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Published on January 4, 2021

7 Things to Be Passionate About for a Fulfilling Life

7 Things to Be Passionate About for a Fulfilling Life

Are you living your life by accident, or do you prefer a fulfilling life consumed with passion? Passions in life are not derived from always doing what you want. You can conjure up what feels good in a moment or a season, but what is done through your life creates a greater impact.

Most of what we experience in life comes from doing and performing. Decisions are made to accept a path that leads to a predetermined destination.

If you live within your feelings and emotions, you will be on a roller coaster ride for a lifetime, but harnessing your passion as a desire puts you in the driver’s seat.

So much emphasis is placed on living out your life’s purpose and passion. However, what if you paused long enough and put the energy and focus into the source of your passions in life and not the feelings around the passion?

These seven passions in life will help you rediscover your direction and assist you in stepping into your greatness.

1. Presence

Chasing moments can be exhausting, so take a step back and be present. Trying to multitask and fulfill every obligation in a split second is overwhelming. Slow down your day and let your presence command attention.

What you do matters, and how you choose to live your day counts, but all will be lost if the presence is not fostered.

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Presence can be achieved by taking the time to breathe and savor the moment. Breathwork makes room for all of your senses to be aware of the stimuli around you.[1] Details become more memorable and tangible because presence commands attention.

2. Self-Love

How many times do you say, “I’m sorry” in a day, and for what? Most of us wouldn’t even know how many times we say it because we do not take the time to listen to our habitual words and phrases. We apologize and move on as if it’s a general greeting.

Love yourself more by removing “sorry” from your everyday vocabulary.

Now, if you need to apologize honestly, then do so. But don’t let “sorry” become the go-to-phrase. Prioritize your confidence by loving yourself[2].

How to Practice Self-Love

    Too many days are formulated by what you accomplish. Each day is a new beginning with new mercies. Yesterday is in the past, and tomorrow has yet to come, so look to today with only love as one of your passions in life.

    3. Positivity

    It’s time to bury the negative for the positive. When circumstances get the best of you, give more to what is right. Whatever you focus on, that is what you will see.

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    Negativity is all around, so it’s easy to grab ahold of it. Be cautious not to become that negative sucker that only responds to the bad. Reach for what is better and good for those you care about and, most importantly, yourself.

    As you exchange your lenses to see that which is positive, the culture of your everyday changes. Sacrifice the negative and experience more positive.

    4. Finding Silver Linings

    Life is not always fair, but amidst all the messes, there are blessings: the silver linings. Just as you search for the positive, you must understand that there will still be the negative.

    In order to go beyond that which you see, you must open your heart and mind by wrapping yourself up in the tinsel of happiness. These are the silver linings that grace the unpleasant situations and should become your passions in life.

    However, you must understand that it takes practice and effort to conquer what comes so naturally and be comfortable in a mess. Challenge your knee-jerk reactions and turn them into responses that illuminate that which is bright—the silver-linings in your messes.

    5. Rebounding From Failure

    Success is not achieved without failure. Instead of honing in on what did not happen, see what can be created from what did happen. It’s time to rebound from your failures faster than you succeed. With every fall comes a chance to stand tall.

    Failures bring about progress from the lessons learned, but nothing is learned if you don’t get back up and take the next step. When you really think about it, failing is the easy way out. Getting back up, though, requires more fortitude and passion.

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    Life is fulfilling in many ways. As you connect your heart with your everyday actions, momentum and motivation build. The passion in life becomes more apparent. The reflection of who you see develops further, and success is on the horizon.

    6. Optimizing Your Day

    When was the last time you consulted your calendar? Probably five minutes ago. In all seriousness, how busy are you? Busyness has become a badge of honor, and for what reason? Your calendar is not your life, yet that’s how you choose to live.

    If you want passions in life, you have to look at the whole picture. Most of us have appointments that do not matter or are just taking up space.

    The calendar becomes the crutch to a collage of clutter.

    What can you erase on your calendar to make room for what you need in your everyday? Tough decisions bring about worthy transformation. With the stroke of a pen or a click on the keys, you can now optimize your everyday to make room for even more passions in life.

    7. Being a Better You

    You are steering your own ship, so decide how you want to live your life. Overwhelm doesn’t have to be your middle name. Do not give the world permission to dictate who you are.

    Spend time on who you are becoming. Some would argue this is a waste of time, but remember, as you strive to live out your purpose, your passion in life must lead. This requires much of your attention.

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    As you continue your life’s journey, there will be opportunities for more growth. Embrace them with open hands and be willing to do the work with decisive actions. Soon your reflection will be that of your best self.

    Where Are You Now?

    One of the hardest things to do is take an honest and raw look at where you stand and who you are. If you could be your younger self, seeing what your older self is doing currently, would your younger self be thrilled at where you are now?

    Getting real forces the layers to be peeled back and the masks removed. Who needs to hide when you are confident and living your life? Every day, you have the opportunity to impact the world you touch through your passions in life. Desire more than what you see.

    Final Thoughts

    Many will read this, and nothing will change. Habitual actions will lead the day, and what matters will go astray, but this is not the only way.

    The passion in life is not about what you do and the feelings with which you do it, but who you are. Nothing is going to stop who you are becoming. When you accept this, you will love your reflection, not because of what you see, but how you live, love, and impact through your passions in life.

