An inspirational story recently highlighted a four-year-old who has a passion for delivering chicken sandwiches to the homeless. Actually, in this case, to say he is passionate is almost an understatement. Austin Perine, according to the CBS evening news, loves helping homeless and it is absolutely the highlight of his week. Did I mention he is four years old?

Did you discover your passions by age four? If not, no worries, most of us didn’t. Have you discovered your passions yet? Do you have that sparkle in your eye as you tell others about what you do and how you impact others? Maybe life has gotten really full with kids, chores, aging parents and the demands of your job that you got off track. We can get so caught up in the busy-ness of life that we can lose track of who we are and what we love. At some point, we might be tempted to just go through the motions.

In the words of Casting Crowns, we weren’t made to just survive, we were made to thrive! To thrive again, to become more engaged, we might need a little mindset adjustment. Mindset #2 of the 7 Mindsets is about identifying your passions, talents and strengths. It really does begin with your mindset — being open to new possibilities for your future. Sometimes this is more difficult than it sounds; we often underplay our own strengths and take them for granted. Ask God to reveal what unique gifts He has given you. Figure out how to use your passions, talents and strengths frequently. If you don’t have that opportunity in the workplace now, could you work into a different role? Could you volunteer in an organization where you can be aligned with your passions? What if God is calling you to a new direction?

It’s never too late and never too early to pursue your passions. Whatever age you are, whatever stage you are at, it’s the right time to do the soul searching. Pray that opportunities would arise, and meanwhile, pursue what you love, tap into your strengths and use the unique gifts that God gave you. It’s also critical that you take steps into those opportunities, regardless of the fear and uncertainty.

Mindset #2, Passion First is one of 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. Learn more about how much your mindset matters at the 7 Mindsets for Success workshop, Thursday, June 21, 1:00 – 4:30. Details at or connect with Teresa on Facebook.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

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