You cannot become rich or achieve any other kind of success in life if you don’t have passion in your life or passion about what you are doing. Be it the simplest thing or the most sophisticated thing, you need passion in order to succeed.
“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”
You have a 9 to 5 job drawing a good pay, you have a good family and all’s well with the world. But deep inside, you feel like you are going nowhere. The job isn’t moving upward either. You are actually stagnating in your career and mentally and spiritually. Something is missing.
In the following days we will take a look at how important passion is and what different forms it must take in order to point our lives in the right direction, i.e. in the direction of super success.
What’s your real calling in life?
Passion. The one quality that textbooks and instruction manuals and company procedures will never talk about. Everyone is in such a hurry to make you fit perfectly into the machine like a well-oiled gear, that they forgot you are a living, feeling human being. Even you have forgotten.
Ask yourself. If I had a million bucks in the bank, what kind of work would I be doing? Would I chuck this humdrum job and move on to something really exciting? Something that I have always wanted to do? Then ask yourself – why am I not doing that right now? Is it because of peer pressure or because I don’t want to move out of my comfort zone? Don’t want to rock my boat? You are half asleep in your boat already and in a few years you could be put out to pasture! If the boat rocks now, you could be jerked awake and come to your senses. Your passionate senses.
You don’t have to wait for dire straits to rock you out of your present mediocre life. You can decide right now, that you want to live and work passionately and make your life worthwhile.
Finding Your True Passion
“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.’
– Georg Hegel, German philosopher
So you have decided you want to live fully and passionately and reap all those rich rewards at the end of the rainbow. How do you find out what you are truly passionate about?
Here are a few steps you can take to discover the currents that move you deep inside:
1. Read your own body language. How does your body behave at your present job? Does it tense up and ache all the time? Do you get panic attacks very often? Are you so bored that you doze at your desk? Do you keep looking at the clock as break time approaches? Then you are in the wrong job. You simply don’t have the passion for it. When you work on a job that you are passionate about, all your aches and cramps will dissolve. You will find yourself working extra hours, talking to your friends about your work and simply bubbling with life.
2. What did you love doing as a child? Your childhood hobbies and obsessions can indicate a genuine passion. Education and family pressures often move us away from our true calling. Did you love bikes or gardening or trekking? Then maybe a career in the automobile or landscaping or travel industries is where you should be! So sit back and recall your childhood and write down your memories. What made you smile then may still make you grin today and in the future.
3. What do you love doing as an adult? You might very well have passionate side pursuits even today. Do you love your moonlighting job more than your regular day job? Many corporate honchos work the night shift as chefs or night school teachers. Start spending a few hours every day on your pet hobby. It may just hold the key to the real you!
Passion can be unleashed in various ways; one way is to change the circumstances that engulf you.
Sometimes to unleash true passion in yourself, you may have to change your job to suit your aptitude better. But you may find that you do love your existing job, but simply don’t feel very passionate about it. You can study your situation and then try to make a few changes to rekindle the passion you felt when you first started working.
Passion does not come overnight. Taking these proactive steps will see a gradual increase in your enthusiasm. You will begin working with a newly fired zeal, which becomes contagious, motivating your teammates as well. You will have consciously taken charge of your life again and the fruits of prosperity will be in sight once again.
Live With Passion
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I am often asked “What’s In Your Tool Kit”? What tools do I use in my business to be more productive?
That’s a loaded question because I am a geek and every time something new comes out, I am a first adopter. I know for most of us that can become very overwhelming. So here are some of the top productivity tools in my Tool Kit that I use online to run my business:
1. WiseStamp – (wisestamp.com)
WiseStamp is a web browser extension, which supports Firefox, Google and Chrome. The WiseStamp strong platform has a variety of Email Apps that allows users to make a better use of their daily emails – adding a whole new level of functionality and interaction. It’s on the end of all my email correspondence. The free version is great. It allows you to create a customized email signature that is a great call to action every time you send an email out.
2. Canva – (canva.com)
Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, business cards and so much more.
Simply search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts, or upload your own. I use Canva to create my blog images, graphics and Social Media. Canva comes with a lot of free graphics that you can use and customize as well as a host of fee based graphics. These fee based graphics are a $1/piece so it won’t break the bank if you decide to use them.
3. Jing – (techsmith.com/jing)
Jing is a simple way to start sharing images and short videos from your computer screen. Jing gives you the ability to add basic visual elements to your capture sand share them fast. You can capture an image of what you see on your computer screen. I keep the Jing tool open on my computer. That way I can grab images or capture a screenshot in a flash.
4. Hangout Magix – (hangoutmagix.com)
Hangout Magix gives users options when it comes to Google Hangout graphics. The app is intended to work alongside Hangout Toolbox, a Google+ extension that is available on the left sidebar of Google Hangouts. I make my lower thirds to use on my Internet television show Connecting People, Changing Lives.
5. Dropbox – (dropbox.com)
Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, mobile devices and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere. Can’t live without this one. Great to know that wherever I am, I can access my important files.
6. vCita – (SparkItNetwork.com/vcita)
Getting people’s attention and engagement is only part of marketing and growing your business. You must get them to take ACTION to close the sale, book the gig, complete the transaction or it’s all “just talk”. It has an easy to use appointment reservation system that sends reminders by email or text message. You can see it in action here: http://www.ConnectWithCaren.com
These are just a few of my favorite tools to assist you in being more productive in your business. What’s in your tool kit?
For a copy of my Business Resource Guide: sparkitnetwork.com/cool-tools
For the last 30 years Caren has dedicated her personal and professional life to communicating and connecting with people. In the early 90’s she was a children’s rock and roll singer, signed with Rhino Records. She traveled the country singing songs of self-esteem. That experience culminated with a concert at Carnegie hall. She has 8 CD’s to her name including “Voice of Hope” which is a collection of spiritual songs to move you through the many experiences in life. During that same time she owned a creative arts company that provided arts programming for the public and private schools sector in Los Angeles. She is the author of 4 books and the host of Connecting People, Changing Lives, an internet TV show. Today, as the co-founder of Spark It Network, she focuses on helping businesses create digital assets so that they can get found on the internetRead More