“Live with passion.” ~ Anthony Robbins
Are you living your life with passion? Passion is the thing that turns life from mediocre to dynamic and it is also the thing that is missing from too many lives. Our lives are surrounded by negative influences and if we allow those negative influences to infiltrate our lives, our passion for life will be destroyed.
Fear is certainly the number one passion killer. Fear keeps people in bad relationships and keeps them from living their dreams. Fear of being alone or of failing can be like an anchor keeping you from sailing away to freedom and a better life. It is because of fear that so many people “settle” for what they have even though their lives are intended to be rich and full. Fear also leads to other passion killers such as self-doubt.
For some unexplained reason, we tend to place more credibility in others than we do in ourselves. We value the opinions of others, although those we place our confidence in are also filled with self-doubt. Their lives are a mess and yet we value their opinions. They are also living lives completely void of passion and have long given up on what dreams they may have had. I once read that the cemetery is filled with unwritten books and songs and unlived dreams due to self-doubt. Don’t live your life doubting the abilities God gave you and don’t let self-doubt lead you to the next big passion killer, unworthiness.
It’s amazing how many people feel guilty about success and undeserving of happiness. They feel guilty about pursuing their passions in life. Everyone has faults and everyone has failed and we are intimately familiar with our own faults and failures. For this reason, it’s easy to allow an occasional mistake or a minor character flaw to keep us from reaching for our full potential and exercising our abilities to the fullest. The irony is, nothing will take you beyond your faults and failures faster and more completely than doing something you are truly passionate about. Don’t focus on what you used to be. Focus on what you can be.
There is one other thing that I think limits people from living with passion more than anything else and that thing is comfort. Too many people reach a certain level of success in life and to take a chance on doing things they are passionate about means putting that current level of success at risk. In other words, they say to themselves, “This will do” or “I’m okay with what I have.” It’s like they set out to climb a mountain but once they reached the tree line they said, “I made it this far. That’s enough.” That’s not enough! Nothing else in the world will ever replace that feeling of standing on top of that mountain and knowing you made it! Keep going! You can do it!
What’s that thing in life that you are truly passionate about and which one of these dream-killers is keeping you from living that passion and what will you do today to change it?
- What have you always wanted to do but haven’t been able to start? (personalpower4me.wordpress.com)
- Dreams: Who’s Directing Your Life? (mediumsworld.wordpress.com)
- 5 Simple Ways to Take Action and Do What You Love (dumblittleman.com)
- follow your passions (enterthefray.wordpress.com)
- Where regrets live and passion is buried (belleranis.wordpress.com)
Monty Rainey is a District Manager with over 14 years in the self storage industry currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .