The Real Face of Passion and How It Can Change Your Life 301

how finding your passion can change your life

Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.
Jon Bon Jovi

A few days ago on my way to a colleague from university who I was meeting with to do a not so interesting project, I called my mum. While talking, I explained her about my blog – the many new ideas I had, how people have reacted positively to my previous posts and how I can’t wait to write new ones.

She’s practically the only person in my surrounding (and of all my family, friends and acquaintances) that knows about my blog and writing passion. That is why I sometimes overload her with information about every single aspect of blogging and writing. And, of course, it makes her happy.

But while we were talking on that exact day, or should I say while I was talking (because I had so many things to say), I ended up being lost in my own city.
Even though I’ve been to the place I needed to go to two times for the past few days and it’s not that far, I found myself in the middle of nowhere.

Some may call it disorientation, absent-mindedness, or a total lack of concentration and focus. And so be it. But for me this is a perfect example of what passion is.

Eventually I found the right place. I had obviously passed it by without noticing and gone further. But I didn’t feel confused, sad or even lost. Because I knew I had found something so precious, so motivating and fascinating, that many people would give anything to have.

I had my passion. And the only place it was going to take me was forward, while building my character and personality and helping me explore myself.

The feeling of being passionate about something, being excited, absolutely motivated and so interested and concentrated in what you’re doing at the same time, may change your life.

When I write, for instance, I feel great. I lose track of time and feel so much better and relaxed after that. It is my hobby, my therapy, my personal project and hopefully a business one day.

At some point I realized I can develop all that. I, then, found blogging and knew it was what I was looking for. This way I could share my writings with people, be noticed, create a community of friends with similar interests, advertise (and thus implement what I study), follow other bloggers, read constantly on the subject, and many more things.

I enjoyed doing all that so much! And once people started liking my posts and telling me how they got inspired and found it useful in some way… well, that was a new feeling for me!

And only because I found my passion, developed it, put so much time and effort (which I never considered as something I have to do), it became more than a hobby.
It was now a rewarding activity, something meaningful. Now I want to write more, learn new things connected with blogging and grow my online audience by reaching interesting people I can share ideas with.

It’s amazing. I have big plans for it but for now will keep it this way. I love the motivation it gives me that keeps me going throughout the whole day. Other things that annoyed me before, now seem pointless to worry about. And I’m always full of more and more ideas – you know, once you open the source in your brain for creating ideas, it can go on and on, finding an idea and opportunity in everything around you.

So what I want to tell you with this post is that you need to find your passion. Here is how to do it.

You’ll notice how not long after you start practicing your hobby many good changes will come into your life. You will have a better understanding of yourself as an individual and will start looking at things from another point of view.

When you don’t have a passion

 One of my best friends doesn’t have anything to be passionate about. And every now and then when she has nothing to do, she gets sad and asks me for any ideas.
It’s normal for her to feel such emptiness, even though she has many other beautiful things in her life. But finding what you love and doing it is irreplaceable.

Actually I know what she needs. Every time she sees a dog or a cat on the street, she goes to it, gives it her full attention, feeds it, feels sorry for it and wants to help it. She loves animals in every possible way and can burst into tears in an instant when she witnesses one of them being tortured, hurt or else.

That is why she can look for ways to help them. There are many organizations you can join for free that collect donations, find homes for street animals, take care of them or else. It’s a proper way to get familiar with things while taking part in it and helping animals. And who knows – one day she may have her own business like that.

I told her all that. But unfortunately, like many other people, she has too many limitations as a result of previous disappointments, other people’s failure stories, society, negative thoughts, fears and so on. She can’t even imagine that this could happen, not to say that she could actually save other creatures’ lives and thus become successful.

She doesn’t believe she has the power to achieve her dream. She doesn’t think things are so easy.  She doesn’t see opportunities and prefers to stay in her comfort zone where she will keep being dissatisfied with her current activities and keep wondering what to do.

I hope she finds it one day.

That is why the earlier you find what you love and start doing it, the sooner you will follow your path and start thriving.

Benefits of doing what you love 

Here is a list of some of the good things you will experience if you follow your heart and turn your hobby into an everyday activity:

  • happiness;
  • finding purpose in life;
  • you won’t find yourself wondering “What to do now?” ever again;
  • you’ll be passionate and excited most of the time and will share that with others;
  • become healthier – with less stress and depression;
  • you have big chances to turn that hobby into a prosperous and successful business because people always know when you put real passion into something;
  • you’ll always be looking for new ideas and opportunities;
  • you will want to improve every other aspect of your life;
  • having a direction – and goals as a result of that;
  • you’ll think over the relationships you have with people who don’t support you in your initiative;
  • you’ll find other things you used to do before that pointless and time wasting, so you will think over your whole schedule;
  • you will be constantly inspired and full of energy;
  • you will want to help others find their passion too and feel all these benefits.

