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Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Blog, The Power of "P" | 14 comments

Passion plays a vital role in our lives. It invigorates us, inspires us, and identifies our goals.

Passion has been defined as a powerful emotion, a boundless enthusiasm, excitement, fervor, fire, zeal, and a boundless intensity. For centuries artists, authors, and lovers have attempted to define, diffuse, and display it. Most of us can agree on one thing – it is a driving motivation, often uncontrollable, uncontainable, and unmanageable.

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.  

Ray Bradbury

You have to find your passion, and then follow it. Listen to your heart.

  • Find a quiet place to slow down, relax, meditate
  • Listen to your heart, focus on what touches you, excites you, inspires you
  • Explore those things that interest you, drive you, stimulate you
  • Think about those things that you like to do, talk about, think about
  • Recall the dreams and the desires of your youth
  • Make a list of 5 things that you want
  • Make a list of 5 things you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail
  • Make a list of 5 things you are good at
  • What would you do to make a better life for yourself, for others
  • What would you regret never having done, accomplished

What are the things that you can’t get out of your head? The ones that nag at you? Creep up into your subconscious and demand to be heard, recognized, and validated?

Ponder these things. Examine and explore your possibilities. Find your driving force. Your purpose. Your passion. Then go for it!

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957) Greek writer


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  1. Susan

    Super thoughts, Ann. This will help me rethink some of what I am pursuing…

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Thank you, Susan. I am glad that you will find it helpful in your journey. I often have to rethink and reevaluate my own pursuits. Thanks for following!

  2. Delphine

    Thought provoking. The good thing about finding your passion(s) in life is that you don’t have to excel at what your passionate about. Just believe in yourself and believe in what gives you a sense of purpose.

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Thanks, Delphine! You are right – believing in yourself and following your heart is what it is all about. Stepping out and standing out!

  3. Delphine

    I needed to edit but couldn’t figure out how. “your passionate about.” should be “you’re passionate about.” !!

  4. Yolanda Salitrero

    It has been really interesting that in our Failure Project we are all still searching for our passion. This is very timely. Thanks Ann

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Thank you, Yolanda. Your SC Failure Project is inspiring. The search for our passion – our purpose – is so important. Sometimes I think seeking is my passion!

  5. Linda Andersen

    I loved reading about following your passion and about how your time with a student Junior agent and your pursuit to learn more about the FBI led to book publication. You had the passion and the drive to see it through. What unique and wonderful experiences you have had. Thanks for sharing. I wish you continued success.

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Thank you, Linda, I have been truly blessed with opportunity to pursue my passion. Please read my blog about my visit to the FBI Academy and FBI headquarters in the near future. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Carol Baldwin

    It is all about passion. If we’re not passionate about what we’re writing about–no one else will be either! ANd, if we lack passion in our lives, we often lack purpose.

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Carol, you are absolutely right! If we cannot love our subject, it will definitely show. And I agree – there is a direct link from passion to purpose.

  7. Laura Boffa

    Thanks for this post! It’s funny how easy it is to forget about our passions. I went through your list of suggestions as a writing exercise and it was a wonderful way to remind myself of what is truly important to me and evaluate how I am spending my time.

    • Ann Eisenstein

      Laura, I am happy that you were able to use my suggestions and spend some time with yourself and your passions!

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