“Passion requires focused direction, and that direction must come from three other areas: your purpose, your talents and your needs.” ~ Steve Pavlina
On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate your passion? Have you been experiencing life to its fullest and have a clear hands on approach as it relates to your purpose, talents and your needs? Are you feeling an urge or a calling in you to do more and to become more? Have you taken the time out to seriously think through and write down your personal statement of purpose and your goals?
While the answer to these questions are personal and entirely up to you, it is said that without passion man is mere latent force and possibility. Everything remains in a state of what could have been, a dream that is never fulfilled or a talent that remains hidden and buried within the human soul.
But with the realization that passion and purpose go hand in hand, every effort must be made to discover what is the purpose for which you have been created. You and I are by no means just filling a space here on earth. We all have a purpose given by God our Creator. He has the blueprint of who, what, when, where, how and we must seek Him to be apprised of it.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs
Passion emerges when your essence expresses itself. Your essence then becomes your purpose. Knowing your purpose gives rise to an understanding of why you exist, what your intentions are, and what are you aiming towards. A combination of all these fuels your passion and gives a clear focused direction of the path you must take in life.
What do you do so well naturally that makes you stand out from the crowd? What contributions are you making each day to civil society that encourages, motivates and inspire others to hope and dream? God has given to each one of us unique talents, skills and abilities and it’s for us to make the right use of them to serve others and to bring glory and honor to Him. If you are thinking that your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire and die, then clearly you have already missed the point of your life. “You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV
The hierarchy of needs is one of the best known theories of motivation. It was created by psychologist Abraham Maslow and is often displayed as a pyramid, with the most basic needs at the bottom and the more complex needs at the peak of the pyramid.
The D-needs (deficiency needs) are expressed through the four lower levels and it is understood that these needs are due to the lack of something and the need to be satisfied in order to avoid unpleasant feelings and to move on to the B-needs (being needs or growth needs). The B-needs is an indication of our desire to grow as an individual and to fulfill one’s potential. Knowing the difference, and on what level of the pyramid you are will help to determine your focus and your direction in life .
By all means, passion requires a focused direction – go for it!
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