When you wake up in the morning, do you feel passionate or enthusiastic about the day?
I don't know about you, but for me this is the way I want to feel when I wake up in the morning. Fortunately, most mornings I do feel this way although it's not one hundered percent. My personal goal it to have almost all of my mornings waking up looking forward to the day ahead.
Passion and enthusiasm while having somewhat different meanings can be used interchangeably. Passion is when you have a strong desire toward a particular activity that you love, consider important, and in which you spend time and money. Enthusiasm is when you feel inspired to learn more about, do something or take action because it is important to you and may be something you will especially enjoy.
One of the benefits of feeling passionate about something is you will more than likely have more energy or zest for not only that activity but others as well. Passion can be contagious in a good way and spread to other areas of your life, giving you a better understanding of your purpose which will give your life more meaning.
Passion also contributes to greater happiness and well-being or satisfaction with your life. It helps you be more positive about your future or to be more future-minded with less anxiety.
Since passion adds so much to your life, it's important to know how you can create passion when it is lagging. Let's start by answering the following questions to get a better idea of what you currently feel passionate or enthusiastic about:
- What do you love to do? – write down things even if they are presently not possible.
- What is important to you?
- What do you spend a lot of time doing?
As you create your list of answers to the above questions, you may notice a wide range of activites or a more focused area of interest. Either is fine. See if you notice how what is important to you is also what you love to do or spend a lot of time learning about or doing.
If you notice there is little similarity in your answers to the three questions above, think about how you could take one set of answers and connect it to the other two areas. For example, if you love to write but it's not on your list of what is important to you and not something you spend a lot of time doing, think about intentionally raising the level of importance to you by setting aside fifteen or twenty minutes a day to write. Try this for two weeks, and see if your level of passion or enthusiasm for writing increases.
For some people, passion may increase when other people are involved. This usually means doing something with someone you especially enjoy being with. It can be different people for different activities. If doing things with others is important to you, be sure to include others in the activity.
It is important to have times during a day or week that are filled with something you are passionate about. I love to kayak. Because of my daily schedule, it isn't practical to do this daily. However, it is important for me to exercise, and I love nature. While I don't spend a lot of time kayaking, I am committed to doing it once a week for as many months during the year as possible. When the river is frozen, I don't kayak.
For many people, the ideal is to be able to do what you are passionate about and use your strengths in your career or work. This achievement leads to a fulfilling life. However, there is also a danger in making your passion your career or job.
Have you ever started out doing something you were passionate about for hours 5 days a week and found that you enjoyed it less as time went on? For some, this happens if their passions need to be seperate from their work. This avoids externally imposed goals and deadlines which can decrease enthusiasm. When you can be the person setting your goals and deadlines, you have control over more successfully blending your work and passions.
To benefit from increasing passion in your life, begin by thinking of your daily life. For several weeks, notice how often you feel and show passion or enthusiasm and when it was possible to do so on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (almost all of the time). Include a variety of things until you find your unique combination.
Let me know what you are passionate about and how that feels?
Until next time,