So you see how you can easily make your life a wonderful adventure and feel contentment. Having a passion will become the reason you don’t want to go to bed in the evening and will fill your free time. Embrace that activity, whatever it is, and develop it every day.

Have you found your passion? If yes, how does it make you feel? 

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7 Tactics to Build Increased Motivation and Fulfill Your Goals 85

7 Tactics to Build Increased Motivation and Fulfill Your Goals

Sometimes, the simplest things to do can also be the hardest.

Something as simple as getting out of bed and getting your chores done, or going to work on time and meeting your deadlines; all of these might seem like tasks that any functional adult should not find hard to do. However, we can find ourselves in a tough spot every now and then, when the motivation is lacking and we don’t have the drive to keep moving forward.

What can the reason for this lack of motivation be?

It can be lethargy, fatigue, stress, mental instability, or even just a serious lack of passion and enthusiasm to do something. And, keeping all factors in mind, it really is quite normal for you to be feeling this way. A lot of people face this, and we are only human after all, so no one is perfect.

Stress is something that you need to be wary of as it can make you feel defeated and unmotivated. There are several factors in everyday life that can aggravate you. Here is an infographic that can help you reduce stress:

Rising Levels of Anxiety In A Digital World

Before you go ahead with trying to achieve your goals, ask yourself these questions:

Are my goals defined?

Do I have a solid plan to move forward with?

What are the problems that bother me the most?

Do I have my priorities lined up right?

What are my flaws?

This is why it is essential for us to work on building motivation for ourselves.

How? Let’s take a quick look:

1. Write down your goals.

Making a list of your goals and ambitions is a great way to give you that extra push to keep going. A list is not just a reminder of what tasks need to be fulfilled, but also a way of letting yourself prepare properly for any upcoming opportunity or task at hand.  

2. Meditate.

Meditation is a wonderful tool that really helps with getting your thoughts and mind together, in sync, and taking your potential to a whole other level. When your mind and ideas are working with each other in harmony, there’s no stopping your progress graph.

Even your goals then become clearer and more defined, leaving you feeling more monetarily satisfied and secure too.

3. Exercising regularly.

Once your thoughts have been directed to the right channels, it’s time to focus on your physical health and fitness.

Fitness is not just about looking good, it’s also about feeling great and healthy. Your exercise regime, if followed regularly, can instantly spike your response rate and also your performance levels both at home and at work.

4. Learning to de-stress.

You know yourself better than anyone else does. Which is why it’s vital for you to understand what types of scenarios are stressful for you. Try your best to either stay away from them or learn how to accept your situation and make the most of it.

Whether it’s playing a friendly sport or visiting a spa, make sure you de-stress amply and take your mind off all the serious stuff.

5. Take inspiration from others.

There is always someone you look up to. A close friend or maybe a family member who you admire; who inspires you through their own stories of achievement and success. These are the people whom you should be around more, and draw as much learning and lessons that you can from them. Ask them questions, learn about their journey, and take notes while you do so!

6. Learn from your mistakes.

It’s okay to err, to make mistakes and stupid blunders too because we all do that. The most important thing here is to make sure that you learn something from it and grow as an individual.

You should come to a stage where you know you won’t repeat a stupid mistake like that again. And you’re also drawing pointers on how you can improve your outcome in a similar situation in the future.

7. Don’t lose hope.

Even if things aren’t going away, giving up is never an option. You have to keep trying to reach your goals, despite any obstacles or failure that might come in your path. I

t is this hope and inner confidence that will push your forward and take you through your journey, whilst also molding you into a more mature, experienced individual who is not afraid to take up a challenge.

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to life goals and objectives. It’s never an easy path or ride, but the journey is a very knowledgeable and interesting one. There’s always two outlooks – a positive one and a negative one. A positive outlook will make things easier for you because your optimism allows you to look past shortcomings and be hopeful for better results in the future.

You are your best motivator, there is no denying that. Being fully aware of your own strengths and weaknesses puts you in a favorable position because it translates to you being your best critique and teacher as well.

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Luke writes about mental wellness and benefits of brain supplements at Nootrina. He’s a big fan of Yoga and mindfulness and feels that these two are the real key to mental well-being. Being a foodie, Luke loves cooking and brings several cuisines to bear at his dinner table. He’s looking to improve the awareness about mental health issues and share ways to handle them among people of all ages.