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.
- Passion energies you and fuels your success
- Passion gives you something to get excited about
- Passion improves your health
- Passion strengthens your confidence
- 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.
(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