Because our passion in life is connected to us, it must naturally fit into our lives by aligning with our strengths, desires and goals.
You may have heard someone say, “you need to have a passion in life” or “you should have a career that you love.” But are these things actually important for your life? Why do you need to have a passion in life, what are the benefits?
As I’ll explain in this post, having a passion in life is incredibly important for 5 main reasons.
Having a passion in life…
1. Gives You a Sense of Purpose, Fulfillment and Accomplishment
If you’ve ever felt that your life doesn’t have direction or purpose, it’s probably because you either don’t have a passion or don’t know how to take what you love and turn it into a full-time income.
These feelings of being lost and unfulfilled can have many negative effects on our lives. It might cause someone to feel depressed and that they don’t matter or another person to develop some type of addiction.
When you discover your passion and start pursuing it, you actually give your life deeper meaning.
You will actually give yourself clarity and direction so you don’t have to question your life or what you should be doing.
As the years pass, you won’t feel like time is passing and being wasted, you’ll actually experience feelings of fulfillment.
After several years of pursuing your passion, you will actually be able to look back and know that you accomplished something great, something that really mattered to you.
2. Promotes Emotional Well-Being and Brings You More Happiness
If you aren’t actively pursuing something that interests you or that you enjoy, you’ll likely go through life without a sense of direction and end up starting a career that isn’t right for you.
It might be the best option at the time but if it doesn’t interest you or allow you to use your strengths, you’ll likely end up hating your career. Having a full-time job that you dislike can have many negative effects on your emotional well-being.
The last thing you want to do is spend most of your life at a job you hate so you can pay the bills to keep living, so you can keep doing what you hate.
It’s a horrible, endless cycle and you don’t want to get caught in it for the sake of your happiness and emotional well-being.
When you discover your passion you’re able to make purposeful decisions in life which will lead you down a path that inspires and excites you.
Pursuing your passion in life will,without a doubt, make you happier, more often.
Your passion will allow you to do what you love and eventually make a career out of it, and this is one of the keys to a happy life.
3. Makes You Healthier by Reducing Stress
A recent survey conducted by Everest College found that 8 out of 10 people in America are stressed out by their jobs. Around 80% of people are stressed out by their job for many different reasons such as increased workload and low pay.
Another study conducted by Monster.com surveyed 7,000 U.S. workers and found that 35% had contemplated leaving their job and 42% had “purposely” left their job because of a stressful work environment.
It’s no secret that a job can be stressful, we’ve all experienced this before and if you haven’t, you’re lucky.
If your job is stressful and you work 40 hours per week, 5 days per week, until you retire, you’re going to be stressed a lot. Over a long period of time, stress can have several negative effects on your health including, difficulty breathing, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, muscle tension, headaches, chronic inflammation, and immune system deficiencies.
The simple fact is that being relaxed and not stressed is better for your health and happiness.
Having a passion in life allows you to be more at peace in life and truly enjoy what you’re doing without being stressed.
4. Will Allow You to Self-Motivate and Drive You to Success
Have you ever tried to motivate yourself to do something that you don’t like? It’s really hard and almost impossibly unless the final result is amazing or you’re being forced by an outside influence.
Do you have to motivate yourself to do something that you enjoy? Of course not! We want to do things we enjoy and it’s much easier to motivate ourselves to become better at what like.
That’s why being passionate about something will dramatically increase your chances of getting through hard times and becoming successful.
You will be able to motivate yourself easily because you deeply care and it really matters to you. Passion will push you harder than anything else.
It will be a thousand times harder to become successful at something you don’t enjoy or don’t really care about. You must really connect with what you’re doing and it must really matter to you if you want to become successful.
It’s important that you have a passion in life because your success depends on it.
5. Will Cause You to Have a Greater Impact on Others
When you’re passionate about something, it’s easy for others to see it.
Even if you don’t realize, people will notice and be inspired by you. They will be inspired by what you’re doing if they share the same passion or the simple fact that you’re pursuing what you love with confidence.
You will be able to inspire others who share your passion to come up with new ideas and innovations or inspire a younger generation to follow in your footsteps and continue your work.
When people notice that you have a true passion in life, you’ll inspire others to discover and pursue theirs.
Even if you have completely different passions, you will still have an impact others by positively influencing them.
In my experience, people’s passion usually contains some aspect of giving back and helping others. So, if you’re truly pursuing your passion in life you will be able to help a lot of people.
Helping others in life is one of the greatest fulfillments that you’ll ever experience, which might be why many people’s passion revolves around the betterment of the humanity.
As you can see, having a passion in life is very important and will not only have a positive effect on your life but will also have a positive effect on others.
I hope that you realize how important passion is and will commit to discovering and pursuing yours!