I found this video on my Facebook wall. Looking at the title, I was a little nervous about watching it at first. But my anxiety eased as I realised what it was. Rather than being about pushing your body to the limits as I thought, it was more about finding your passion and persisting in working toward making it a reality, even through the routine of day-to-day drudgery. Especially through the routine of day-to-day drudgery.
Take a look. When I watched and really listened to the audio track, I heard about how to achieve your dreams and follow your passions.
I think many of us travel through our day focused on just getting to the end of it. And the following day we do the same thing. And we do it the day after that too. And the day after that. And even the day after that. When we get to the end of all those days, what do we have to show for it? How do we feel?
Tired? Bored? Empty? Like a mouse running around on an endless treadmill? Maybe like a robot on autopilot?
How do you feel about what you’re doing with your life and about yourself as a human being?
Is there any variety and excitement in your life? Chances are if you’re just going through the motions of your day, there probably isn’t much variety at all.
However, if you could wake up and know that you were heading into a day filled with meaning, passion and excitement, how differently would you feel? And if you could finish the day with a sense of achievement knowing that you have made a difference to the world in some way, would you want to recreate that the following day? I’m betting the answer is a resounding yes!
If you had a reason to jump out of bed to get a head start on your day, would it make a difference to how you approached the sunrise?
I’m guessing that if you absolutely loved what you do, were passionate about it, and wanted to create changes in the world that really made a difference, your life would feel completely different.
So how can you make that happen?
By doing what you love. By following your passions and living your purpose.
Do you know what that is?
If not, consider these …
- Think back to when you were a kid. What did you love to do? What were you really good at?
- If money weren’t an issue in your life, what would you do each day?
- What’s the first thing you think about doing when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think about before you go to bed?
- If you were to write a creative story (or novel), what would the primary story-line be?
- Try out a few different things that appeal. Join some clubs, talk to some people and see what they like, then try a few of those things too. Give these new activities a chance to see whether you really like them. Remember that for every activity you dislike, you’re one activity closer to finding what you love.
- Get really clear on your values. What are the things in your life that you couldn’t live without? What are the things that make your heart sing? What makes you feel grateful and blessed?
When you follow your heart and your passion, your life starts to flow. Everything feels easier, you feel better about yourself and your self-esteem sky-rockets. Which way of life would you rather live?