4 Ways to Work Your Passion

work your passionIt is a fact: We all lose passion for what we are doing from time to time.

How do you get it back quickly… before the irritation or boredom set in?

I’ve written before about holding your passion separate from your work and your everyday life – and how ineffective that makes you.

When you shut your passion down, it’s not the only thing that gets sluggish. Our will is often not that specific. There’s collateral damage – including to your motivation.

Here are 4 ways to stop yourself from shutting that passion down:

#1. Understanding that passion is not a drive is the single most important thing that makes it easier to wear your passion on your sleeve is . It is something that serves you.

When you feel the need to perform, to accomplish more and be more, don’t see it as a pressure from the inside. Accept it as an invitation to expand who you are.

Ask what you are being invited to do. You get to choose whether you want to do it or not. The worst thing you can do to yourself is to NOT choose and to leave the invitation hanging, because that creates stress. Say “Yes” or say “No”.

Saying “No” does not make you less, it actually frees you up to do something else. It’s not choosing that ties you up in knots and leaves you in a state of unresolved.

#2. Free yourself to follow your passion by letting go of the past. You are not the same person you were in that moment in your history. Perhaps it is true that you would have made a different decision then if you knew what you know now, but you didn’t.

What you have learned between then and now is like an operating system upgrade. Now it’s up to you to upgrade your Self. Stop recycling the old programs that are inefficient and sometimes even inoperable. Figure out where to now and write a new program to go after that.

#3. Criticism is a definite passion-killer. It makes us withdraw and shuts our hearts down. This is as true for self-judgment as it is for criticizing another. Give yourself room. Mistakes are simply things that did not turn out as we had hoped.

Focus on the future and decide what you are going to do to be worthy of your greatest possible future. Whatever that is, that is your next step. Allow that you might not get it right first time, but don’t let that hold you back from trying.

#4. Joy and creativity come from small things far more often than from big things. Set yourself tiny little wins – lots of them. Look for them in the everyday routines and habits. Each thing you do on auto-pilot, each ordinary task is an opportunity to succeed.

Words that run together on a page offer little meaning. It is the spaces between that make them stand out and give them impact.  Let the small things punctuate your day. They count – and don’t forget that it’s you that makes them happen, or at the very least, it’s you that is noticing them.

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Author: Sue Hines

  1. RahulRahul12-03-2014

    Hi Sue,
    Awesome post which contain very useful information about 4 ways to work your passion. Very interesting and informative article. I liked it. I hope it will help me. Great points included in the post. Thanks for sharing views. Have a great week ahead. Please maintaining your blog.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-05-2014

      Rahul, thanks for your comment. The last is the most important. Start noticing the good and things begin looking up immediatley!

  2. Meredith WoutersMeredith Wouters11-26-2014

    I love #4! We should celebrate a LOT more often. Otherwise, why do what you’re doing? Great tips for loving what you do.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-01-2014

      You’re the joyful type, I see. As a creator, you are tuned in to the celebration, and that’s a wonderful thing for everyone around you.

  3. Sue — letting go of the past is so important. You’re a different person than you were then. Changing course in your life doesn’t imply failure — it just means that our passions are different and can be even better. We’ve also got to stop comparing ourselves to others and finding ourselves lacking. So let’s celebrate ourselves!
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-01-2014

      You are so right. Comparing ourselves to either the past or others can occasionally be helpful, but the most important thing is looking at here and now: “Am I doing what is right for me now?” is a good question, but your comment, “Do something” really hits the nail on the head.

  4. Susan CooperSusan Cooper11-26-2014

    Hi Sue. I really like that post. Particularly the saying “Mistakes are simply things that did not turn as out we had hoped.” and to look for lots of little wins every day. Great advice. 🙂

    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-01-2014

      Susan, thank you. It’s gratifying to know that what one writes is landing well – that there are people out there with whom it resonates. It’s like your sharing a good wine with someone who appreciates it so much they go out and buy it!

  5. JayJay11-26-2014

    This is great information. I have gotten so busy over the last few months that I have not been able to write any new articles. I am about to step back up to posting new articles every week like when i first started my blog. Thank you
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-01-2014

      Glad to hear it Jay. For one reason or another, we all take a step back from time to time. I have done exactly that in the past week. It’s good to hear that you’re back on track!

  6. Jacqueline GumJacqueline Gum11-26-2014

    This comes at a good time for me. I’ve been lagging, or rather my passion has:) So it is time for me to focus on the future, as you say. I appreciate the nudge:)
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines12-01-2014

      Jacqueline, it’s awesome to see the impact of one’s writing. We all aim to inspire and nudge one another. Glad to have been able to tickle the part of you that is awake and ready to respond!

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