How To Have More Passion
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Let’s get into it! Having passion for something means doing things you love, not because someone else told you to, but because of who you are as a person. You will feel passionate about what you choose to invest your time in.
Passion is internalized motivation – you wake up every day feeling motivated and inspired by whatever you're looking at or doing. It's that sense of excitement and engagement you have when you put some effort into something you want to see success with.
Having passion for something goes beyond just liking what you do -- it is actively engaging in activities you believe in, consistently showing an interest in them, and investing energy in them. It is staying focused on these activities and not giving up.
It is being aware and conscious of these activities - how they make you feel, what changes occur due to your participation in them, and whether they remain the same despite your involvement.
Whether you are talking about sports, hobbies, arts, studies, careers, or anything else, developing passion takes practice. But don’t give up! Even if you think you never had much passion before, there is always something new you can add to your list.
Start exploring things you already enjoy and see what you can learn from them. Invest in yourself by reading books and tutorials related to those things, take lessons or courses on them, and/or discuss them with others.
Develop your passion
It is impossible to have strong emotions if you do not develop them. If you want to feel passionate about something, then you will need to work on it.
This includes developing your passion in and of itself, as well as finding things that inspire passionate reactions from you.
If you want to love reading, for example, then you should read lots of books. You would probably be surprised how many people are aware of great classics like The Lord of the Rings or Gone With the Wind!
There are also a wide range of different genres and types of writing that can easily get you really engaged. Nonfiction (factual) stories often appeal more than fiction (storytelling).
Reading newspaper reports or listening to news programs can both help you gain understanding and inspiration. Learning more about yourself and the world around you can increase your passion for reading.
Running away from your passions won’t make you happier. On the contrary, avoiding what makes you happy may even make you unhappy.
Find your passion niche
Even if you don’t feel like doing something, it is important to know what you enjoy doing. You need to find your passion, but you have to be careful not to get distracted by it.
If you love painting, then learning how to paint is an excellent way to develop your talent. But unless you are willing to make frequent trips to the store to buy supplies, this can become boring for you.
So, instead of buying all of the art materials, learn about painting from books or YouTube videos. Or maybe you love sewing so start teaching yourself how to sew!
Your passions will help you achieve your goals. If you want to be famous, then begin studying the skills that make other people famous. If you want to earn more money, find your career path and go after it with full force.
However, before you do anything, you must first determine whether you are really passionate about it.
Connect with people who are passionate
Let’s look at it from another angle – what types of people have lived meaningful lives? People like Martin Luther King, Jr., Sylvia Plath, Mother Teresa, and Oprah Winfrey come to mind. All of these individuals had one thing in common: they were passionately connected to something or someone.
They loved working hard, they loved taking risks, and they loved spending time with others. They wanted to be part of things, and they wanted to see other people succeed.
By being more invested in the things that matter to you, you will find yourself investing more energy into them. You will feel happier because you are engaged in the activities that bring you joy.
It is difficult to stay focused when you don’t care about anything. It takes work to focus on something for long periods of time, so if you want to achieve that goal, you need to make sure you won’t walk away without your investment.
Having passion isn’t always an easy quality to identify, but it can help you identify the people you should be interacting with and learning from. By connecting with people who share your same values and passions, you will learn more from them than just how to do things their way.
They will teach you why those things are important to them and why it mattered to them before.
Try doing things that inspire you
Let’s look at an example. You have probably heard of people before who seem completely un-motivated. They go through the motions in their jobs, but they don’t really care about anything beyond keeping their position. Or worse, they show very little passion for something they are supposed to be passionate about.
A while back I read some news stories about two professionals who had different ideas on how to approach workplace morale. One suggested having fun as a way to motivate employees, whereas the other one said spending time with your colleagues is important. (Good luck finding someone to agree with him/her!)
Now, which suggestion do you think was more effective? If you picked the second one, you are like most people. Fun is good for us! And being surrounded by people we like is definitely a powerful motivator.
So why not use these insights to improve what you are currently paying attention to? Find ways to enjoy what you already know and love, and add new things that challenge you and bring out the person within you.
Let’s look at an example of challenge. If you want to have more passion for something, start by doing it for no reason. No need to be connected to it in any way before you add the challenge.
All that is needed is to simply do it.
Doing things without motivation can sometimes help find your motivation. By adding a challenge, you increase the chance of finding the desire to perform the action because you are giving yourself a reward for just completing it.
The more you practice this with various things, the better you will get at it.
Go out into the world and experience it
Let’s look at some examples.
My friend who mentioned his love of swimming is now a professional swim coach. He spent many, many hours as a kid practicing his strokes in the pool before he got really good at it.
He didn’t necessarily enjoy doing that practice work, but once he was actually swimming he loved it!
And then there’s my other friend, whom I will call Olivia because she doesn’t like getting her hair done. She loves going through the hairdressing process of washing, cutting, and styling her own locks.
But beyond that she feels no passion for hairstyling; she just kind of does it because she knows what needs to be done to get a certain result.
Now, I know what you are probably thinking: why would someone want to spend their time doing something they don’t feel any passionate about?
It makes sense to consider whether this thing you wish to do is worth investing your energy in. Is this worthy of your time and money?
If not, you should find something else to do with your life. You deserve more exciting things than sticking your hand in the water or picking up a pair of scissors every few days.
Think about how to enrich your life
A few years ago, I read an article that changed my career path forever. The author mentioned what are now known as “passion projects”. These are activities or experiences that give you joy and so much energy that you can't stop thinking about them.
You feel passionate while you're doing them - it's like they magnetize you, energizing you and making you hungry for more.
I later learned that this is a very common trait among people who enjoy passion projects. It is also one of the most important traits in ensuring sustainable happiness.
By adding these into your daily routine, you will find yourself enjoying them more and more as time goes by. You'll also notice that you're happier overall because of them.
This doesn't mean staying in jobs that make you unhappy, but rather finding ways to add some passion into your work.
Do things that make you happy
Let’s take a look at another important passion tip that we can get from this article source – do what makes you happy!
This is one of the most classic tips in the book, but it really does apply beyond entertainment. If you want to have more passion for something, do whatever makes you happy doing that thing.
If you love reading, then read! If you love dancing, then dance! If you are passionate about cooking, cook or learn how to bake! If you are passionate about fashion, dress up or spend money on expensive clothes and accessories!
The more you expose yourself to things that make you happy, the more you will feel motivated to do them. And if you are already living your dreams, why not keep doing so? Having more fun is a key component in finding happiness.
Another way to implement this advice is to try different ways to be happier. For example, instead of watching TV, go out with friends or exercise to find an activity you enjoy. Or, start practicing yoga or other exercises to gain new skills.
I know many people who spent their lives working hard to stay awake during business meetings because they wanted to impress others by being very productive. But research shows that sleeping well helps us focus and relax, which may help promote calm sleep and healthier relationships.
By changing how you manage your sleep, you can begin to discover what works for you and improve your overall wellness.