I recently had a Skype conversation with someone so passionate, I could feel it oozing out of the computer and running all over my desk. His excitement and passion were infectious.
I was interviewed by this young blogger who has found his passion for writing, coaching, and teaching about passion and purpose. Before the interview he said, "I'm so excited about what I'm doing, I can't sleep at night."
His face is lit up from within with his energy for his work.
How amazing to figure out your passion when you're still in your 20's, before life steals away too much of your time, energy, and enthusiasm.
Have you ever encountered someone who exudes this aura of enthusiasm and purpose?
Their entire demeanor reveals they have something really cool going on in their life. They are up to something special. And they are joyful, energized, and simply fun to be around.
I'm describing people who have found their passion and figured out how to make it part of their daily lives, through their work or otherwise. They have found that "thing" that lights them from the inside out like my blogger friend and puts them in the flow of intense focus and engagement. They have rearranged their life priorities so that passion has a starring role.
Life passion is often expressed through one's work -- but it doesn't have to be. Many people experience their passion by . . .
enjoying a hobby
in a relationship
with a side-interest or business
Sometimes these endeavors have a way of turning into a career. It's amazing how passion creates opportunities and opens doors.
In fact, passion infuses all of your life with its joyful benefits -- not just the one endeavor. It's very similar to being in love. When you're with the person you love, everything else disappears and time stands still. Even when you're apart, the rest of your world is bright and sparkly. Everything seems better and easier.
This happens with a passion in life as well. A similar intensity, joy, and aliveness is experienced through one's passion. When one part of your life is so amazing, you won't settle for less in the other parts.
So how do these passionate people become so passionate?
What have they done to discover so much purpose and satisfaction in their lives?
In my work as a coach, I've observed first-hand the traits and choices of people who are living their passion. These are regular people with no extraordinary abilities beyond what most people possess -- ut they do have some interesting things in common.