What gets you out of bed in the morning? Most people would answer that question with “my alarm?” I contend that the happiest people in the world could jump out of bed in the morning without the use of an alarm clock! Why? Because they have a burning passion to change the world!
Now, to clarify, if you are currently not jumping out of bed in the morning, that’s ok. What that more than likely means is you are waking up to go to “work”.
W – with
O – out
R – really
K – knowing (why I’m here)
So the question remains…why ARE you there? If you do not have a burning passion to fulfill your purpose at work, then you are just punching a time card. Nothing wrong with that, you just won’t be jumping out of bed in the morning (unless it’s the weekend!) So how do we discover our passion? How do we gain perspective over the why in life? These 4 steps will help you decipher your passion and ignite your spirit!
1. What do you enjoy doing? Usually people are happiest when doing something that causes joy. I am not a fan of flying, so becoming a pilot wouldn’t be a great plan! I do, however, love writing, so here we are! What do you really enjoy doing? How can you do more of that every day? If you thoroughly enjoy doing it, someone will probably want to pay you for it! You could even be your own boss, if you figure out how to monetize it!
2. What abilities were you born with? Each of us were born with a certain set of skills. You have things in your skills arsenal that I wouldn’t be able to do with 100 years to practice! What gifts were you born with that could contribute to society? How can you leverage those skills to bring more enjoyment to your life? We always do better work when working within strengths!
3. What kind of personality do you have? The thing about personalities is they are PERSONAL! You are not the same as the person next to you. Stop trying to fit into a mold crafted by someone else! Be yourself! If your personality is introverted, stop trying to be a salesman. If you personality is extroverted, get out from behind the desk! If you are working somewhere that is counter-intuitive to your personality, YOU WILL BE MISERABLE! Where would your personality fit best? How can you transition your life that direction? Don’t wait until next year….your joy depends on it!
4. What generates a righteous anger inside you? When finding your passion, look inside to the injustices that enrage you. For me, I absolutely go bananas when discussing our current health care system! So many people are being medicated for lifestyle problems. People don’t need medication, they need EDUCATION, specifically on how they can take ownership on their own health to make better decisions! (don’t get me fired up!) What causes you to get upset? What injustice do you want to right? How can you use # 1 – 3 above to fuel this anger to make a difference in the world?
These 4 steps will help you discover your passion and ignite your spirit. Once you have discovered your passion, then you need to act on it! You will never be happier than when you are living your passion out daily! What’s your passion? Have fun diving deep inside to find your answer!
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Author: Dr. Jake Schmitz
I am a high energy, high impact, high flying, fun, family guy with a heart for people! I have taught thousands of people to overcome fear, love life, and live out their dreams! www.justaskdrjake.com