How do you have a passion for what you do and also remain motivated through any difficult or mundane times? Sometimes we find that what we may dream of doing and love to do is hampered by life’s happenings and having to do other things outside of our passion. There are different ways to keep you both motivated and passionate.
What is it to be passionate and have motivation?
Passion encompasses a real joy and love for what you do. It can make you feel alive. Also to have that place of “this is what I will dedicate my life to”. Being passionate can make for an interesting and a life full of energy. Passion in itself per an article “How passion for your job can lead to Success” stresses that whether it is drive, motivation or zeal it comes from within. Lacking passion in your work and your life can make how you approach what you do a real drudgery at worst and without inspiration and a bit flat at best. The aim is to do whatever you find at hand with passion as cited in this quote from
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
The street sweeper was “highly” motivated but let it be noted that it was internal as noted above. As Wikipedia comments “Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation comes from within the individual.” While passion is for the love of what you do – motivation is the basic reason why. Motivation can keep you committed to work or to keep goals. It may be because you want to get ahead or you want to help people and a variety of other life reasons.
Of note – If you are passionate about what you do, it will not be so difficult to be motivated.
Finding your passion
Sometimes when young you may have had a “feel-good” experience with the certain action of someone or when doing a certain activity. This may or may not hold the key to finding your passion. This may give you some things you like doing – but could lead you up the wrong path when working to find out what you are passionate about.
You won’t find your passion by not doing anything. You need to go out and experience life. All different types of experiences. Mix with different people and listen to their experiences and even go outside your comfort zone on occasion. Research lots of topics, go online and watch videos and see what resonates with you and what doesn’t. Consider short courses and make friends with those who have more knowledge than you.
The answer will be tied up in exploration. How far that takes you is entirely up to you. Push your borders and you might find you end up in a realm you did not think you would be passionate about. Life is like that!
Ways to keep you motivated and passionate
Remember why you first started. If you find that you started for a different reason than where you are now and did not have a love and passion for what you are doing – re-consider your direction. Do take into account your skills or whether can you work towards up-skilling. Remain teachable. Consider also do you whether you have a worthwhile and do-able dream? Also consider networking and the possibilities of mixing with other people – not necessarily like-minded.
When we are children we do activities because they are “fun”. Things change as time goes on. Cleaning our room and tidying up lose their “shine” as we get older. But one can implement enjoying a job well done into our life. So with business – there are mundane jobs to be accomplished. If we can’t out-source (but it is possible to consider doing this) we need to look at the challenge of having a job completed. Starting it in steps and pacing it out bit by bit is helpful here. (Simplify things where possible and take stock of where some things you don’t need to do.) A challenge of completing a task can be fun and enjoyable – just look at the “end product”. Another point is in a faith-filled journey per the quote above by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Be inspired. Do that job (no matter what it may be)- so it’s the best you can do!
Remember you can forget that you are unique and have value. There is a lot you can contribute – even in small things. Don’t put yourself down or forget this. This can help you regain your passion and motivation.Plus it can be a jumping off point before you change direction too.
Believe you can reach your goals (God willing). Sometimes goals change. There are 3 answers to prayer I believe. Yes, not now and I’ve got something better. So don’t sell yourself short – aim high and believe that all good goals can be achieved or changed to still meet expectations. Perseverance is key. Be challenged!
Don’t forget to have time out. I’m a big proponent of having 52 days off per year. That’s one day per week. To spend time away from work and out in nature (weather permitting) and with family and/or friends and meeting with those of like beliefs. This gives you a boost. But it’s not only having 1 day off per week – but making time each day for personal development, your faith and time out for community projects. Doing this pays dividends. Try it!
Look at your achievements and where you have come on your journey. Do not focus just on what you haven’t achieved. Be aware that sometimes some activities are learning curves till we go onto our next step. You’ve got this!
I know it may be difficult at times, but don’t focus on what others may do ie “they are better than me”. There will always be someone better at what you do or not as good. Take it in your stride. Don’t compare!- and you won’t get discouraged.
Be around your ‘cheer squad! Those who celebrate with you and have positive input for you. You can have an accountability buddy too. I have a group that has a focus on Business and Home where you can find like-minded people who have similar issues you may encounter yet maybe talented or skilled in different areas. It’s amazing when you are around positive-minded people how you can become more motivated and passionate about what your goals and direction are.
I remember reading the story of a daughter who was given the best gift she said of all. That her father believed in her. I pray that you too have someone or find someone that believes in You.
I hope this has motivated you in some ways to think differently.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. As noted you will find a variety of topics covered (see Home page) My appreciation goes to my team and others whom I collaborate with to make this blog successful and resourceful. Thanks especially to my team: Sarah, Tina, and Billah (See footer for more of their details)