Two “P’s” in a pod

“Passion isn’t something that lives way up in the sky, in abstract dreams and hopes. It lives at ground level, in the specific details of what you’re actually doing every day.” — Marcus Buckingham


Two “P’s” in a pod.

One “P” is the reason you journey.

The other “P” is the fire that lights the way.

When both these “P’s” collide, you find yourself walking in your God-given destiny.

When you add these two “P’s” together, you create the lifestyle you deserve to live.

So what exactly are we referring to here?

Have you deciphered the two “P’s” yet?

Of course you have!

PASSION and PURPOSE.

Passion is more than just dreams of great things and following your bliss.

It’s energy.

Passion requires reserves of energy that are replenished as you feed your dreams through accomplishments.

That feeling of power, drive, energy, and borderline obsession required to achieve your dreams, is passion.

Passion is energy — physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Perhaps passion is even social when working in groups or sharing your passion with others.

In the case of social energy, we’re fueled by both the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards of our progress, success, and accomplishments. The passion is continuously sparked, and reserves are replenished, through these processes. The drive — and need — to continue to reach toward our goal is reinforced.

Let’s look at this in a bit more detail.


PASSION: PURPOSE

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Finding Your Purpose

Finding your purpose makes it sound like it’s lost. That you’ve misplaced it. That it’s somehow out of reach.

But, in truth,

your purpose is all around you.

If it’s out of reach, that’s because it’s out of your consciousness — likely crowded out by busyness, and mind-numbing activities.

To have a purpose in life is to fulfill a calling or engage in a mission.

Purpose is action driven by passion — the energy that nourishes our dreams, desires, ambitions, and goals.

Your emotions can also help you realize your purpose. Even disappointment can help, because disappointment can be energizing. People who channel their disappointment into action get things done, and they’re not likely to lose sight of their purpose.


TRY THESE TECHNIQUES TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE:

(-) SLOW DOWN.

Rest your body, mind and soul.

Immerse yourself in the present moment.

Take in your environment and focus on your senses.


(-) BECOME AWARE OF THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SMILE — AND THINGS THAT MAKE YOU ANGRY.

  • Movies and books that resonate with you deeply
  • People who inspire you
  • Things that bring you joy
  • Injustices that push your buttons
  • Social issues that break your heart and infuriate you


(-) ALLOW YOURSELF TO EXPLORE YOUR MEMORIES.

  • What did you love to do before you got too busy, tired, old, or broke, to enjoy it?
  • Recall the wrongs you wanted to right and the problems you wanted to solve.


(-) MAKE TIME.

Prioritize and embrace things that make time stand still or energize you to take action.

(-) DO SOMETHING!

Move toward your purpose, no matter how small the action.

  • Make that call
  • Attend that meeting
  • Do online research
  • Start an online group

Ignite the fire!


Committing To Your Purpose

The act of committing to your purpose requires goals.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the groundbreaking book “Flow”, believes that goals need to be beyond our reach, but not too far beyond our reach.

Think of long-term and short-term goals.

Short-term goals are close enough to motivate you, but far away enough to make you stretch.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey

For example, if ending world hunger makes you want to do something (big picture — long term goal — not likely that you will attain that one on your own), then decide how you want to contribute.

Create short-term goals based on what is doable, but not quite within your reach. It may be a project that has many steps — each getting you closer to your goal.

It’s most helpful to have target dates, deadlines, or milestones built into your goals.

If they’re reasonable, and they should be, milestones provide a sense of accomplishment and reinforce your purpose.

Each achievement fuels the next, replenishing the stores of energy that ignite your passion.


Living Your Purpose

Once you recognize your purpose and commit to goals with short-term, achievable action steps, get to work!

Lose yourself in the moments of flow.

Allow yourself to celebrate milestones toward your goal.

Find a way to share your progress with others and it’ll provide additional motivation for you.

If your purpose involves a solitary pursuit of your goals,

establish ways to recharge.

Many people do this through relationships and emotional connections.

If people just aren’t your thing — get a pet — that’s right, a pet! Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Franklin Roosevelt, Pablo Picasso, Stephen King, Winston Churchill, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfred Hitchcock — all formed special bonds with their pets.


PASSION: ENERGY

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Body

Passion as energy — soul fuel — is certainly physical.

As such,

passion requires participation from the body.

Although many who live their purpose report working countless hours without food, sleep, or breaks — it’s just not sustainable — and it’s not healthy.

A well-rested, nourished, and hydrated body, strengthens the functions of the mind.

Flow requires focused attention, which includes a sharp mind.


