Is It Passion For Or Passion In
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A lot of people get stuck in a rut when it comes to passion and career choices. They spend their lives doing the same thing day after day, without any desire to make changes.
They may feel that they have given up and settled down because they “found what I was meant to do”, but there is always something new you can find out about yourself and life.
You don't necessarily need to change jobs every few months, but why not try exploring different areas and positions within your job field?
By adding variety into your work schedule, you will also be giving your body time to rest and recover between activities. This helps keep you feeling healthy and energetic.
It's easy to fall into a routine at work that doesn't require too much effort outside of your normal daily tasks. However, if you want to stay motivated and engaged with your career, you must put some effort into finding things that you are passionate about.
This article will talk more about how to identify your passions and how to use them to help achieve your career goals.
Examples of passion
Being passionate is not always having a lot of energy about something. Sometimes it’s just showing an interest in something. You may like reading books but that doesn’t make you passionate about reading, does it?
Being passionate means more than just liking something. It goes beyond that. When you feel passionate about something, you can’t help talking about it and thinking about it constantly.
You might think that people who talk a lot are very passionate, but they could be insecure or trying to impress others – not because they really want to share things with others, but because they want attention themselves!
If someone was genuinely interested in your life, whether at work or outside of work, they would ask questions and try to get into your inner circle. They would treat you as an equal instead of looking up to you.
We often talk about passion as if it were an all-encompassing term, but that isn’t quite right. Sure, there are some theories which claim that anyone can develop their passion by doing things they already have a slight interest in, but this theory is wrong!
If you take a close look at those people who say they feel passionate about something every day, you will find that they mostly repeat experiences of having fun or winning a prize after investing time into something related to their passion. This doesn’t make them casual about their passion, but instead intelligent about how to use it.
The most passionate people aren’t necessarily spending hours each week immersed in what makes them happy, they're just making sure their life is balanced and they’re invested in other areas. They may not be working hard, but they’re still thinking about ways to improve themselves or invest in others.
It's true that we need to enjoy what we do, but being too focused on our goal takes away from other parts of our lives. If we never took a break, then we would probably burn out before we achieved our dream career.
So, whether your dream is to become a famous singer, a doctor, or a business owner, don't worry about getting enough sleep, or eating well — focus only on your plan to achieve it.
Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out what you want to do with your life. You might have thoughts about how you’d like to make money, but then you look around and you don’t see many people doing that. Or maybe you think you’d like to help other people, but there are never very many opportunities to put those into action.
It’s totally normal to feel confused about this. A lot of people go through at least two stages when they find their career path — the stage where they absolutely know they want nothing more than to work in ________ (insert profession here) and the stage where they struggle to identify that professional field.
The good news is that most people get past this stage and achieve their dreams! If you’re reading this article, I bet you’ve already got ideas for several careers so I really hope you'll consider changing sectors or even going back to school to learn new skills.
That would definitely be an inspiring way to move forward. But remember, no matter which career paths you choose, just because someone else has done something doesn't mean it's the best fit for you. Only you can determine that - this includes yourself as well as others!
What I'd also recommend is trying to take some time off from working to observe whether you're still interested in your chosen field.
Letting go of passion
Sometimes, you need to let go of your passions. You need to work on things that you have been spending your time on for too long.
You need to make space in your life for new experiences, and for different people. Your career can be at risk if you don’t do this!
If your job doesn't fuel your fire, then look into ways to change jobs — it's never too late to do so. But also remember that while it is hard to lose what you've trained yourself to do, you'll always know how to do something else- which is an invaluable skill.
And I bet there are lots of other careers you're just not passionate about either. So why keep putting energy into them? If you feel like you're wasting your time, then invest in some learning around those fields and see where that takes you.
Getting rid of passion
Let’s look at an example. Suppose you want to get into business selling handmade soap.
You can either do it because you have a gift for creating beautiful soaps, and you know how to use natural oils, and you are very passionate about beauty, or you can do it because you received some training and feel confident that you know enough to start offering your services as a seller.
Either way, your decision is going to be influenced by if you believe that you will make money doing this, and if you believe in yourself and your talent, then you will set off in that direction.
If you think that making money is too easy starting your own business, then chances are you won’t take the risk and you will never put all those dreams aside. You will stay in your current job instead.
On the other hand, if you believe that you will succeed, then you are more likely to go ahead with your plan. You need to feel that you can handle the challenges that will arise.
So, whether we like it or not, our emotions play a large part in determining what we choose to do. We will probably always have feelings, but they should not prevent us from moving forward with our goals.
If you ever feel doubts or fears, try to push them away and focus only on what needs to be done next.
Let’s look at an example of something that seems to be passion, but is actually empty and meaningless.
I will give you another example of what I mean by this.
Most people are hungry they eat food every day. They enjoy eating foods they like and developing recipes is a way to enjoy cooking.
But why do we really need to eat? We could survive without it for a few days if necessary. Or even weeks!
We spend lots of money buying pre-made packaged foods so we don't have to worry about making our own. Many of us also rely on fast-food restaurants for meals which means we're not spending much time preparing food.
Overall, hunger isn't a very important part of our daily lives.
If it was, then humans would have evolved to be more conscious of their appetite. We wouldn't get overweight unless someone designed it that way!
And we would probably learn how to cook longer ago than we did. A lot of cultures around the world still know how to make delicious food that doesn't involve technology or electricity.
So, while being hungry is kind of boring, it's not very meaningful either. It's just a state of mind. Like when you're sleep deprived.
Your brain stops thinking about things that it should because it's spent too long trying to wake up again.
Another word for awake is engaged.
Sometimes we get so focused on achieving our goals that we forget to be motivated by something else.
We become very goal oriented. We keep thinking about how we can make the next big change in our lives, create the next big opportunity, achieve the next big success. All of these are good things, but they can go too far.
They can drown out other parts of your life.
And you need to work on staying passionate about what makes you feel happy and content.
Being un-passionate is not saying that you should never aim to do anything important or take any significant actions, but you must know when it's time to back off and reevaluate your efforts.
It's like knowing when you're hungry — you have to eat! Same thing with being passionate. You have to recognize that you're not feeling passion towards certain activities, people, or opportunities and it's time to try to find reasons why.
Maybe you've invested too much time into this already, maybe you'll hit a wall later, but chances are there's no longer strong motivation. Give yourself a break and look at different options, see if there are any leftovers from past passions.
The future of passion
We’ve discussed before here how important it is to have passions, but what does that really mean?
It means more than just doing things you like to do. It’s not enough to enjoy watching sports if your job is working with athletes. You need to love football so you can watch games, but if you hate athletic competitions you’re in trouble because you will be forced to work with players who play football every day.
You need to feel motivated when you wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. A lot of people say they want to do something creative, but then nothing happens because they don’t know where to start. They never take the first step.