Tell me one thing, if you know what your passion is, what keeps you from doing it? What keeps you from living in your passion day after day? Money? Time? Perhaps too many passions to narrow down? When thinking about the goal of living life with passion, there isn’t always a quick and easy fix. Often the first (and most difficult) step is knowing what brings us passion. As a part II to the first post about finding your passion, in this article we will explore 5 Ways to Start Living Your Passion, starting today!
Life without passion is dull and lifeless. It feels pointless, draining, mundane. If you aren’t currently living your passion, day to day, this is a red flag. The truth is, only you can experience the drive and fulfillment by doing things you love. If you aren’t making passionate living a priority, perhaps priorities need to shift. You might be able to give me a laundry list of reasons why you can’t start living your passion, but there is only one true obstacle: you. Read on to find steps you can take to start saying “yessss” to living the life you deserve.
1. Know thyself, then embrace thyself
Your true self is full of life, wisdom, love, and passion. If you don’t already have a good knowledge of your true self, this is a perfect opportunity to connect to him/her/them. Knowing one’s self is a lifelong journey which involves understanding what has shaped us (socialized us), our natural abilities and personality, our gifts and skills, and essentially our purpose in life. This might seem like a daunting task, for some. It’s actually quite a fulfilling journey in and of itself and can bring great peace and joy in knowing who we really are. It can also help free us of that which has been placed on us or absorbed by us, which may not actually be our true selves.
Once we are in the process of learning about ourselves, it is just as important to accept and embrace what we find. Even the not-so-pleasant things. In fact, trying to hide our flaws is an energy drain and could potentially keep us from living our best lives. Embracing our true selves is about accepting our power, goodness, struggles, and personal responsibility for everything from this moment forth. We gain personal power by being willing to be who we really are and finding a way to bring what we have to offer and benefit the world. With so much love and kindness for self, we are much more likely to want to give ourselves the life of passion we so desire.
2. Start setting aside time every week to engage in your passion
Giving space and time for us to express, experience, and grow is the key to living our passions. Perhaps one of your passions is dancing or movement. Your body comes alive when it is twirling or twerking or whatever you do to move. The goal here is to move your body as much and as often as you can. Maybe you sign up for a weekly dance class, setting aside that time each week to practice and learn. Or maybe you schedule in 15 minutes of free-dancing every night after work when you get home. Whatever it is, make it a priority, even if its only an hour or 2 each week.
I have heard many people say “well I love doing ____, but I just don’t have the time or energy.” I too have fallen prey to this mentality. It gets you stuck in a cycle of denying and justifying NOT doing what you love. Poppy-cock. The truth is, when you give yourself time and space to do things you love, you will start to feel energized and invigorated by it. If you don’t have energy, then devote your limited energy to passion and you hit 2 birds with one stone. Thus, scheduling in time to do things you love will help you be able to justify the use of your time and energy toward your passions. This will set in motion a trajectory and start creating a habit that brings passion into our lives, at the very least weekly.
3. Find a community that shares your passion
Whatever your passion, there is a group of people that also share that interest. You might have heard people say “find your tribe.” Meaning, find like-minded individuals who have similar interests and cultivate relationships and connection to them. Being around a community of passionate people will rub off on you. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well. One of the best ways to begin living your passion is by surrounding yourself with it.
When I began blogging, I started reading articles, success stories, reading others’ blogs, joined blogging groups on social media, etc. I needed to be around other people that were just as excited about creating, writing, expressing as I was. On top of that, their enthusiasm helped spur on my own. Maybe your passion is books and reading. Get on a forum online for bookworms. Join or start a book club. Join meet-up groups that cater to sharing books. Start a book lending library in your neighborhood. Chances are, there are a lot of people that are passionate like you are. We are all interconnected and sharing our passions with others brings us closer together and closer to ourselves as well. Living our passions often means reciprocally sharing our passions with others.
