Do you have passion or purpose?

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Do you have passion or purpose?
This question comes up when people start to reflect on their life choices and career paths.

While these two words seem interchangeable, they actually represent distinctly different concepts that can greatly impact your overall satisfaction and fulfillment. And understanding the difference between the two can lead to a more meaningful life.

Passion is associated with an intense enthusiasm and excitement for something or someone. It’s that burning desire that ignites our motivation and drives us to pursue something we genuinely enjoy.

Passion can also been seen as something that fuels our dedication, perseverance, and commitment to mastering something.

When we are passionate, we are willing to invest our time, energy, and resources to excel in that area or relationship.

There are however some possible downfalls with passion.

It can be fleeting.

It’s subject to change over time.

It can be focused on personal enjoyment and satisfaction.

It may even lack a deeper meaning or impact beyond your own desires.

Now on the other hand, purpose refers to a more profound and meaningful reason for our existence.

It provides a sense of direction, and a feeling of contributing to something greater than ourselves.

It arises from the alignment of our skills, our interests, and our values with a goal that positively impacts the world around us.

It can provide a sense of fulfillment and gives our actions a deeper meaning, far beyond personal satisfaction.

While passion can be a part of finding one's purpose, purpose goes beyond personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

Purpose is often driven by a desire to make a difference, to contribute to the betterment of society, or to address a specific issue or need.

It’s a driving force that sustains us even when passion wanes or external challenges arise.

Purpose gives our lives a sense of meaning, clear direction, and it helps us navigate through the ups and downs of life.

So, how do we discover whether we have passion or purpose?

Take the time to assess what truly excites you, what brings you joy and fulfillment.

Identify your core values.
Then find the causes or issues that resonate with those values.

Explore various interests.
Allow these new activities to uncover what truly ignites your passion.

Reflect on how you can use your passion to make a positive impact in the world.

Passion and purpose are not mutually exclusive. Having a sense of purpose can fuel your passion, while passion can bring joy and enthusiasm to your purpose-driven actions.

By combining the two, you can create a life that is both meaningful and enjoyable.

Go make a difference in someone’s life today!

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