Have you ever thought about how amazing your life would be if you live your passion every day? It seems like just last week when you were that kid who was going to be an astronaut, pilot, or inventor. It probably seems like yesterday when you finished school, got your first job, and charted out your career advancement.
Then something unexpected happened… you grew up.
What does it mean to grow up anyways? And why does “growing up” seem to imply you must forgo your dreams and passions?
While society wants you to believe living your passion is irresponsible and foolish, we are going to focus on 14 amazing things that happens when you live your passion.
1. Increased self-confidence
There is a little-known truth that everyone wants to be accepted for who they are. Yet, everyone is not comfortable expressing who they are. When you ignore the opinions of others and live your passion, you will become more comfortable expressing yourself.
Oftentimes, when you are not living your passion, you are living the life that you believe is acceptable to others. Your confidence will suffer when you give into the pressures of society, your friends, and family. This is largely because you are forcing yourself to do something that is of little interest to you.
There is probably a good reason for this, so when you are not working within your strengths and interests, your performance will be sub-par.
2. Lower stress levels
Job stress is the major source of stress for adults and it is associated with “increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders.”
Let me start out by debunking the misconception that all stress is bad. Those who follow their passions and those who do not will both encounter stress. The difference is in the kind of stress you come across.
Those who live their passion have an internal motivation that helps bring balance to their situation. As a result, they will most likely have stressful situations that come and go. A good example would be you have three important projects that need to be completed in the same day. Subsequently, you feel stressed until the day is over.
Those who are not living their passion are usually not enjoying their work and find it stressful every day. The act of waking up, putting their clothes on, and driving into work stresses them. They dread every Monday and yearn for every Friday.
3. Fulfillment in your work
As we started to touch on, there is nothing more draining than “working to live.” You feel stuck because you have bills to pay and your job pays the bills.
Even though there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding your passion, you cannot underestimate the value of loving what you do.
By pursuing your passion, you will feel fulfilled in your work. You will no longer feel the need to listen to podcasts and audio-books while working (trying to fill that unfulfilled void). You will have the joy of living your passion, instead of planning to live your passion. There is nothing more rewarding than doing what you were called to do.
4. Mastery of work-life balance
There is a saying that if you live your passion, you no longer need a work-life balance. The premise is work-life balance is only needed when your work is draining.
When you are following your passion, your life is in constant balance. Your work does not feel like a job because you would do it for free.
Can you imagine, wishing you could be working because you truly enjoy what you do? Well, that is exactly what will happen when you are pursuing your passion.
5. Fewer regrets later in life
In the end, most people will not regret the things they did, but things they did not do.
Imagine what your life would be like if you pursued all your dreams and passions. Now imagine if you ran into that person and had to explain to him why you did not pursue your passion. This is the real-life conversation most people are having when it is all but too late.
Take a risk and bet on yourself. Even if it does not work out exactly as you would have hoped, you will be better for it.
6. Personal growth
The reason most people do not live their passion is because of the uncertainty surrounding their passion. You may have doubts regarding your ability to succeed financially, professionally, or even emotionally.
Sometimes, you are right to think this way. This does not mean you should accept this reality and do nothing about it. Instead, spend some time developing the skill-set needed to accomplish your passion.
You can become a rocket scientist if you still want to be an astronaut. You can practice and pursue your pilots license if you want still want to be a pilot.
Map out what skills you need to develop to live your passion and then take the steps to do so.
7. Positive attraction
Sometimes you fear that your passion is not going to be received well by others. The thing about living a less than authentic life, you are going to attract the wrong people.
When you live your life and follow your passions, you are going to attract like-minded people.
To be honest, you are probably going to rub some people the wrong way when you are pursuing your passion. People do not like change and when you change, it could change your relationships.
Do not let this be something that will hold you back though. Your growth is tied to your willingness to pursue the beliefs that will enable you to achieve your goal.
8. Expand your comfort zone
Do not fall into the trap of believing that you have to give everything up to follow your passion. These types of limiting beliefs keep most people from ever starting their journey to change their life.
In fact, you don’t need to give up everything to start afresh. Here’s why.
Allow yourself to slowly expand your comfort zone and try new things. You can continue to live your existing life, while pursuing new adventures on the side.
As you grow more comfortable in your ability to live your passion, you can slowly shift more time towards it. Before you know it, you will be all-in and living your life to the fullest.