001Passion Author: Mike King http://LearnThis.ca Resource: 001
Which came first, learning or passion?What is Passion?I’m not sure about each of you, but I know that I get very passionate about things I learn. Or is itthat I have the passion for those things and so I learn them? Well, I really don’t know, probably abit of both. I do however, find it very interesting how much I personally find that my learning andpassions align so much in my life. Whether its a similarities in my work and personal life or howI explore books, I continually see alignment of how the things I learn apply in so many areas ofmy life. Those are the areas I’m most passionate about and it continues to feed the passion in astrengthening cycle. The more I learn about something, the more I enjoy it, and so then the more Iwant to learn even more about it.Passion RoadblocksI’ve spent a lot of time reading leadership/management and business books to improve my careerand at the same time, most of the authors I’ve enjoyed most mix the business life with a personaltouch and write about applying this in your personal life as well. Changing bad habits andimproving oneself cannot happen solely in the workplace even if business books, performancereviews, your boss and your company are pretty much only concerned only about your day life atthe office. Your actions, mannerisms, character and passions are not completely separable fromyour personal life no matter how hard you try. In order to change these things, you need tochange them everywhere in your life. That’s where passion often plays its part. A passion can beso strong it will steer every area of your life, home and work and can drive a person to learn andfollow more about that area of desire.Using PassionNow, I’m talking about a positive passion, something to improve your life or the life of others.Recognizing this, understanding it, following it and learning from it are then different for eachperson. Using a passion in your life can lead to an extremely successful meaningful life. Its a sadfact how many people in this world simply “get by” in life and don’t make the most of it. Oneway to do this is to have and use your passions in life to be more joyful and to live with purposeand meaning. I’m planning to explore the topic of passion in several upcoming articles.http://LearnThis.ca Page 2 of 7 Which came first, learning or passion?
Find your passion in lifeI last wrote about passion, one of mine specifically and now want to explore how to find yourown passions. A few people know already what their passions are, however, many more do not.Passions are not just a single thing or a onetime event, it is much deeper than that. Passion can’tbe faked, it isn’t something you can turn on and off, and it never fails to survive through anycriticism.Where does Passion Come From?Passion exists because of many combined experiences and it drives a whole person (mind, bodyand spirit) to express, utilize, and hold true to core values with joy and enthusiasm. Passion isenergetic and lets difficulties be overlooked and ignored to help recognize the positive boundlesspotential in the people and events in our world.While that may sound great, finding your passions isn’t easy. Passion is often the cause of pain inpeople’s life so it gets buried and ignored with an attitude to simply get by in life instead of livingit to its fullest and taking the risks needed to continually follow your passions. Whether this ispersonal or professional, living with passion is often seen to be risky and may reveal truths aboutyou and your true values that are not always convenient from the mind’s perspective. Livingsafely can seem easier, however, it is certainly not as meaningful.Finding your PassionSo, what are some of the ways then to find your passion? Here is one method I can recommendfor doing this on your own.1. First, you need to have some serious time to reflect and its best to do it alone with nodistractions. At least a couple of hours. Go somewhere you feel very relaxed, calm andcomfortable. Use a pen and paper and write out all of the major events in your life that youremember to be very positive and joyful. Then do the same for all the times you have feltcrushed, alone, sad, mad, and any other painful or hurting times in your life. Take some time forthis, it can easily take 30 minutes or more. Pick events that relate to your career, education,childhood, family, friends, accomplishments, major events, fears, dreams, purchases, emotions,and spirituality.http://LearnThis.ca Page 3 of 7 Find your passion in life
2. Review the pleasurable side of your list and write out a reason why you think it gave youpleasure in your life. Keep asking yourself why you feel and think that way for each of the itemson your list. This helps to explore the meaning behind each item and will drive out your beliefson each item, instead of thinking of the item itself. Your beliefs are the key with passions and thatis what you need to get to the root of.3. The same thing applies with the pain side of your list. Ask yourself and answer why you beliefit was painful or what caused the pain. Keep asking about each response until you get to a valueor belief on each item, since this always is the root of any feeling or thought. You need tounderstand your beliefs in different areas to truly see any of your passions in your life as well.4. Next, you need to group those beliefs, order them in how you would prioritize them, whichones are reoccurring and which ones contradict each other. Examine and determine which beliefsare most important to you. This is the hardest part, you need