Passion, Purpose, & Meaning: It’s Not What You Think
Having core passions that define and guide your life is key. But that is vastly different than being a passionate person. The common assumption is that passion always burns hot. Right? It’s about charisma and getting fired up!
But in reality, passion is about something much deeper. It acts as the foot soldier for purpose and meaning. Which is great news, because then, passion is a tool everyone can use. You don’t have to be Tony Robbins to be a passionate person.
Purpose and meaning are the organic byproducts of a life that is in alignment with your core passions. Meaning, as you explore your passions over a period of time, the natural byproduct is a greater sense of purpose and meaning.
At one point in my life, I was curious about filmmaking. Then I became passionate about filmmaking. And then I started making films. As I explored that passion on deeper and deeper levels, my overall sense of purpose and meaning grew. Make sense?
You got needs. Are you meeting them? Even the deep down needs? It’s kind of that simple. Identify your real needs and begin there. Open some new doors. See what turns into passion and what doesn’t.
As you get better at this, you’ll bring more of the things that feed you, into your life. You’ll bring more passion, purpose, and meaning into your daily experience. Which requires intention. Mindfully walking with life versus randomly reacting to life.
Take notice of what feeds you. Take notice of what makes life worth living. Then do more of those things.
Passion will move men beyond themselves. – Joseph Campbell