Passions are the single most powerful shortcut to happiness. Whenever I feel a little off, doing what lights me up never fails to give me a buzz.
However, there’s a danger hidden in the very happiness passions give us. It can be tempting to use passions as a band-aid, as an excuse to not deal with things that aren’t going right in your life.
Your mission today is to learn to recognise this pitfall and how you can make sure to avoid it.
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Task 1: Are your passions a band-aid?
Pursuing your passion can give you almost unlimited energy and lift your spirits. Your passion makes you feel happy and balanced and can make a bad mood disappear in no time.
However, these qualities also make it dangerous. When your life is out of balance, you’re unhappy in your job or your relationship or something else is out of whack, you can use your passion like a band-aid or a painkiller. It’ll numb the pain sufficiently for you not to deal with it.
Look at your life or take the Life Audit to see which areas you may have to look at. Don’t paper over the cracks, not even with a passion.
Task 2: Make your passions an asset, not a drug
This is the reason why my Coaching programs encompass every aspect of your life, not just your passions. If you decide to prioritise your passion, it follows that something else needs to make space.
This requires you to assess all your priorities, not just add a new one. Take a bit of time and write down the things that matter in your life. Then compare the list with your calendar, your commitments and the things you spend your days with, and make adjustments accordingly.
Passions light you up, but this should be a bonus, not a survival strategy. Make sure the joy is the icing on the cake, rather than a band-aid.