to be truly honest with yourself.Don’t answer for anyone else, what you’ve been conditioned to think, or play it safe here. Youneed to FEEL those beliefs for them to be real. Belief comes from the heart and soul, not themind.5. Now, for each of your beliefs, you need to find some commonalities with them. Most beliefsare related and can often just have a painful and pleasurable side. And those are the key toidentifying and building your passions. The values and beliefs can be controlled by eachindividual and making the choices to steer towards the pleasurable and away from the pain, isexactly what a passion is based on. Living consistently and energetically for these values andbeliefs while choosing and following that which re-enforces your beliefs, no matter the risk orconsequences is exciting and inspiring. Its Passion!Next I’ll be looking at how to express your passion and the power of it.http://LearnThis.ca Page 4 of 7 Find your passion in life
Express Your PassionsI’ve already introduced the topic of passion here and written about finding your own passion .This article now covers expressing your passion and the value in doing it. I believe there are twomain reasons people don’t express themselves more, especially when it comes to their passions.Living with passion isn’t always easy and here are two reasons it isn’t often expressed. 1. You don’t really have a passion or even know what it is. 2. Fear of exposing a passion in fear of critique from others.As for number #1, this is something that can be addressed and simply takes work. It requiressome time and brutal self honesty to come to the belief based conclusions that reveal truepassions. Finding out your passions is what I wrote about here.#2, This is often the direct cause for not knowing your passion in #1. This fear is usually basedon some life experience related to expressing your passion that caused pain and now its easier toignore it and shield yourself than it is to risk that pain again and put your passion out on the linefor others to see. Keep focused on the pleasures you’ll gain with living and expressing yourpassions, not the pain. It can also help to think of the pain it might cause you if you don’t expressthem.The Importance of PassionWhat would your workplace and home environment look like if each and every person looked atevery event, every hour to make the most of it. What if you took action every single day onsomething you truly loved and were able to share that comfortably with others. What if everyonelived for the moment and spent life enjoying it and encouraging each other’s passions, instead ofjudging and tearing them down. Think of a world where you can share your feelings and beliefswithout fear of criticism.God has given us the gift of feelings, emotions and free will. Making the most of those andcollaboratively understanding each others desires, beliefs and passions can only be learned andexperienced through the expression of them. Society and business continues to pound us into aboxed in robotic like non-individual existence where we are trained to suppress our tears of joyand sadness, hide our fears, shield our excitement, and muster our love and convictions from therest of the world. Technology drives us to be connected more and more at a superficial levelwhile ignoring the feelings and passion we each have inside us.http://LearnThis.ca Page 5 of 7 Express Your Passions
Expressing PassionOne of the easiest ways to express your passion is to tell your close friends and family about it.Get comfortable with it. Accept the vulnerabilities it reveals and share those fears as part of thereason you have your passion. Don’t let your past fears and worries continue to affect you today.Learn from them, recycle the pain and make it useful in your life now. Your pain and experiencescan be a lesson to others and will inspire you to continue forward. Spread that circle of sharingeven further, tell your friends, your colleagues, even strangers about your passions. This willopen many new doors for relationships and connections with others. Building that foundation oftrust and getting over any fears of expression will be in itself, a wonderful experience.Take on and get involved with activities and events that relate to your passion. These might berelational, hobbies, music, writing or any other past times. Focus some of your time you spendevery week on the very things that you have passion for. Continue to expand those areas in yourlife. Identify the bad habits and time wasted in your life and replace them with these passionbased activities.Find other people with similar passions as you and spend time together. You can really feed offeach other with enthusiasm and encouragement to continue to develop your life around yourpassions. Offer help to others in finding their passions, and allow each individual to find theirown passions. Accept the beliefs of others and ensure you are not blocking anyone else fromfinding their passions.What Does Passion Do?Passion makes us unique, it shapes our character, exposes our purpose in life and draws upon usquestions about our souls and true beliefs. This opens up the heart and spirit to see each day andopportunity in a positive light, a light that inspires others to express and explore their passions.The power of passion guides us to what our hearts truly want, reveals to us the awesomeexperiences and feelings we all share and triggers us to understand our purpose and mission onearth. Embrace it, explore it, express it!http://LearnThis.ca Page 6 of 7 Express Your Passions
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