Recognizing and Accepting Passion

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“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Recognizing accepting your passion is sometimes difficult. It requires careful analysis of how you live your life and what values you live by. It also requires you to develop a belief in yourself and your talents.  I cannot, however, stress the importance of have true passion in your life enough – your personal break-throughs in life will happen when you recognize and accept your passions.

Recognizing Passion

I’ve had the heart of an entrepreneur since I was a young girl. My father was a radio artist my whole life, and because of his influence, I followed in his footsteps. For seven years, I ran a radio spot called “Solutions For Families.” It was 2 hours a day, 5 days a week of pure, teaching content regarding how families can support one another and how they can remain strong. I proceeded to write my first book at 27 years old in an effort to assist families in the state of Washington, where I was living at the time. I continued to create books and CDs and DVDs, and it didn’t take me long to recognize that I didn’t have to wait for anybody.  I had the ability to create my own future through the expertise I had gained. It was at that point in my life – through constantly practicing and working at my craft –  that I recognized what my overall passion was: using my heart and knowledge to change other people’s lives. From that point on, my life changed. My work changed.

Accepting Your Passion

Now I must mention the greatest killer of passion. Doubt. Doubt is truly the antithesis of Passion. Passion allows you to do anything you’ve ever dreamed of, while doubt sucks the life and the joy that you find in those same dreams and aspirations.

Here are some examples of damaging, doubtful thoughts:

  • “I don’t think I can do that.”
  • “I’ll never get through this – there’s too much to do.”
  • “If I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all!”
  • “Yep – I knew it! Just when things were starting to go well, this had to happen.”

In contrast, here are some examples of positive thoughts, the kinds that inspire passion:

  • “What could I do to make myself feel happier right now?”
  • “What can I learn from this that will make me a better person?”
  • “Who can I help today?”
  • “Who loves me? Who are the people I love most in the world?”

Can you see how these last thoughts are so much more empowering than the first? Can you see why thinking negatively detracts so heavily from your ability to accept your greatness? When you allow yourself to focus on positive things, you keep our head in the game. You allow yourself to once again focus on why you are doing that something that you love rather that dwelling on all of the reasons why you shouldn’t or couldn’t be doing that something. In essence, you are accepting your right to succeed in what you desire to do every time you focus your energy on creating positive thoughts.

I hope that you realize that you are an AMAZING person. You have talents and gifts that need to be shared. Finding and recognizing that passionate drive within you will help you share with and serve others. Don’t let doubt kill your passions! Reach for them. Go for them. Strive to realize them with all that you have!

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Dr. Paula Fellingham

Dr. Paula Fellingham is the Founder and CEO of The Women's Information Network (The WIN). You can find her on Google+Facebook, and Twitter. Paula’s life work and mission is to serve the women and families of the world through her teaching and her humanitarian work.

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