WITI PERSONAL GROWTH
Discovering Your Passion
“Nothing great in this world has been accomplished without passion”. This quote by George Hegel is so true! All successful people in this world are truly passionate about what they do. I think of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
What is passion? Passion is our desires or purposes that bring us joy. Webster’s dictionary defines passion as “strong emotion or enthusiasm; fervor, ardor, desire”. Passionate people have greater exuberance, zest and zeal for life. Passion gives us that internal fire to succeed. It acts as a motivating force to help us do truly great things.
Martin Luther King Jr. was passionate about fighting for equality for all mankind. In his famous speech that he gave in 1964 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King declared “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will join hands with little white boys and girls and will walk together as brothers and sisters.” He was so passionate about his cause that it ultimately cost him his life.
I think of ordinary people like you and me who are passionate about their work. Mrs. Renfro, who was my daughter’s first grade teacher, was so enthusiastic about teaching children. She’d always greet the children with a smile or hug, and give lots of positive reinforcement. You could tell from her exuberance that she loves children and loves her job.
So how do you find your passion? How do you discover what you’re called to do? Take some quiet time by yourself where you won’t be interrupted. Take time to get in touch with your deep inner self. Your passion comes from the heart. Here are questions to ask yourself:
Once you discover your passion, consider how you can incorporate it into your life. Some people pursue their passion through their work, others through a hobby and still others through volunteer work. The possibilities are endless. By finding and pursuing your passion you’ll feel more energized and excited about life!