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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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    How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

    How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

    Everyone goes through changes in their lives, whether it be aging, emotional maturing, retirement, parenthood, or entering or leaving a relationship. However, some of us seem to embrace chance better than others. When change happens, we may find ourselves wondering how to start over and make the best of the new circumstances we find ourselves in.

    You’ve likely been in a situation where you felt that things just weren’t working out. Whether it’s in your personal relationships or career development, you feel stuck and unhappy with the way things are.

    You need that change, yet you’re afraid to make the conscious decision to move because you’re not even sure what change you need to make, or you’re afraid you don’t have time to start over in life.

    You might have been with the same company for the last 5 years, and the thought of doing the same thing for the next 5 or 10 years scares you. You want to do more, or perhaps even something completely different altogether.

    Or you could already be late into adulthood, where you’ve established a good career path, and you’ve got a lot going on, such as a family to care for. You’re financially stable and could potentially be working towards your next promotion. But, somehow, you’re not quite satisfied with what you’ve achieved.

    There’s just something missing. And yet it feels like it’s too late to leave all that stability behind to embark on a completely new journey of discovery.

    Why is that so many of us find ourselves limiting our windows of opportunity and potential because we think it’s too late to learn how to start over?

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    Meet Jack

    At age 37, Jack is a Senior Manager at one of the Big Four and has been working in Audit for over 15 years. He’s got a great salary, owns his own apartment, and enjoys the finer things in life, but not without the heavy demands that his job brings.

    On the surface it would look like he’s got life figured out. His next steps would be a promotion to becoming Director, or settling down with someone.

    Yet, when I asked him if he was happy with his work, he hesitated before answering. He said that he sometimes wished he could quit his job to do something less stressful. However, he’s become accustomed to this lifestyle and feels that it would be too late to give it up to pursue a new career or ambition.

    The external struggles that Jack faces are financial stability, social influences from his peers, the lavish lifestyle he leads, and status or recognition that he gets from continuing with this job. These may be things you’re facing as well.

    Internally, Jack faces the risk of losing what he’s built over the years. It just doesn’t seem logical to give up this job for the pursuit of an alternative that would give more meaning to his life.

    You might have come across a similar scenario as Jack’s, or you might be a Jack. Whether it’s the stresses and demands of your job, a lack of satisfaction, or a feeling of stagnation, you have to decide if you want to tear down that wall or continue to let it enclose you.

    How to Start Over When It Feels too Late

    The good news is that as our society continues to develop at such a rapid pace, it also means we have more opportunities to do things that were previously thought impossible. These days, more individuals are pushing the boundaries and breaking stereotypes.

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    It’s not just about age or education. It’s about you, and your ability to accept challenges and having the determination to break free from your existing situation.

      1. Gain a Fresh Perspective

      To break free from our limitations, we’ve got to take a step back and gain a fresh perspective on just what limitations really are. On the surface, limitations are things that prevent you from doing something, but if you dig deeper, you’ll find that limitations are the things that keep you constrained inside a loop.

      They keep you stuck facing the same problems, having the same choices, and taking the same actions over and over again. Limitations define the quality of your life. If you want to improve your life, then you must break free from the limitations that keep you in the same loop every day, month, and year.

      It may seem that the limitations that you’re facing are out of your control or something that just happens to you. However, your reality is derived from your perception.

      It’s not reality that’s important, but rather how you perceive your reality. Being able to control how you look at things is the key to learning how to start over and creating a fresh start. Shaping your perception is so powerful that just a small change in perspective can completely change everything, from your motivation and outlook, to your self-esteem and confidence.

      2. Identify the Challenges

      Once you decide to shift your perspective and look at things in a new way, identify exactly what challenges you’ll face as you try to learn how to start over and reboot your life. If you want to change your job, what’s standing in your way? Is it a lack of education, a poor job market, or simply a lack of motivation?

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      If you have just ended a long-term relationship, what difficulties to you foresee in the near future? You may need to find a new living situation, reconnect with old friends, or get used to being alone again.

      To identify what’s holding you back, you can take this Life Assessment for free and get a detailed analysis of how you’re doing in different life aspects.

      Whatever the challenges are, note them down and write down at least three possible solutions. Once you see that each problem has an answer, you’ll begin to put your mind at ease and get comfortable with change.

      3. Check in With Your Values and Priorities

      If you’re determined to start over and change your life, make sure you’re pointing yourself in the right direction as you change. Identify your values and priorities and understand that they’ve likely changed over the years[1].

      When you graduated college, your priority was likely finding a job and making money. Maybe now you’re more interested in developing good relationships with your kids or traveling the world. Be honest with yourself during this process in order to make the most the change you’re going to make.

      You can learn to identify your personal values here.

      4. Utilize the Breakthrough Framework

      The Full Life Framework (as outlined in the book Full Life Essential Guide) provides an overall paradigm shift to turn any limitation into an opportunity that is achievable.

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      By going through each of these four steps, you can transform your mind and actions towards the change that is needed to achieve your ultimate goals, and truly break free from your limitations.

      Step 1: Find the Hidden Opportunity

      It’s easy to see what’s standing in your way. Instead, look for any hidden opportunities that will come out of the change as you learn how to start over.

      Step 2: Plan Your Progression

      Create a plan to achieve the change you want to make. Set a long-term goal, and then break it down into smaller short-term goals that you can work on over the next few months or years.

      Step 3: Invest and Prioritize

      Invest your time and energy into making your plan and goals a reality. Prioritize what you do with each moment and create deadlines to ensure that your plan goes smoothly.

      Step 4: Tap Into Motivation and Good Habits

      Even if you have a good plan, it won’t work unless you develop motivation and positive habits that will keep you on track. These habits can include goal setting, daily reflections, and perseverance.

      Grab your copy of The Full Life Essential Guide to learn more on tapping into your motivation to find your life’s purpose.

      Final Thoughts

      It’s possible to make life changes and learn how to start over. Don’t become a person who lets life pass them by only to regret it when you’re retired or far into old age. Don’t let your life plateau and waste away in the daily grind for the next twenty years while wasting the potential you still have.

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      Tired of being held back by your limitations? It’s time to break free from them, and start living out your best days.

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