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    Kristianne Wargo

    Lifestyle Strategist, Executive Coach, Podcaster, Writer, and Speaker who walks with the everyday woman in her every day to live, love, and impact.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2021

    7 Steps to Reinventing Yourself and Reach Your Goals

    7 Steps to Reinventing Yourself and Reach Your Goals

    Even though there are some people who feel great about their job and have somehow managed to find a good lifestyle that suits them, many still feel trapped and dissatisfied. There are people out there that are desperate for a change, be it in their personal life, their career or something else. The worst thing you can do is to keep your feelings bottled up and soldier on. Depression affects a good chunk of the population but making a change can be scary and difficult. However, if you decide to face the fear of failure and reinvent yourself, there are certain steps that you have to take to improve your chances of success.

    1. Decide on what you want to focus on

    Never plan a big change in your life and career, with only a vague idea of what you wish to accomplish. Sit down and think about all the things you are interested in, would like to do and see yourself investing a great deal of time in. Your motivation can be money, passion, reducing stress, being free to make your own decisions, or having more free time on your hands eventually. Find a path that suits you and bravely make the first step.

    2. Always try to make some time for your new passion

    We can all be busy and have hectic schedules, but if you really want to make a change you’ll need to find a way to make time for your new passion in life. You’ll need to spend a lot of time learning new skills and acquiring great amounts of information, so most of the free time you have will have to be used up for improving yourself. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes on a break or if you have to sacrifice your TV hour after work to studying, you need to make the sacrifice. Only by completely doing away with useless procrastinating activities like watching TV, YouTube clips or playing games, can you find enough time to earn a living, work on reinventing yourself and improve your mind and body.

    3. Keep educating yourself and look for resources

    A lot of people complain about the lackluster education system and rightfully so. Today you need a bunch of forms for everything, and although efforts are being made to switch to online forms that would make everyone’s life easier, we are still a long way from enabling quick and efficient decisions to be made within the education system. Changes are made very slowly as it takes ages to process all that written information.

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    This is why you don’t develop any applicable skills or learn a whole lot in school – everyone seems to be focused on bureaucracy instead of effective education. This is why you have to do all the research and learn on your own if you want to get anywhere. In this age of online courses, cheap eBooks and video tutorials it’s not very difficult to find the information you need from respected sources. Start off slow and learn about the basics, then branch out and keep devouring books on the subjects you wish to specialize in.

    A good way to get started is to look at the bibliography listed in the more basic books and do some online research to find out who the most trusted experts on the topic are, and just get their books. Even if you’re very busy and strapped for time, devote an hour a day on reading and if you have plenty of free time, fill it up with reading and research. If you get bored, then switch to improving your general knowledge to keep things interesting.

    4. Do plenty of networking, both online and offline

    Between all that reading and your usual obligations you’ll have fairly little free time, mostly in the evenings or on the weekend, and you’ll want to make the most out of it by relaxing and having some fun. You may also take a few breaks during the day and scroll through your Facebook and Twitter feed for something interesting. These are great opportunities to do some networking. While you’re out about town, try sparking up conversations with people.

    Keep going out, hanging out with your friends and meeting new people. Ask around to find out if anyone knows someone who works in the industry you are interested in and offer to buy that person a round of drinks in exchange for a short conversation. When on social media, look for people that share the same professional interests and follow industry influencers to get some inside info about new trends and tactics. Always be on the lookout for networking opportunities.

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    5. Create a schedule, but don’t look too far into the future

    Having a clear schedule is a good idea when you are trying to make the most of any given day, and setting goals helps keep you motivated and on track. However, you can get bogged down on plans for the future, career choices you’ll have to make and the money you will be able to earn, so much that you lose sight of smaller goals.

    You can also psyche yourself out and lose motivation, or spend a good amount of time daydreaming instead of doing something useful. In the begging it’s all about learning the basics, steadily developing deeper knowledge, getting a bit of experience and becoming more proficient in your new chosen profession. Only once you’ve become good at it, can you start thinking about career-building opportunities and make long-term plans.

    6. Take care of your body and mind by staying fairly fit

    If you have health problems, don’t sleep well, and have dietary deficiencies, living a fast-paced life and reinventing yourself is going to be a whole lot harder. Physical exercise can help keep your hormones in balance, prevent chronic aches and pains, and lower the risk of a lot of illnesses. It will make you feel more focused and full of energy.

    Getting plenty of quality sleep is also incredibly important for keeping your mind fresh and working at 100% capacity – which is the key to fast learning and reducing stress.

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    A 30-40 minute workout session or 10-15 minutes of active running will tire you out and make it easier to fall asleep, which combined with some stretching and keeping your bedroom in complete darkness will help you get those 8-9 hours of sleep your body needs.

    Eat a decent amount of fruit, vegetables and unsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts, and fish oil) during the day to keep your mind and body working at optimal levels and to keep your immune system in check. With 3-4 hours of exercise per week and some healthy food in your diet, you will be much more positive and productive.

    7. Hang out more with people who are supportive and can help you grow

    Most people won’t welcome change, particularly if you are doing something that doesn’t fit the side of your character that everyone has gotten to know over the years. Some will even discourage you or try to distract you. You will be pressured to spend more time with others, and time will become a very valuable resource to you.

    This is why you should quickly and efficiently cut off everyone that keeps pulling you back or expects a lot from you without giving anything back. You know the kind, constantly asking for favors, looking after their own interests above all else and nowhere to be seen when you are in a pinch and need some help.

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    Focus your efforts on people who give you support, aren’t afraid to tell you their opinion without judging you and that can actually help you out. You need to be around people you are compatible with and whose company you enjoy in the little spare time you have, and around people who can help you improve.

    There are no guarantees, and you might fail once or twice before finding a good path for yourself, but that shouldn’t discourage you. It’s better to work hard and overcome adversity in the end, than to toil away feeling miserable.

    Featured photo credit: Sharon Christina Rørvik via unsplash.com

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