than they already have. They could even be content with just their own personal success but they don't feel that inner drive to keep learning and developing themselves.