“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”(John Maxwell)

Often times it is hard for us to channel our passion, especially when we have no clue what needs to be done in order to grant us the strength to express it.  There is so much that I would love to do, but the drive to do it is sometimes not apparent to my view.  We often feel overwhelmed and trapped in a state that makes us not want to take on more than what we are already invested in.  It’s time to start juggling around the things that we are involved in and replace somethings that are meaningless with stuff we have always been thinking about doing.

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”(Mitch Albom)

Reasoning with one’s self to find understanding, drive and means for direction is a great way to stimulate your mind into developing a way to find what you want.  I believe passion to be when one can invest endless hours into doing something meaningful and not regret a moment time spent so.  Until you take a moment to try and figure out a strategy to fight through what’s at hand to get what you feel you deserve, then you will continue to be a passionate dreamer versus being a passionately driven person.  Let the motivation to find your passion be the reason you search to be inspired.  Consider your thoughts about things that you are passionate about to be a rough draft and the actions taken to be the final paper; It would be necessary to give it your all while in school if you truly wanted that A on your final paper.  So since you only live once and you wanna get more out of life, you should take a the risks necessary to get your A in utilizing your passion.

I have found a really interesting article written by Martha Beck, it is labeled “How to get unstuck from the three f’s”:

1.Fatgiue

If your inner life is so blah that you don’t enjoy anything, or if you know what you love but find yourself stuck in Yeah-but excuses, ask yourself, “How old do I feel?” If the answer is “Really, really old,” you’re probably too tired to embark on the sea of passion. Fatigue can cause an absence of physical desire (an exhausted body isn’t programmed to win races or make babies), a loss of mental acuity, and/or a flat emotional profile.

At times, this may reach the level of depression. One day a client oozed into my office, slumped into a chair, and said she was depressed—only she said it so slowly that I thought she said “deep rest.” In a way, this was accurate. Depression can be part of a general shutdown, meant to turn us toward healing. A tired body, a tired mind, a tired heart can’t—and shouldn’t—be passionate about anything but rest. So if you’re exhausted, care for yourself. Curl up with the cat and watch TV, sleep, read, sleep some more. Eventually, you’ll wake up feeling like it’s time to go for a swim. One important caveat: If you aren’t feeling refreshed after a couple of weeks’ rest, it’s time to see a doctor. You may have a condition, such as a chemical imbalance, that can be alleviated only through professional care.


2.Forbidden

Often stuck people have learned through experience, example, or explicit instruction that passion is bad. You may feel stuck if your fundamentalist parents railed against sin or if your suave intellectual friends mock anyone who seems enthusiastic. We’ll do almost anything to avoid shame or. To see whether you have been disimpassioned by social judgment, complete the following sentences with whatever comes to mind.
If I didn’t care what anyone thought, I would…..

If I knew my parents would never find out, I’d…..

If I could be sure I’d do it right, I would…..

If you thought of things you’ve never actually done, things that make you giggle with embarrassment, you’re probably forbidding yourself to follow your passion. You’ve learned to expect negative judgments, so (consciously or unconsciously) you avoid intense feeling and anything that causes it.

The tragic thing is that many people never realize there are places where they can swim with confidence. It’s true that some social environments are vicious, but others are warm, accepting, loving. Think of the things that you’d do if they weren’t forbidden. If they don’t violate your own moral code, start doing them—without telling the people who would judge you.

You’d think this would be obvious, but it isn’t. I’ve watched incredulously as dozens of clients who are just getting unstuck seek support from the very people who got them stuck in the first place. They confide in their militantly atheistic friends about their call to the ministry, or tell their pessimistic, puritanical mother that they want to dance, dance, dance! Don’t make this mistake. You know what sharks look like, and the places they lurk. Avoid them. Instead share your passion with folks who are likely to support you. In doing so, you’ll add social approval to the inherent joy of following your passions—and it will feel fabulous.


3.Fearful

One of my clients—I’ll call her Paige—was a tall, gorgeous, intelligent athlete preparing to try out for a professional team. The pressure triggered a host of fears Paige had suffered since childhood. She began to replace training with eating binges, and she started gaining weight while losing strength and speed. We spent some time discussing Paige’s history of physical and sexual abuse. This lessened her fear, but didn’t eliminate it entirely. Why? Because Paige really cared about making that particular team, and there was a good chance she’d fail, and that was scary to her. Period. To get unstuck, we have to take this kind of risk, fear or no fear. Waiting to feel brave so that you can act brave? Sorry. The only way to develop courage is to act brave until you feel brave.

In Paige’s case, this meant doing two things every day: nurturing the scared little girl inside her, and getting that scared little girl to the damn gym. We called it the soft-heart, hard-ass approach. If you’re stuck, I’d advise you to adopt it. Care for your heart by soothing it, but follow your dreams even when you’re scared. Make friends with the fear that tells you you’re doing something real and important, that you’re breaking out of your comfort zone.

Once she adopted this new approach, Paige realized that it was getting her in good enough shape to be a model as well as an athlete. Suddenly, making the team wasn’t her only way forward. By feeling the fear and doing something anyway, you do risk failure—but you will still get unstuck, often in ways you never expected.

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