Imagine, if you didn’t dread going to work. Imagine that you finish vacation thinking to yourself, “this was fun, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my work.” Passionate people don’t dread their work; they revel in it. They don’t find excuses to leave early; they want to get more done.
Most people I know don’t find their work passionate. They have moments when they enjoy what they do. Increasingly, passionate work time is taken up by things that numb someone’s mind, deplete his or her energy. The good news is that your soul knows your passion, and you can add more of it to your life. Here are Dr. Steve’s recommendations for working with greater passion:
Pay attention to your heart. Your heart wants you to be in the center of the action. So pay attention to the message from your heart – where are you drawn to work? What do you dream of doing? You might begin an inner dialog with your heart; ask how you can do more of what energizes you.
Remember your dreams of youth. Many years ago, you knew what you wanted to do. Return to your dreams, have confidence that you already know what you need, and that your childhood dreams can send you in the direction that brings you power and happiness. Try writing or art to help you find the power that may be residing in the land of your dreams. Reclaim what is yours.
Watch your daydreams. Just like the dreams of your youth, your daydreams can point you to the land where your passions are vivid and unforgettable. We need our daydreams as a way to access our inner guide. Join your waking mind with an intention to choose your passions. Your daydreams simply suggest the direction.
Notice what work comes easiest to you. You have an extra surge of energy when you are doing work in your passionate interest area. Begin to discern between modest differences in the type of work you handle.
Steve Broe is an executive coach and author. He lives in Scottsdale Arizona. He answers the question, “How does leadership help people become successful?” in his new book, Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus, now available on Amazon.