Discover Your Passion During the Holidays with these Five Questions

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It’s hard not to feel passionate about the holiday season.  Gathering with loved ones.  Preparing favorite meals.  Buying and receiving gifts.  From the bright lights to the warm feelings, everything about the holidays inspires passion.

 

Passion is one of the most positive human emotions, and being passionate in life is something to enjoy not just during the holidays, but all year long.  There are so many ways to experience passion, but the first step is being thoughtful about what we feel passion about, as individuals, as well as in our roles as family and community members.

 

Passion is often sparked by an experience.  Pinpoint a life event that prompted you into taking action and think about the surge of emotion that came with it.  Was it standing up for the rights of children, advocating for animal rights or speaking up to protect our religious freedoms? That’s what passion feels like.

 

Often passion moves people to push past fear.  It can also make our lives richer and fuller, while driving us to enrich the lives of others.  To turn passion into positive action, here are five questions to ask yourself:

 
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Often passion moves people to push past fear.  It can also make our lives richer and fuller, while driving us to enrich the lives of others.  To turn passion into positive action, here are five questions to ask yourself:

1 – What is your passion?

Think about past experiences or stories you’ve heard that sparked something inside of you and made you want to take action, to do something to change or contribute.

 

2 – How can you use your passion to improve yourself?

Or to benefit your family, your community – or even the world?

 

3 – Is your passion pushing you forward or holding you back?

Don’t let fear of pursuing your passions, or fear of failing if you do take charge and hold you back. Recognize how fear can be a positive factor in your life and don’t let it stand in the way.

 

4 – What have you learned lately?

Make sure to keep a passion for learning and share your knowledge with others. Read a book, take a class, or participate in online forums. Whatever you are passionate about, there are places you can go to learn more about it.

 

5 – What are your expectations of yourself, your job and in your many roles in life?

Establish your objectives and strive to reach your goals. Most importantly, never settle. If you encounter roadblocks, re-direct how you get there, not the destination.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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It’s helpful to have role models to help you push past fear and let passion drive your success.   Our personal lives are filled with people of passion, and there are also many famous people who set an example in how they too overcame fear to do great things.  Here are five women who made their mark in history by living with passion:

 

Debbi Fields a.k.a. Mrs. Fields

Debbi’s passion for baking prompted her to start selling homemade cookies out of her kitchen when she was just 20 years old. Today, Mrs. Fields cookies are sold at over 390 locations around the country.

 

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is an icon of passionate leadership.  For 50 years, this humble, saintly woman worked among the poorest people on earth.  The Missionaries of Charity that she founded is now active in 133 countries.

 

Lucille Ball

An American actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer, Lucille Ball was best known as the star of I Love Lucy.  Before landing the role as Lucy, Lucille had to work her way to stardom and success by taking on minor roles.  In 1962, Lucille became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series. Including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek.

 

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony’s passion for women’s rights at work, in politics and at home drove the United States Congress to pass the Nineteenth Amendment, women the right to vote in 1920. She was known to make personal sacrifices for the causes she cared about, facing down tremendous opposition in her quest for women’s equality.

 

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman fought relentlessly against slavery as the founder of the Underground Railroad. A former slave, her passion and relentlessness resulted in freedom for hundreds and hundreds of slaves. Throughout her life, she fought tirelessly for the abolition of slavery, and was the first woman to lead an assault during the Civil War, liberating 700 slaves in the 1863 Combahee River Raid. Tubman is set be recognized as the new face of the $20 bill.

 
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Not everyone is destined to become famous for putting their passion into action. However, passion runs deeper than fame – it’s often a drive to make a difference in life even in small, everyday ways.  In my own life I have a passion for helping others help themselves. I believe in the ancient proverb “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” At Princess House, I turn this passion into action by giving our independent business owners the tools they need to succeed and to demonstrate how to rise above the circumstances life can throw at us. I also give women and men the tools and the inspiration to harness fear and live the life they deserve in my book.

 

This holiday season as you celebrate with family and friends make a resolution to make 2018 a year of passion and fearless living!

 

 
 

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