Taking The Passion Test
[quote, Soren Kierkegaard]
God has given each of us our ‘marching orders.’ Our purpose here on Earth is to find those orders and carry them out. Those orders acknowledge our special gifts.
Once your intention is clear, attention is the next step. If you think your passion is becoming a multimillionaire, write it down.
Passions arise from the heart. When you are truly passionate about something, you don’t have to try hard to put attention on it.
Let’s come back to this idea of “playing it safe.” Have you ever noticed people who play it “safe” aren’t at all as enthusiastic, ener- getic, full of passion, on fire and excited about their life as could be?
On the other hand, what’s it like to live your dream; to face any challenge, jump through any hoops, go anywhere you have to, in pursuit of your heart’s dearest desires?
So, right now, please trust us. Don’t censor your Passion Test.
To make sure you are going to set free those BIG PASSIONS that so far might not have yet come out
Here’s Jack’s initial list of passions:
- Being of service to massive numbers of people
- Having an international impact
- Enjoying celebrity status
- Being part of a dynamic team
- Having a leadership role
- Helping people live their vision
- Speaking to large groups
- Having an impact through television
- Being a multimillionaire
- Having world class quarters and support team
- Having lots of free time to be
- Studying with spiritual masters regularly
- Being part of a spiritual leaders network
- Creating a core group of ongoing trainers who feel identified with his organization
- Having fun-fun-fun!
When you are clear,
what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.
The opposite of this is also true: fuzzy desires give fuzzy results. The vast majority of this book is dedicated to helping you achieve greater clarity.
no holding back. Write down at least ten and as many as fifteen or more things which you absolutely love.
Your list will complete the sentence: When my life is ideal, I am _
Passions are how you live your life. Goals are the things you choose to create in your life.
When your passions are clear, then you can create goals which are aligned with your passions and begin to create the life you choose to live.
Loves and Talents: Clues to Your Unique Gifts
What do you love to do? What kind of environment do you love to be in? What kind of people do you love to be around? What excites you, turns you on, gets you charged up?
What are you good at? What do people compliment you on? What do you notice you seem to do better than most others? What are your unique skills and talents?
Beware the Mind
If that’s all there is to it, why do so many people fail to fulfill their life’s purpose?
Your mind tends to trick you.
Your mind will even try to convince you your life’s purpose is something less than it really is—in the name of safety and security.
For example, many people tell us their passion is to make lots of money. But some of them have no attraction to things which have to do with money, making money, or creating more money.
When we talk to them, what we discover is they don’t care so much about having lots of money, as they do about feeling the freedom to do the things they love.
It’s not necessary to have lots of money to have that freedom. For example, Mother Theresa had complete freedom to do the things she loved, yet she never personally had lots of money. The same is true of Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King.
On the other hand, we’ve met some people (Harv Eker comes to mind) who have a burning passion to make lots of money, com- bined with a passion to help lots of people at the same time. There is nothing which can stop those people from making money. They are so focused on making lots of money that there’s no way it can’t show up.
First, make a list of at least ten of the most important things you can think of which would give you a life of joy, passion and fulfillment. Begin each one with a verb relating to being, doing or having which completes the sentence:
When my life is ideal, I am _
Close your eyes and picture your ideal life. What are you doing? Who are you with? Where are you? How do you feel?
- Passion 1
- Passion 2
- Passion 3
Let your list sit for a while. Come back to it in a few hours or tomorrow. When you return to your list, compare the items on the list to identify which are the most important to you.
If you could have #1 or #2, but not both, which would you choose?
Continue comparing the one you choose with the next number on the list until you go through the whole list.
For example, if you compared the first item on the list to the second, and you chose the second, then you would next compare the second item to the third.
Start again, compare each item which remains (don’t include the ones you’ve already chosen)
If you get stuck and can’t decide which item is more important, then ask yourself, “If I could be, do or have #1 and not #2 which would bring me more bliss? Or, if I could be #2 and not #1 which would bring me more bliss?”
Most people find their first impulse is the most accurate. Passion arises from the heart, and your heart’s impulse is more likely to be closer to the truth than your mind’s analysis.
Be honest. Don’t worry if your choices aren’t what others think they should be.
Avoid the temptation to get to an item on your list that seems really important to you and say, “Oh, that’s number one, so I don’t need to go through the rest of the list.”
Don’t be surprised if the choices you make change, each time you go through the list.
If you want to get an idea of what some others have written for their Passion Test, go to:
And what was that mantra which is getting encoded in your DNA?
When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.
Magic happens when you are clear. You will find yourself saying, “That was the best experience of my life!”