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The MONTHLY Motivator - September 2014

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The power of passion

Passion is highly misunderstood. Most people think that there are certain things they’re naturally passionate about, and in order to live passionately they must have those certain specific things in their lives. The truth is, passion is not nearly so confined. In fact, you can put the power of passion into just about anything. Passion does not come from what you’re doing. It comes from you. That’s a key point to understand, and when you grasp its truth, your level of effectiveness skyrockets.

You don’t need for anything to make you passionate. You already have everything necessary to live, work, act and speak with passion. All that’s necessary is for you to make the choice. It’s really a very simple choice, and yet it can be difficult. That’s because, for a variety of reasons, you can choose to avoid or reject that choice.

What is passion, anyway? True passion is an intense desire that exists in every part of your being. That’s what makes it so powerful. That’s also what makes it so difficult to choose. Passion is a major commitment. When you’re authentically passionate, you are giving the whole of yourself over to whomever or whatever you’re passionate about. It is extremely powerful, and yet it can make you extremely vulnerable. Passion opens you up to being hurt, or disappointed, or worse.

So how do you get around that? Actually, you don’t. If you’re going to live with passion, then you will necessarily be exposing yourself to some degree. It comes with the territory. You can’t avoid the vulnerability because it is what gives your passion so much energy. What you can do, however, is choose to accept that vulnerability.


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