W.I.N With Passion

Win with Passion

W.I.N.  With  Passion

“Positive thinking is powerful, but you can’t think your way to success. You have to burn your way there. Set yourself on fire with PASSION and pursue what makes you feel alive.”  (Billy Alsbrooks)

W.I.N with Passion: Why Passion Matters, Identify Your Passions, Never give up on your passions.

Why Passion Matters.

A. What is Passion?

           Passion is something that energizes or excites you.

B. Why Passion Matters.

  1. Passion energies you and fuels your success
  2. Passion gives you something to get excited about
  3. Passion improves your health
  4. Passion strengthens your confidence
  5. Passion inspires persistence

C. Speaking with Passion.

I have seen too many speeches given without passion. Regardless of how good the content or organization was, if it was not delivered with passion, it was hard to keep my interest and it did not move me. I rather see a poor speech given with passion than a good speech given without passion.

Marty Jalove,  (District 30, 2020 Humorous speech contest winner) said “The best speeches are filled with passion and delivered with passion”

Identify Your Passions – Make your list

A. Write down the things that energize you. Write down what excites you. What Fires you up? What makes you feel alive?

What profession would you do even if you didn’t get paid?

Who do you find yourself envious of and look at their life and think how awesome it would be if you did that? 

What causes and hobbies do you love and that brings you genuine happiness. What do you enjoy doing that doesn’t feel like work?

Your passions are the things that make you excited; you want to talk about it and you don’t mind putting a lot of time toward it.

Self-Assessment Questions:

(From Billy Alsbrooks “Blessed and Unstoppable”, Day 6, Follow Your Passion.)

What makes me feel alive on the inside?
What sparks my creativity?
What job of profession would I do whether I got paid or not?
What are some of my favorite topics of conversation?
What was the last thing I can remember doing that I totally lost track of time?
If Money wasn’t an issue, what profession or cause would I get involved in?
What’s my favorite section of the bookstore?
If I could do one thing to change the world today what would it be?
What would be my top three dream jobs?
If I could start my own business today what would it be?
What three skills do I possess that I love and enjoy to do?
What would I need to change in order to do my passion full time?
What’s the worse thing that could happen if I pursued my passion full speed?
Which is more important to me avoiding failure or living out my dream?

B. Forget about the reasons you think you can’t. – Write it down anyways

Don’t think you either can’t have it because you don’t think you’re smart enough or good enough or worthy enough or maybe you think you’re too old or you’ve told yourself you can’t make a living doing it or have a hard time thinking you could be successful doing it. If you did not care what anybody else thought, what would you be doing with your life? Don’t let concerns making a living stop you from putting something on your list. Ask yourself this, if you took money off the table, if you didn’t have to pay the bills doing it, what would you do with your life.

C. Author’s story about making his list.

It took some time to make the list and it was worth it. I had to really think about what I was interested it. Thinking in terms of what energizes me made it easier. The obstacles I had to overcome were to write things down that I wanted to do even though I don’t have the ability now or the belief that I could do it. I just needed to make the list. Then I did it a second time and the top 3 things on both lists were clear that those are the top things to pursue. For me it’s inspiring others, public speaking and trail running.

Never Give Up On Your Passions

Passions can change over time, as you pursue new passions, old ones may fade. Remember if you drains you or you dread doing it, it’s not a passion anymore, then it’s ok to quit.

If something energies or excites you, pursue it and don’t quit! Quitters never win, Winners never quit. Take time every day to learn and pursue your passions.

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.

Positive affirmation: “I commit today to moving towards my passion. Inside, I feel the most alive when I am passionately doing the things I love. Each day I will perfect my craft until I can do it full-time” (From Billy Alsrooks “Blessed and Unstoppable”, Day 6, Follow Your Passion)

 

Recap and Challenge

 W.I.N. With Passion:

Why Passion Matters – Passion will energize and excites you, it will drive you to success

Identify your Passions – Make your list

Never Give Up on your passions – Keep pursing your passions and WIN

I challenge you to W.I.N. with passion

 

 

 

The K.E.Y to Unlocking Your Passions

The K.E.Y to Unlocking Your Passions

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The Key Story.

I received a large envelope from a dear friend, inside was a letter and a key with a word engraved in it. I was thinking WHAT is this about?  Have you ever heard of a giving key or inspiration key? I did not until I got this letter.  It is basically a key that has a word on it that holds meaning for the person carrying it, then one day in the future you pass it on to someone who you think needs that in their life or you believe embodies that word. The letter went on to say that after watching my Ice Breaker speech; “Set Yourself on Fire”, she knew that I was the person who should have this key. Take guess at what is on the key. Believe it or not, it’s the word FIRE.

