Should I do what I love to do?- Part I

31, Jan, 2012, by Seema Bhatnagar

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs

This is a quote which really sparks a thought inside, at least once it really makes you to think about what do you love to do. Are you really loving what you are doing right now, be it a job, business or whatever you are busy right now into? Is your work really inspiring and motivating you enough? When you wake up in the morning, do you really look forward for the day to experience excitement at work? Do you have enough freedom at work? Does your work incites your creativity and gives you enough challenges? Do you question yourself everyday why am I going for work and for how long I will continue like this?

If you have honestly answered to above questions and majority of them are NO except the last one, then do not feel bad about it, you are not the only one, a recent study reported that as many as 80% of the people in the workforce don't enjoy their job and nearly 75% don't know their true passion. Isn't it an amazing fact? How many of us get the opportunity to work on what we love, in fact we simply work on what is given to us and we accept it as our destiny and continue living that for the rest of our life.

man with his passion

Many people do not know even what does passion means, forget living it. I do not find it surprising because right from the childhood we are appreciated for complying to a system whether it is an educational system at school or obedience system at home. Every time we show our compliance, we are appreciated and rewarded generously and that little inner voice which prompts to do something of personal choice get suppressed over the period of time and it becomes silent until there is a high level of boredom and anxiety builds up inside. I do not want to convey that discipline is bad for life but there has to be some way through which we feel at liberty to express our true self. Sometimes, there are tasks which we really love to do but the fear of failure, criticism, mockery by others makes us to shun those thoughts and we continue living our life of mediocrity. When I say mediocrity, I mean, the average output lacking excellence.

What is your passion?

Time and circumstances of life makes us to forget that we all are unique and that also means this uniqueness makes us to love different things. The job which everybody loves may not be your love at all. Our genes, experiences of life, exposure, upbringing and environment, all plays a significant role in shaping our uniqueness. As a child, we all loved to do things which gave us maximum happiness but as we grew we became more concerned about external approvals and acceptances than our inner happiness about loving our actions and work. Well, we all have something in particular which we love to do, which incites energy and excitement in us but somehow we fail to recognize that.

Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping waiting and though unwanted unbidden it will stir open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us guides us passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love the clarity of hatred and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace but we would be hollow Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead." - Joss Whedon, Screenwriter and Director

This quote beautifully defines what passion is. Passion is that excitement, zeal, enthusiasm and fervour or that inner force which propels us in a chosen direction effortlessly. It constantly provides abundant energy. You would find that people, who live their passion, work effortlessly without feeling any anxiety, anger, depression or boredom. They have no time to spend on other things except on their passion.

Before we go ahead, count as many as people you know who according to you are passionate about their work? What is that common quality in all those people because of which you consider them passionate?

Now, you may ask yourself, "Am I really living my passion or what is my passion?" Following are some questions which may guide you on this journey of finding your passion:

  1. What is that task/activity which makes me to lose track of time?
  2. What is that task/activity which I do effortlessly and with excellence?
  3. What is that task/activity which incites energy and excitement in me?
  4. What is that task/activity for which I was appreciated many a times by my friends/boss/peers?
  5. What is that task/activity which I used to enjoy in my childhood but stopped doing it because of time pressure and other priorities in life?
  6. What is that task/activity which I am ready to do any time?
  7. What do I appreciate in others most of the times?
  8. What type of magazine, articles or any reading material do I read given a choice?
  9. Why am I feeling bored in this job what is that particular aspect which is making me to hate this job?
  10. What is that task/activity which I do without even being asked to do?

Are you living your passion?

People who live without passion are those people who lack energy, motivation and enthusiasm. They have a feeling of inadequacy in themselves and live a very shallow life. They constantly experience anxiety, anger, and external approvals and are unable to show excellence in their work. They come to work and go without making much difference and sometimes feel jealous of others who work passionately.
Probably, right now, you are in a situation, when you are not living your passion? That is absolutely alright and there is nothing to feel bad about it, but you may very well take a first step and start working on finding your passion. Please do not expect that your passion will be revealed to you if you answered all the 10 questions mentioned above, it is a slow process and your constant attention towards yourself will only help you. The time will come when you will be able to find and live your passion.
I have met many people who are in 9-5 jobs but they do not love their jobs and want to do something new in life of their own choice but the sheer fear of failure, insecurity and criticism stops them from taking any action and they continue to live in a comfort zone, a life that promise a security of monthly income, approvals and acceptance from others.

If you have some faintest idea in your mind which you feel passionate about then you must go ahead and work on it otherwise it will remain forever inside you and will never see the light and you will keep living life of mediocrity. Any great work, discovery, business or success starts with a simple idea and if this idea is left unattended then our society will never get to see the great work and great people. Help yourself to invoke the greatness inside you.

If you are successful in finding your passion then your life will never remain same, you will experience a high level of energy and enthusiasm and will be willing to take risk. Remember, there is a risk and reward for each choice you make in your life. Your present is because of the choices you made in the past and so logically the future will be about what choices you are making today.

In the next post (Part II of this series) we will discuss, how you can go about living your passion?
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Seema Bhatnagar
, Blogger, Writer, Life Coach and Founder of Abundance Thinkers, site for personal growth and development. Empowering people in achieving and living the best of personal potential.

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