KEEP YOUR BODY ALERT WITH THESE ACTIONS:

  • Move around at least every couple of hours to get the dopamine flowing again
  • Stretch your muscles
  • Move your fingers and toes
  • Roll your neck and shoulders
  • Move your eyes side to side
  • Drink some water
  • Take a break


Mind

It’s important to feed your brain as well as your body.

Keep the neurons firing and your focus sharp with plenty of protein throughout the day. A snack of protein every couple of hours, combined with movement on the hours in between, will help you stay alert and avoid distractions.


YOU CAN FEED YOUR BRAIN AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND WITH THESE ACTIVITIES:

  • Puzzles
  • Learning new languages
  • Playing an instrument
  • Social interactions
  • Taking a class
  • Finding a hobby

Also, find ways to use your mind that aren’t related to your goals.

Varied types of activities give it the exercise it needs to stay sharp.


Soul

How do you nourish your soul or spirit?

Some people find that being in nature meets that need.

For others, it’s more traditional, such as going to a place of worship.

Many find that meditation, journaling, breathing, and stretching activities, replenishes their soul.

Whatever works for you — do that.


PASSION: FLOW

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Mindfulness

We mentioned the concept of flow.

Mindfulness is a term that is more commonly use to refer to that zen-like state of mind.

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the result of living your passion and fulfilling your purpose.

Mindfulness and flow are about being so focused that nothing else matters.

It’s about living in the moment, fueled by the soul energy that propels you forward to the goals that are just out of reach.

Lean into the work.

Drafting forms for a committee meeting may not seem like living your purpose. But if the meeting is about your passion for and purpose of, ending hunger for school children in a developing region, drafting the forms becomes part of the bigger picture.

If you get lost in the details,

remember your goal.

Keep pictures or goals in writing nearby to regularly remind you of your purpose.

Every small step gets you closer.

Maintaining a focus on whatever is in front of you allows the work to flow.


Internal & External Motivation & Rewards

While passion and love for your purpose (or anger about some injustice) provides internal motivation, you may still get bogged down when things are difficult. During those times, a bit of external motivation can carry you through.

Many of us are internally motivated to do the work that we do, but getting a pay check is a great reward to remind us of the other benefits.

What motivates you to do what you love?

There’s an argument to be made that doing well builds our confidence, which reinforces the motivation to continue.

For those who help others, whether directly as a helper or indirectly as say a City Council member, helping gives them a sense of being a good person — also a great motivator.

So in many cases, our motivation is self-reinforcing through these intrinsic rewards. And, receiving a commendation for a job well done certainly helps.

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What’s Next?

The starting place is often the end.

Stephen Covey spoke about beginning with the end in mind.

That refers to your goal — what do you want to accomplish?

Are you having a hard time finding your passion?


CONSIDER THESE IDEAS TO DISCOVER YOUR PASSION AND PUT YOUR IDEAS INTO PRACTICE:

(-) INTERESTS.

What do you like to do?

Do well?

Find interesting?

Want to know more about?


(-) STRONG FEELINGS.

What causes, issues, or interests do you feel strongly enough about to do something to help?


(-) THINK ABOUT HOW TO INTEGRATE THIS INTO SOMETHING THAT MOTIVATES YOU.

If you don’t think of it right away, come back to it.

As you go through your day, make note of anything that energizes you.


(-) WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If you come up with something, think about the big goal and what you can do to contribute.


(-) PLUG IN TO SOMETHING THAT ENERGIZES YOU.

Find others with the same interest and support each other in your efforts.


Additional Resources

If you’re interested in learning more about the concept of “flow” (the secret to happiness), you might want to make a note of the following links which you can check out at a more suitable time:

(1) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (TED Talk)

(2) Living in Flow — The Secret of Happiness with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Passion is ‘soul fuel’: without it, you will run out of the food that feeds your very soul.” — Frank Kamal

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Key Takeaways

  • Passion is energy — physical, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Passion requires reserves of energy that are replenished as you feed your dreams through accomplishments.
  • That feeling of power, drive, energy, and borderline obsession required to achieve your dreams, is passion.
  • Your purpose is all around you.
  • To have a purpose in life is to fulfill a calling or engage in a mission.
  • Purpose is action driven by passion — the energy that nourishes our dreams, desires, ambitions, and goals.
  • The act of committing to your purpose requires goals.
  • Goals need to be beyond our reach, but not too far beyond our reach.
  • Mindfulness is the result of living your passion and fulfilling your purpose.

With this understanding of PASSION and PURPOSE, you can now fuel the fire, follow your energy and pursue your dreams.

So go ahead, add these two “P’s” together and create the lifestyle you deserve to live.


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