Find Your Passion and It Will Motivate You!
If you don’t feel passionate about something, then obviously you won’t feel a high level of enthusiasm or motivation for any related tasks. You need to find your passion! You need to find the ‘something’ that will drive you, excite you and help push you to limits you may never have realized even existed within you.
As Dictionary.com defines it – passion refers to that strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. However, the movie titled “The Legend of Baggar Vance” has a different way of defining passion – “Inside each person is something that he is born with. It is something that belongs to him alone. It is something that cannot be learned nor taught because it is already inside him. It is something that has to be remembered”.
If you are one of those people who have been hopping from one job after another, exploring different types of careers and all the while hoping to be able to find that “something” somewhere else, then it may be time to look inside you.
Finding Your Passion is Finding Your Own Tennis Ball
Dropbox Founder Drew Houston said in one of his speeches- “You should find your own tennis ball”. He got this idea from a dog chasing a tennis ball. Finding your passion is like finding your own tennis ball. For people to be able to achieve success and find their happiness in life they have to look for that something that pulls them, just like the dog that chased the tennis ball.
Successful people are those who are able to find that tennis ball that excites them. This should encourage you to ponder what truly engages you. Examine those activities that you often engage in as well as your feelings towards them. More often than not those things that you most often choose to do will likely give you a clue as to what is really your passion, or passions.
Clues to Where Your Tennis Ball Is
As Gretchen Rubin, a happiness guru, says, “what people spend time doing without thinking also tells them what they should really be doing because these are the things that they naturally enjoy doing”.
For example, when you get inside a bookstore, to what section do you go firstly? What sections in the library or bookstore you do not bother checking? This will give you a clue to your own “tennis ball”.
If you are still not certain about what really is your passion, make some deeper assessments about yourself. Think about the things that you do regularly. Is there any specific time, task, place or activity where or when you feel inspired, invigorated or alive?
Is there something about traveling, connecting with other people, creating something or solving certain types of problems that make you feel more alert and enthusiastic? Or, conversely, are you more motivated in your own private space?
Is there something that you always look forward to doing and that you always hope you will be able to do more of ? Try answering these questions and you will eventually figure out your passion in life. As Keith Yamashita of SY Partners says -” Your passion is something that brings out the best in you”.
Finding your passion is finding what gives you that indescribable drive, for which you constantly crave doing, not because you are being paid for it but mostly because you love doing it. This is what defines “a life worth living” for you.
Once you are able to find your passion, remember what the great lady writer behind the pseudonym George Eliot once said “it is never too late to be what you might have been.”