What fuels your passion?

written by Erica Quam

Most people are happiest when they tap into their passion. Passion gives form to life's intentions.  Passion leads to purpose.

Four questions to ponder your passion...

  1. What are you drawn to? 
  2. What do you want to read, watch, listen to, or follow to learn and to grow?  
  3. Who inspires you? What do they do?
  4. What do you want to teach or pass along to others?

You are here for a purpose.  There has never been another person just like you. You have something that only you can pass along to others. Take a moment to pause and think about what that might be. What are your strengths, talents, & gifts?

So many times we focus on what we lack, what we're not doing well, and where we are falling short. 

To fuel your passion: Play to your strengths, talents, & gifts. Celebrate your successes - both big and small.  

It has been said that the most certain way to bring value, meaning, & joy to your life is to connect with and bring value, meaning, & joy to the lives of others.  So, the more you give, the more you get back.

To fuel your passion: Ask, "how can I help?" instead of, "what can I get?"

Times can get tough.  Obstacles arise.  Challenges persist.  

When that happens it's easy to lose sight of your passion and get off track.  You can become disconnected to that true sense of purpose of what you are doing, giving, bringing to others.

The reality is that we don't always have to be passionate about our job - we just need to be passionate about something! During those challenging times at work, tap into another area of your life that you are passionate about and you may find that other areas come back around.

When I used to coach, most days I loved what I did. For me, on those days where I wasn't really loving it, I would re-connect to my passion through music. Sometimes I just needed to find some new music to listen to. Sometimes I just needed to play my guitar. Other times I needed to find some live music to look forward to and buy tickets to an upcoming concert. For me, that changed my outlook and helped me re-connect with myself. And it had nothing to do with my job.
 

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
— Josephine Billings


To fuel your passion: Pause during the tough times. What can you do to re-connect with your passion and re-gain your perspective?

Assignment:

  • Take a few minutes to ponder your passion...answer those four questions either in your head or writing them down
  • Write down three things that you give to others...your strengths, talents, & gifts...
  • Keep this somewhere that you can access during those tough days!