When you think of passion in relationships, you are probably thinking amorous thoughts. You have a point there but that is not what I’m talking about.
Let me illustrate:
A young man told me that he had a steady job but that wasn’t his passion. (BTW: passion can mean any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling. Not just between couples. It’s something that turns your clock).
So I figure this guy has some choices to make:
- Quit his secure job and sell his paintings or coin collection (right).
- Move in with his parents (not recommended).
- Play and WIN the lottery (good luck).
- Keep his job and lose his soul. (I know that’s extreme but I have to keep your interest!)
This guy needs to reorient the relationship with his job and life by adding passion. There are a few people in this world who love their job because it fits their passion. But many people work a job just to support themselves and family AND THAT’S ALRIGHT! “So what should I do to get passion moving in my life?” you may ask.
- First discover your passion. Everyone has something that they are interested in and enjoy doing. What are you passionate about? What gets you excited when you talk about it? Ask your friends what they think is your passion.
- Look to see if there are any jobs that fit your passion. Take a career assessment or a Strength Finder1.
- If there is no way to change jobs, then follow your passion in your off hours. Hike, bike, collect something (when my wife was in Europe she collected samples of toilet paper from each country :)) read something, write something, paint something (unless it is graffiti), just do something!
Your job doesn’t have to fit your passion, but your passion must fit your life! Or to say it another way, find a place and time to incorporate your passion.
1 In 1998, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., along with Tom Rath teamed up with The Gallup Organization, creating the StrengthsFinder assessment. Since 2001, they have included in their bestselling book StrengthsFinder an assessment that will help one find their strengths. Try it out!
(c) 2015 Wally Johnston