Finding Passion in What We Do: Three Huge Steps, Part 1

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Do you remember the last time you woke up completely and totally enthralled with life? What was that moment? Why did it fire you up that way?

I’m thinking about passion today for this main reason: when we love what we’re doing, and we’re passionate about the outcome or steps in our day-to-day activities, our moods and attitudes are so much closer to the way we want to be. Also important to note, we spread that feeling to those we interact with, and by spreading a little of our passions and energy, we might possibly inspire someone else to begin to seek their passion or happy place in life, too.

Last week I mentioned a discussion I had with my husband about finding my passion and coming back to a childhood dream I’d pushed way under the rug. I wanted to expound on that topic with some helpful tips and places to start from an article I found:

The first huge step is taking the time to Brainstorm, and I mean all the different levels.

Here’s a list of questions to get the wheels turning:

  • What are your goals? Today? Short-term? Long-term?
  • If you could do one thing for the rest of your life and be happy, what would that be? 
  • What do you love to do?
  • What would you do anyway if you could, without always being paid to do it?
  • What do you do that makes everything else disappear or of little importance when you’re doing this one thing in your life?
  • What activity when you’re engaged, makes you feel strong, to the point you believe it’s a talent or a gift?

Next, Make Your Dream List:
You can find mine on one the tabs I’ve listed on my blog.

As you think about your dream list, go all the way back. Envision your wishes and dreams as a five-year-old, a nine-year-old, at thirteen, sixteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty and on. Let your mind wander about potential activities and careers you might not have considered because of a list of worries or practicalities. Maybe cost got in the way, competition, or fear. Think about someone you consider to have the perfect job. Why? Anything you might have considered and abandoned. Write it all here.

Create your game plan.

Tackle five things on your list and plug them into your calendar you can stretch out over a year. Set a deadline. Schedule your plans. Get buy-in from others if you need it. Also, try a few new things, maybe not on your list. Something to shake you up and get you right out of your comfort zone.

Finally, prioritize this list and make sure you do the things you think are highest in your interests.

Last point of this post I want to make is this, I firmly believe what we love and are passionate about, sneaks right into our work. My short story Stage Fright, came to fruition when I thought about some of my own experiences growing up and moving from a small town to somewhere much bigger. I poured some of my struggles into Hannah, the main character, and at times as I read it, I hear my own wishes and my own journeys embedded with hers. I’ll post some details about my character in an upcoming blog soon, so stay tuned. 

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About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on October 8, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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