It is so easy to slip into the unpassionate life with all of its emptiness, lack of inspiration, low self-worth, and depression. It’s a slippery slope. Life stress. Family stress. Work stress. And there you go into a slump … no passion, big slump.
You can only pull out of the slump with action. You make the choice and you act.
Step 1: He who has a why to live for can face most anything.
The first step is to identify your why – what you stand for and what you believe in. To make change, each morning you must know you are on the right path, know your purpose, and have your strategy set. Your perspective then shifts and you are fueled by passion versus lack-luster obligation.
But that’s only part of the passionate life. The magic happens when your true values intersect with your skillset and inherent drive. Need a great place to start? Then get out the yellow pad and write 3 lists:
- Your values
- Your strengths/skillset
- Your passions – what’s ultimately important to you
Where do the lists intersect? Identifying these markers is the beginning of the magic. When it all comes together, life changes.
Driven for Life changed my life. I was sent to gain more leadership skills for my business and wound up changing my entire perspective of myself. I love me now, I have hope, I am driven to embrace life with purpose and passion. This experience has meant so much and I have already made changes to my life that are already making a huge difference. Angel
Step 2: Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
The second step is to identify your fear. We all have them. That fear that holds us back, or maybe drives us in the wrong direction. Fear of success, failure, embarrassment, not being good enough … just plain not being enough.
A year ago my husband went to the BOLD training to “investigate” whether it would be a good program for their company. He came home life changed. His company has now put their entire management team through the 3-day program. Lives changed. Six months later, I went through. Life changed. In the past year, we have watched about 140 friends, family, co-workers and strangers attend. One by one, lives changed. Fear broken. One graduate describes it better than I ever could – posted on Facebook for all to see. We’ll call him Mike, because well that’s his name:
True Confession: I am afraid of failure! I am making this public because I spend way too much time trying to hide this fear and it seems to get stronger and stronger the longer I try to avoid it. My whole life I have not tried new things because I was afraid to fail. I didn’t start new relationships, I didn’t try new hobbies, I didn’t speak to people I wanted to meet, I didn’t pursue new dreams, I didn’t push on in hard times and on and on. Well, guess what… in trying to avoid failure, I have failed to live. So today I want to make this fear public so I quit running from fear and quit worrying about failing. We all fail – but I want to look back and be proud that I tried, that I lived life and I learned from my failure.
Have you been there? Are you there now? It’s time:
- Identify your values
- Identify your strengths
- Identify your passions
- Identify your fear
Why spend another second living a life that isn’t driven by passion? Life is a gift, Be All In.