1. Your passion is NOT your occupation.
Your occupation is merely the source through which you choose to execute your passion.
2. Your passion is the WHY you do something and/or the WHY you want to do something.
The best way to describe passion is to characterize it as the why you do something. Why are you a doctor? To help others. To heal people. Why do you want to become teacher? To teach people. To pass on knowledge. Why are you a comedian? To make people laugh. To entertain people. The answer to the ‘why’ is your passion.
3. You don’t follow your passion. Your passion doesn’t follow you. Your passion is ingrained in you to FUEL, ENERGIZE and MOTIVATE you.
4. Your passion does not have a time. Your passion does not have a location.
Your passion to make people laugh will not be confined to the hours of your stand up comedy. Your passion to help people will motivate you to give to the poor, no matter the hour. Your passion to teach people would not be used only when you are in the classroom but whenever someone needs it.
5. Your passion is not always inborn, it can be birthed.
Pain and tribulations can birth passion. When someone has been bullied for most of their childhood, that pain can birth their passion to help people. When someone has suffered because a family member died of cancer (or any other disease), that pain can birth their passion to help people in similar situations.
6. Your passion will NOT conflict with your strengths. Your goals will.
That’s what your goals are; they are there to stretch you to a point where you have never been before. That confliction is not from your passion but from your goals.
7. Often times, your passion lies within you merely awaiting your recognition of it.
8. Goals change, your passion doesn’t.
As you grow and mature, your goals WILL change. Your passion, however, is NOT your goal nor is it your occupation so when your goals do change don’t be distraught. Your passion is still there but you are simply interested in another way to execute that passion.
9. Identify your weakness before you set your occupation as your goal.
If you want to become a doctor, identify the doubts in your mind; identify your weaknesses first. If it’s science, you know beforehand that you are going to need to dedicate more work on science to a point where it is not a weakness anymore. Your weakness, if not identified and corrected, can cripple your goal.
And if/when your goals do change it won’t be because of your weakness.
10. Your passion cannot be something you have not ever experienced.
How are you going to say passion is to become a doctor when you’re twenty years old and have never been a doctor? Your goal is to become a doctor, your passion is to help others.
11. Distinguishing between passion and goals is vital.
If you don’t distinguish between your passions and goals, it can hurt you for when you claim your goal is your passion and your goals change or you’re no longer interested in that goal, you will be lost and distraught about what to do with your life. When you realize your passion is different to your goals, when your goals do change you can accept it and realize that IT IS OKAY for that goal was just ONE OF MANY WAYS you could have chosen to execute your passion.
12. Your passion can be executed in many ways. Don’t marginalize yourself.
If your passion is to help others then decide how you want to do it. You can be a doctor, mentor, writer, and a motivational speaker. You can do it all; don’t marginalize yourself and don’t constrain your passion.
13. Your passion must consume you for your goals to direct you.
You need enough drive and motivation to complete your goals. Your passion provides that drive, it fuels you.
14. Your passions FUEL you. Your goals DIRECT you.