This is a post from guest blogger Paula Harvey, author of Designing a Passionate Life
Designing a passionate life that is aligned with those passions is the secret to a life filled with joy and fulfillment. How to change from a passionless life to a life overflowing with passion begins with self-reflection of your life as it is today.
To start the self-reflection process, take the following personal inventory and find out how much passion you have in your life at this moment. How many of the following questions do you answer yes to?
- Has life become routine?
- Is the zest for life gone?
- Do you live for vacations and weekends?
- From all outside appearances, your life looks wonderful. Do you find yourself wondering why it isn’t fun anymore?
- Do you have to literally talk yourself into going to work?
If you answered yes to more than three of these questions then you may be suffering from passion deficit disorder. You have no passion anywhere in your life. You have fallen into a routine because it is comfortable, convenient, and safe. Bottom line, you’ve settled. Don’t beat yourself up, you’re not alone. In a 2005 Harris Interactive Study, 80% of Americans are not passionate about what they do for a living.
Having no passion for what you do in life overflows into all aspects of your life. You do not have the energy to contribute to your relationships and family. You lose interest in the hobbies that you used to love. Friends and family don’t find you ‘fun’ anymore and life feels hard, boring, and routine. It can affect your health. You become old before your time.
Well, the good news is that