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I remember countless tears, nights spent questioning everything about my life, moments of panic as I realized how far off course I was, and moments of debilitating terror as I simultaneously realized I had no idea what “on course” actually was.
I just knew I was lost.
Doing the wrong work.
Lacking passion and purpose.
Living a life that wasn’t for me.
Swimming in fear, doubt and confusion.
All I knew was I wanted to make a difference in this world and that I was meant for something more. I tried to take the life I’d built and cram it into the few things I did know… I tried to make a design business that didn’t light me up have meaning and purpose. I tried to convince myself that I was doing work that made a difference. I tried so hard to avoid admitting that I was as far off course as I was.
But the fact remained, there’s only one way to find your purpose and passion, and only one way to build a life and career/business you love.
You have to get honest with yourself. Really, truly honest.
What I’ve learned in this life is that we always know who we’re here to be and the work we’re meant to do. We know what we’re passionate about and we know our purpose. It’s imprinted in the fibers of our being and written in our soul.
The problem isn’t “finding” our passion or purpose, it’s uncovering it. It’s digging deep below the have to dos, should dos, external expectations, pressures of society, limiting beliefs and getting really honest.
Getting honest isn’t as simple or easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in this life. Because oftentimes getting honest means admitting that you’ve built a life, career, relationship or business that doesn’t really serve you. You’ve poured time and energy into something that doesn’t light you up and fulfill you on all levels. You’ve abandoned your truth, neglected to set boundaries, or followed a path someone else set for you despite the fact it wasn’t what you wanted.
None of this is easy to admit, even to ourselves. Even in the private pages of our journals or in the whispers of our soul. Even the idea of letting these truths surface is so terrifying that many of us work as hard as we can to avoid getting still. Because when we’re still, we’re quiet… and when we’re quiet, all there is to hear is our soul speak.
Our souls never lead us astray, ever.
Our souls are nothing but honest with us.
They tell us exactly what we don’t want to hear.
But they also tell us exactly what we need to hear.
They tell us to leave when a relationship is wrong. They tell us to shift when a job or business isn’t fulfilling. They tell us to explore and experiment with random things that will give us the lessons and experiences we need to grow. They tell us to leap when all rational signs say to stay put, and they tell us to change when all logic says things are perfectly fine. Our souls push us in ways we’re just not comfortable with.
So we bury our truth, fall in line, and continue building lives that we don’t love. Simply because we’re scared to admit that we might want something different.
My challenge to you is to get still and quiet. Meditate, pray, or go for a walk without your phone, music or any other distraction. Give yourself the time and space to be with your soul in silence. Allow your truth to start surfacing… because as much as you may wish there’s a magic pill, worksheet or finger snap that will make you suddenly love your life without having to get uncomfortable, it’s not going to happen.
I’ve had many uncomfortable and hard conversations since I started this journey. I’ve left jobs and relationships, learned to stand firm in my beliefs and boundaries, and had to voice my truth and desires in situations where it would’ve been easier to stay quiet. I’ve made massive changes to myself, my relationships, my business and my life… all because I got still, heard my soul speak, and honored it.
I’ve never regretted a single shift I’ve made while honoring my truth. Not one.
And I promise you won’t either.
So if you’re looking to find your passion and build a life you love around it, today’s the day. Click here to access my free video training series, Pinpoint Your Passion, and get really honest with yourself as you work through the exercises. Get quiet and still, and see what comes up for you. Don’t avoid it, try to stuff it down, or ignore it because it makes you uncomfortable. Take the first step and just allow it to surface. Honor it’s presence by hearing and sitting with it.
You owe it to yourself.
And if you’re ready to build a business around what you know you’re here to do, I invite you to join my in my new program, Your Passion-Based Business starting Monday, April 14th. Everything you need to build a business around your passion, in just 12 weeks.
Stephenie Zamora is the founder of www.stepheniezamora.com, a full-service, life-purpose development, design and branding boutique. Through her Mastery program, she merges the worlds of personal development and branding to help men and women build passion-based lives and businesses they love. Click here to access her free Foundations for Unshakable Joy™ video training series and learn the unexpected trick to transforming your life with one single question!
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I am passionate about social media. I’m passionate about helping small businesses. I’m passionate about playing with my wife and kids. I’m passionate about watching baseball, and playing tennis. I’m passionate about writing and reading. Heck, I’m passionate about passion.
Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life the fullest extent possible.
Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success and happiness that allows us all to live better lives.
I’m also passionate about quotes, and the power of quotes to inspire people. So, I thought I’d share my favorite quotes about passion with you. I share quotes like these with my team all the time. May these quotes inspire you to live a better life, and may they inspire those you share them with as well.
1. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
2. “There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
3. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo
4. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
5. “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” – Benjamin Franklin
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6. “We must act out passion before we can feel it.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
7. “It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.” – T. S. Eliot
8. “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” – Jon Bon Jovi
9. “You can’t fake passion.” – Barbara Corcoran
10. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs
11. “Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” – Deepak Chopra
12. “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” – Wanda Skyes
13. “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” – Mia Hamm
14. It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. – Rebecca West
My personal favorite quote on passion is from a man who clearly had way more talent than he claims in the quote:
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein
What are you passionate about? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section below.