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Passion: strong, enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal

Passion: your heart's one true desire or the deepest desire of your heart

   1. Commitment
   2. An Open Mind
   3. Persistence
   4. Flexibility
   5. Faith
   6. Thankfulness
   7. Passion

It is impossible to think about passion without reference to the heart. Deep within your heart, there is a desire, the pursuit of which will bring you all the happiness, success and fulfilment you really want. To find your passion is to identify your own unique purpose in life; to live your passion is to achieve what I like to refer to as the Deepest Desire of Your Heart.

You can achieve whatever you want. You can be the person you were meant to be and you can really live the life of your dreams. Those are bold statements but they are true and more and more people are discovering this wonderful truth for themselves. But if this is indeed true, then why is it that so many people - we think the figure is around 80% - are pursuing jobs and careers they don't really care about?

For our parents and grandparents, growing up in a world with comparatively few opportunities, it is true to say that their lives were consumed with the whole business of 'making a living' - looking after what Abraham Maslow called their physiological and social needs. They worked hard and never really enjoyed the luxury of considering what might be termed the 'higher needs' of the human condition.

Many people in today's workplace are indeed seeking to reach higher and often people think they have reached their peak when they have started to meet their 'esteem' needs, that is, the basic human need for respect, recognition and responsibility. For many people, this means pursuing an interesting career rather than just getting a job.

However, for very many people, there is still an inner emptiness. Often, this emptiness is experienced more starkly when they have actually become successful in their chosen careers. They start to wonder exactly what life has been about. The trappings of success: promotion, automobile and house did not bring about the happiness they anticipated. This is a consequence, as Stephen Covey puts it, of climbing the ladder of success only to find when they reach the top that, all along, the ladder has been leaning against the wrong wall.

To really achieve success in life, you must be bold enough to go even higher; to consider what Maslow called Self Actualisation. This means becoming the person you were meant to be and living the life you were meant to live. To do this, you need to discover your true self and start living your life in that knowledge. Only by doing this, can you possibly hope to find the success you really desire.

Once upon a time, a poultry farmer placed an eagle's egg in amongst his chickens to see what would happen. One of the chickens sat on the egg and nurtured it until, one day, it hatched and an eaglet was born. It grew up with the other chickens in the farmyard, scratching about and pecking at the earth. One day, the young eagle caught sight of a magnificent bird confidently soaring high in the sky, and he turned to an old rooster.

"What kind of bird is that?" he asked.

The old bird said, "that is an eagle, the most powerful bird in the land."

"I wish I could soar like that," the eagle said.

"But you can't," replied the chicken. "He is an eagle and we are just chickens."

And so, the eagle went back to scratching the ground and he lived the rest of his life like a chicken, for that is what he believed he was.

My friend, you are an eagle! You were born to fly, you are destined to soar. You are called to achieve something important with your life. Don't waste your opportunity.

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