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What are you passionate about?


Affirmation of the month:

"No matter what I choose to do in life, I will do it with passion."

Finding out what your truly passionate about is like searching all over for your sunglasses, only to discover that they were on top of your head all the while.

~ Rena Alseth

If someone were to ask you what your purpose in life is, would you be able to answer them right away? When I ask people this question, I tend to get one of the following responses; either they have no idea, or they feel they need to have an impressive answer like resolving world hunger or curing the obesity epidemic.

The best way I’ve found to find purpose, or at least the way I found my purpose, was to pay attention to what brought me deep joy. We often get caught up in what other people think and it distracts us from what brings us true happiness. I strongly encourage you to focus on the things that make you feel the most deeply and vitally alive. Usually this feeling comes with a subconscious thought that says; “this is the real me!”, when you hear that, follow it!

This feeling coincides with your passion.

Webster’s definition of passion is “a strong and barely controllable emotion.” When you follow your passion, it ignites a flame that feeds your heart and soul, this feeling is so desirable it only makes sense that you embrace it! Embracing your passion allows you to see your purpose in life.

With this in mind, I’d like to share a quote by Helen Keller, she said; “Many people have the wrong idea about what constitutes true happiness. It is not obtained through self-gratification but fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

I found this to be particularly true in my case. As a teenager I found myself overweight, with low energy. I didn’t know anything about nutrition and very little about my overall wellness. I was extremely miserable. The thought was always in my mind that if I could only lose this weight, then I’d be happy. But this thought was completely self-focused. Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker, with no arms and no legs says; “It is human nature to want things in life but if self is our focus in life, if “me and only me” is the goal then we will never find purpose in life because it’s a principle of life that what we get will never be enough.” This was true in my case for sure! Once I lost the weight, I definitely felt better but found my self thinking, now what? It wasn’t fulfilling. One day a friend of mine asked me to help her lose weight. I did and that was by far more rewarding then when I initially lost weight! I felt deeply joyful and fulfilled by “paying it forward” and that lead me to my passion of helping others to improve the health and wellness.

My passion grew into my purpose, I now own and operate my very own health and wellness company and touch many lives! I am truly blessed and grateful to have found my passion and purpose, and you can too!

Here are a few steps to help you not only find your purpose but live your life without limits in that capacity.

  • Seek out your meaning (purpose) in life by following what brings you true happiness (your passion).

  • Don’t let fear get in your way! Fear can stop the strongest people dead in their tracks. So many people are just around the corner from reaching their goals when they quit because they're afraid of failing. Almost all successful people fail many times before they succeed, they just choose to not let fear overcome them.

  • Be persistent in your pursuit!

  • Don’t give up.

  • Surround yourself with the right people, if someone brings you down, they are not helping to bring you up! Surround yourself with the people who motivate and inspire you.

  • Be productive! Wishing for something to happen will not make it happen. You have to do the work!

  • Get focused and get perspective. Make sure you have a clear picture of what you want to accomplish.

Reference:

How many days of the week can be extraordinary? Dan Zadra & Kobi Yamada

Living life without limits, Nick Vujicic


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