The KEY to unlocking your passions.

The K in the Key to unlocking your Passion is Know what passion is and is not.

Know what passion is and is not.

According to Mel Robbins, “Passion is not a person, place, or thing, it is the feeling of being energized.”

In other words: Passion is just energy, it is something you feel, passion is something that energizes you.

Let’s redefine passion as something that energizes or excites you.

The E in the Key to Unlocking your Passions is Explore your passions by making a list.

Explore your passions by making a list.

Your passions are inside of you, take some time, and explore these. Write down what energizes you. Write down what excites you. What Fires you up?  Use F.I.R.E to remember some guidelines when making your list.

  1. Forget the reasons you think you can’t. Don’t think you either can’t have it because you don’t think you’re smart enough or good enough or worthy enough or maybe you think you’re too old or you’ve told yourself you can’t make a living doing it or have a hard time thinking you could be successful doing it. If you did not care what anybody else thought, what would you be doing with your life?
  2. Income. Don’t let concerns making a living stop you from putting something on your list. Ask yourself this, if you took money off the table if you didn’t have to pay the bills doing it, what would you do with your life.
  3. Repeat making your list on another day without looking at your first list, then look at both lists for things that appear on each list.
  4. Envy. Who do you find yourself envious of and look at their life and think how awesome it would be if you did that.

The Y in the Key to unlocking your passions is Yearn for your passions.

 

Yearn for your passions

Have a strong desire to live out your passions and start pursuing them.

LIVE out your passions.

  1. Learn all you can – Make use of Google, YouTube, classes, and everything else you can find.
  2. Invest your time and money in pursuing your passions.
  3. Visit with others that are doing what you want to do.
  4. Exercise your passions through massive activity

Recap and Challenge

The K.E.Y to unlocking your passions is:

Know what passion is – simply something that energizes or excites you

Explore your passions – make your list

Yearn for your passions – have a strong desire to live out your passions by learning and doing.

My challenge to you is to get out your KEY and unlock your passions.

 

Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing

be kind

(A video version is available at https://youtu.be/iAtudR0IA-E)

We need to show and receive kindness now more than ever. The first point is going to explain the title and why I made this. Second, I will talk about showing kindness. Third, give you some kindness challenges.

Why this title and this post?

“Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing” and why I made it was inspired by one of my dear Extrovert friends. Awhile back I saw a Facebook post that read. “How about we call it “PHYSICAL” distancing versus “social” distancing? For those of us (extreme) extroverts ….  Friends strengthen our life lines. Check up on people. It’s all about connection & PHYSICAL, NOT social distancing (stoopidest phrase EVER) I’m here for you & we can be here for one another”

Well Said! I totally agree that Social Distancing is a stupid and incorrect phrase!  I have thought about this many times and wanted to encourage people to reach out especially to their extrovert friends and loved ones, and even us introverts could use a little more connection.

The first part of the title “Be kind” is because we need it now more than ever. In addition to being kind to others, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves. A quote from Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Showing kindness

Show kindness by reaching out to people to encourage and support them. Let them know you are thinking of them and how much you care about them and appreciate them. A few kind words can make a big difference. There are so many ways to show kindness, be creative.

These are a few ways to get you started:

  1. Send an encouraging text message
  2. Send a direct message
  3. Write a note, send a card, or email
  4. Go old school, yo, pick up the phone and make a call
  5. Do a private or group video chat or meeting
  6. Send a link to a song or video that you think would help

The next idea might be outside of your comfort zone (I get it).

Quick story: Sunday night I made personalized videos for 2 friends. In one of the videos I was on a roll and in closing I said Love you. I was surprised I said it and was thinking, I hope she doesn’t take it the wrong way. I messaged her about it and loved her response “We all need to spread more love now a days!” This post was made in part to spread more love. This story is to make a point: TELL someone you love them!

Kindness Challenge

I challenge you to do as many of these challenges as you can.

  1. Reach out to at least 3 people in the next 3 days
  2. Tell 2 people that you love them, bonus points if you do it by phone or any type of video
  3. Make a personalized video or audio recording and send it to a friend or family member
  4. Post something encouraging and kind on Facebook
  5. To the non-huggers, when things get back to “normal”, hug 3 of your hugger friends

Summary

Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing. Reach out others and show extra kindness and love. I challenge you to get busy and do these kindness challenges.