Today we are going to talk about the difference between Passion vs Purpose.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.-Henry David Thoreau
The quote means to me that when we are truly happy than we are living our truest life. In my blog I talk about making DREAMS tangible, or making them something we can grab onto and make possible. The scary part about a dream is each and every day we have to learn as much as possible, be willing to learn from other people, and network to gain better understanding of how to achieve my dream. To be awake is to be alive!
The best description I have for a passion would be the one thing that makes you lose time, the thing you enjoy doing the most and are unusually good or outstanding at this sport, music, art, writing, cooking, coaching, or being a good mom or dad. Ultimately, passion is the drawing force behind success and happiness that allows us to have fulfilling lives.
A good understanding of purpose would be, it is unique to everyone. The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, says Shannon Kaiser, 3 Unexpected Ways to Find your Life Purpose-HuffingtonPost.com
The best way to find your purpose is to find out what drives you? A driven person usually exhibits certain traits such as, working hard, studying, and always fulfilling the promise even if it hurts them self.
It is important to note, Self-motivation is the result of a commitment to a larger vision. But that doesn’t mean you will feel motivated all the time. If you have this expectation, when your motivation wanes, you’ll feel defeated. This will set you on a downward spiral. Instead, see that you’re on a path. There are many plateaus along this path. There will be days where you feel like you’ve lost your path. All of this okay.
The big question, How do you know if you are following a passion or life has steered you towards YOUR Purpose? In my studies of Integrative Nutrition, Every new chapter starts with an intention. An intention would be a plan or an objective to be carried out. We are on the 17th chapter and in the beginning of the class our instructor said, “Your Niche or Intention may change while taking this class.” One thing I have acknowledged is, I don’t like to cook. I am passionate about nutrition and how to eat clean and healthy, but my purpose is not to be an amazing cook.
I do know my purpose, it is to have a presence in someone’s life, that sparks a ripple effect that will continue to positively impact others. I want to cause some awareness, education, and inspiration. I may lean more toward psychology and primary food. Personally, I feel where most people are stuck. I know this because I have been stuck. The food on our plate will automatically change if we can fix the circle of life/lifestyle and we can live a more balanced life.
I found this website and this is a great definition of PURPOSE. A purpose is defined as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” This is a lot more concrete, a better launching pad.