What Does Passion Really Mean?
A popular debate involves the concept of passion and what it really means. There are many books out there that tell you to follow your passion and that you should be zealous about what you do, which is true. However, the issue lies in people’s interpretation of what the word means.
The problem is when people believe that it means that they like what they do, each and every day. While it is a fact that people who are passionate about what they do have the drive to make their dreams a reality, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be days that are difficult, stressful or completely overwhelming.
Imagine a top athlete. It is unlikely that they’ll reach the top without having any real desire for what they do. But how many of them go through tough days where they just want to throw in the towel? Probably most, if not all, of them. The thing is that they don’t give up because of their internal drive.
You have to be able to acknowledge that things will not always be easy, smooth or stress-free. You aren’t going to like what you do 100% of the time. However you have to be prepared to go through those things that in order to achieve what you’re working towards, and to get that much closer to your purpose.
Passion and purpose go hand in hand. It’s difficult to find something to be passionate about, or excel at it, when you don’t have a solid purpose. If you’re having difficulty finding what it is that drives you, try changing your mindset. Ask yourself, ‘what is my purpose?’
Find out what you are willing to work hard for in order to get the end result. Once you figure that out, you’ll find it easier to tap into the passion that it will take to endure pain, sweat and difficult times. Get rid of the notion that it is about constantly loving what you do, because it’s about so much more than that.
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