“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Last week I took my daughter and her friends to see the latest Peter Rabbit movie.
It was her 7th birthday. The girls had a wild time – eating popcorn and gossiping. I think they enjoyed the movie too.
I didn’t eat popcorn or gossip. But I did take something away from the movie. Something important.
What moved me was Bea’s character.
Bea is the female lead in the movie. She lives in a cottage nestled in the English countryside.
Bea loves to paint. She loses herself in her art. Painting is her passion.
But here’s the thing – Bea’s art is horrible.
All except for her rabbit illustrations. Her detailed creations bring the rabbits to life.
Two things struck me about Bea’s character. First, she’s pursuing her passion – regardless of what others think. Second, her passion eventually leads to remarkable results.
Bea is, of course, loosely based on Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated dozens of books that have charmed generations.
(Side note: I was interested to learn that Beatrix Potter self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit after being rejected by traditional publishers. She didn’t wait for “approval” before sharing her work.)
Beatrix Potter became a wealthy woman. On passing, she left fifteen farms and over four thousand acres of land to the National Trust.
Her passion led her to fulfill her purpose. She left a lasting legacy for the world to enjoy.
Which brings me to you. Are you pursuing your passion?
Your Passion Leads to Your Purpose
Bea was passionate about painting. And this led her to create great work.
Pursuing your passion is about using your gifts. Spending time in your sweet spot. Doing more of what you’re designed to do.
Research shows that people who use their strengths experience greater subjective well-being (a psychology term that roughly translates as happiness).
This alone, is a good argument for pursuing your passion. Who doesn’t want to be happier?
But the real magic happens when you make your passion about others. This is when you shift from doing something you love to living your purpose.
So, when you pursue a passion, I encourage you to think about how you can share it with other people.
… if you write, think about who you can write for…
… if you create art, think about who would benefit from your art…
… if you teach, think about who can learn from you…
… if you connect with people, think about who you can connect with…
… if you speak, think about who needs to hear what you have to say.
Your passion is your unique gift. And when you make it about other people you find your purpose.
You get paid to do something you love while making a difference in the world.
What If You Don’t Have A Passion
You may be thinking you don’t have a passion. Or, if you’re like me, you know you’re meant to do more but you’re not sure exactly what.
If this is you, I have a simple solution for you…
… start doing something. Anything.
Clarity comes from action. By experimenting and engaging with the world you discover what only you can do.
Pick one thing that sparks your interest. If you’re stuck, think about the following questions:
What types of books do you read?
What documentaries do you watch?
What did you love doing as a child?
When did you last lose yourself in an activity, what were you doing?
What would you do even if nobody paid you?
Choose one activity and pursue it with all your heart. Take a class. Create something. Start small and see where it leads.
If that doesn’t work, try something else.
You’re unlikely to wake up one day and know exactly what it is you’re meant to do.
But by using your gifts, you’ll get feedback from the world. And each step will move you closer to finding your purpose.
Go Find Your Purpose
Now, go act on your ideas.
There’s only one you. So, please don’t waste your gifts. Express them and help make the world a better place.
Ready to pursue your passion? Download the free Passion Challenge workbook below and get started today.