Put your passion first
By: Teresa Lewis
The 7 Mindsets are a culmination of a research project asking the question, what is it that the happiest, most successful people have in common? It is the way you think that leads to a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and meaning. Last month we covered mindset #1, Everything is Possible; now let’s learn about mindset #2, Passion First.
Let’s explore mindset #2: Passion First
If you pursue your passions first and foremost, you will be happier, more successful, and more excited to get up every day. You will uncover an energy and drive you didn’t know existed. Pursue what you love, tap into your strengths and the unique gifts that God gave you.
As with each of the mindsets, the researchers discovered that most people act in direct opposition to the Passion First mindset. One of the counter mindsets is that we should pursue the bigger paycheck over work that we truly love. We choose safety and security and sacrifice our happiness.
Some of what we tell ourselves and our kids is rational…pursue a degree based on the employment market, if you are good at math pursue a degree in accounting, even though that isn’t your passion, take the job with the best pay and benefits….rationally and economically it makes sense.
Yet, thinking like this can lead to disappointment and disengagement at work (a.k.a. you quit your job but you are still employed there!) The latest Gallup poll indicates only 30% of US adults are actively engaged in their jobs.
It is not your employer’s responsibility to engage you at work; it is your responsibility. Find a way to get more engaged in your job, or find something different.
For those of you who are full-time household managers, maybe you’re feeling bogged down in your daily responsibilities and have lost sight of your passions. Give yourself time and permission to rediscover your passions. Guilt-free. What talents do you have that the world needs?
We all have gifts God has given us … it’s up to us to figure out what those gifts are and use them for good.
In the book the authors indicate that “no matter what your chosen vocation, great success and meaning will require the overcoming of massive hurdles and obstacles along the way.” I can vouch for that! It’s not an easy path but it is a fulfilling path.
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1 Corinthians 12:4
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.