Episode 11: Passion

In this week’s blog, we will be diving into the Nomad Minute episode 11 entitled “Passion.”

Never give in to an average existence of passionless living.

Colorless dreams become vibrant visions when viewed through the perspective of a discovered passion.

My passion is running. It’s a love/hate relationship, but I can’t go a day without doing it, studying it, thinking about it, or dreaming of all the places I want to do it.

Motivation to do something and a passion to live something is a remarkable chasm to cross.

Motivation may get me off my ass to go run but when the cold brisk air of pre-dawn hours hits me in the face, my passion for running will get me out the door to knock down the miles. Passion is the step of being versus doing. As my friend David Goggins, a U.S. Navy SEAL, would say, it’s living beyond motivated.

What is it that you want to go ALL IN on? Search your imagination over. Your imagination, the seat of creativity, can enhance your ability to discover your passion.

Those who lack the ability to visualize passion, lack the bare necessity to pursue it. If you don’t think you can live passionately for something, you won’t.

What is your passion?

Take a piece of paper out and answer these questions with free association mind dump. Set a timer for five minutes, then simply write everything that comes to mind without pretense or pause to edit.

What makes you completely happy, fulfilled, and motivated?
What are you invested in completely and invigorated by emotionally?
What single effort/executable or interest causes you to focus completely and endlessly?

Now look at the list generated from the above three questions. Take a different color pen and start eliminating in order of least important to most important.

Consider things that are limited by current state or season of life. Consider eliminating the things that are limited because of budget. For example, I love skydiving, but the fact that I am limited by the cost of each jump would limit me to jumping only a couple times a month.

Distinguish between hobbies and hungers. For example, I love people-watching in San Francisco or other large cities. However, sipping coffee and watching people is a hobby, not a hunger that I would give my life’s minimal discretionary time to.

Lastly, when you have narrowed your list to just three or four remaining items, narrow it down to just one. It will be hard, but what is the one that you just don’t have the heart to cross off? Circle that one.

Now vet it against these final focus filters:

Would or could you do this regardless of EXTERNAL CONDITIONS?
“I don’t care how cold or hot it is, today I am going to ______________________!”
Do you lock in on this activity regardless of EXTERNAL DISTRACTIONS?
“When I am __________________, it doesn’t matter what is going on around me. I am locked in for endless amounts of time.”
Regardless of INTERNAL EMOTIONS, are you consistent in this chosen activity?
“It doesn’t matter if I am happy or sad, I can always find the time and energy to ______________________.”

The good news is that you do not have to be born with passion. Passions are learned and discovered.

You don’t get it by wishing, staring, thinking or hoping. You don’t get it that easy. Passions are discovered by working your ass off every single day to discover it and then demanding it to yield to you.

The greatest fulfillment in life is when you can discover your passion and then find a way to get paid to do it every single day.