4. Feed your hunger for passion
If you want more passion, consume more information. If you are interested in something, start focusing on learning more about it. Read books, articles, websites. Learn all you can about your passion. The more you learn and ingest the information, the more your passion grows and swells. Have a passion for travel? The more you read about travel from travel blogs, magazines, etc, the more motivated you will become to actually travel more. It feeds your hunger for travel. (for a great travel blog check out ytravelblog.com).
If you begin to feed your passion, it will whet your appetite. Once you taste or feel the passion, you can begin to find more ways to live your passion. For instance, I have been wanting to make my own household and personal care items for a while. It started by just pinning ideas on Pinterest. Reading about what you can make, how to make it, and the benefits of making your own stuff, I became more and more interested. Eventually, I took that information and started implementing. I started actually making my own things, and now I write about DIY recipes that I have developed! The curiosity fueled the passion and eventually led to action. The easiest step to start living your passion is to feed it.
5. Visualize your life, dream it, manifest it
The power to dream and imagine is one of greatest assets of the human mind. If we haven’t actually imagined how great life could be, are we really going to put forth much energy to get there? There is great power in visualizing and dreaming about our passions. Visualizing can be as simple as daydreaming about what life would be like if we were engaging in our passions. Perhaps we imagine ourselves in the kitchen with our family, cooking and baking for them, everyone is laughing and smiling. Or maybe we imagine doing yoga on the beach, living out our passion for travel and health. Whatever your passion, start imagining you living it!
Visualizing our passions may be as complex as meditating or focusing our energies on believing this dream will become reality. One can ‘practice’ in their minds how they will live their passions. One can conjure up images that make them feel powerful, capable, ready and willing to engage in their passions. The mind is a powerful tool, use it! Whether or not you believe in manifesting, there is value in preparing to experience that which you seek. And if you do believe in manifesting, the energy and desire you put out into the Universe, will come back to you. Manifesting our desires is based on a connection to ourselves and the Universe. This, coupled with a faith and belief that we can have what we truly desire, can bring a life of passion.
A bit of my story
A short anecdotal story about manifesting in my life, this year I manifested a month long road trip through the Southwest and up the West Coast. (This is the abridged version of the story) At the end of 2016, I found out I would be getting a settlement in January for a workman’s comp claim. Not a huge amount, but enough to make a difference. Then, in January I began to feel unsettled. What was I going to do? I felt the energy welling up in me, I had been stifling dreams and passions for so long. I didn’t feel happy with my current job and I wasn’t living my passions. In therapy, I even said “I feel like something big is coming.” Shortly after that, I met someone.
As we began to get to know each other, he shared that he had a camper van that he planned to drive out to California to try and sell and to take some time off. As soon as he shared this, something lept within me. “Take me!” my soul cried. A few days went by, I decided to be bold and ask him. Granted, I had literally only know him a week, it seemed both crazy and normal all at the same time. We had connected really well and seemed in parallel positions in life. When I asked him if I could go with him, after he thought about it a couple of days, he said “yes”. The next day, I put in my 2 weeks notice and the rest is history.
On the Road Again
For 4 weeks we spent on the road with each other. Every single day, my soul was rejoicing. The beauty of nature, the energy of new adventures, the wonderful food, camping, mountains, oceans, rivers. Every single day, I felt like I was living a dream. Now, granted, it wasn’t all fun and pleasant. However, every challenge became a lesson and I felt my passion begin to break free. I started thinking of business ideas. That’s when I came up with the idea to start a blog. I didn’t even truly know my passion was to travel until I manifested it. Then by noticing the desire, imagining the reality, and then taking steps to make it happen, it open me up. Once I allowed and manifested one passion, it allowed me to connect with all of my passions so much easier.
Living your passion doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. When I tell some people my story about my road trip, they scoffed “Well, wouldn’t that be nice”. The reality is, ANYONE can manifest their passions. It’s not just for the privileged few who just happen to randomly stumble into it. You can take steps today to start living your passions. Believe and don’t settle! You will be glad you did. Thanks for reading, friends! I would love to hear from you in the comments below!