“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” (Hebbel, German Poet and Dramatist, 1813-1863)
Anything we do with passion comes from our hearts. It is part of our true nature and it shows who we really are and what is really important to us. Read more here.
Often in our lives we lose the passion in what we are doing or we simply cannot find passion in what we do. I have often written about the hamster wheel women are trapped in, and we will then do anything to please others or fulfill our obligations. We often don’t even question our lives and simply go along with the way it is presented to us. We are lucky when we find passion in what we are doing, but if not we still move along the beaten path. Passion seems like luxury while responsibility is the key driver.
I understand that we have to take responsibility but that should not prevent us from listening to our hearts. Finding your passion means finding your true self, and that is the foundation base for happiness and fulfillment. I get inspired when I do business in big cities like San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Sacramento.
In my coaching practice I talk to women who are not happy with their work and/or their personal lives. They complain about not having the success and results they are hoping for. “Why didn’t I get the promotion?” “My coworkers don’t seem to like or respect me.” “My boss never listens to me or gives me enough attention.” The list of complaints is endless but the list of ideas about what they can do to get out of their unsatisfying situation is short or simply does not exist. Instead many women seem to want to devote themselves to feeling miserable. They develop a numbness or frustration which they try to cover up with consumption, drugs, alcohol and other distractions.
This must end and the way out of it is: Find your passion in life. I found my passions in life and most of the time I am able to do what I really like. I worked many years in the advertising industry in Germany and I loved it. I changed paths after becoming a passionate mom later in life. I went through coaching training, wrote my book and started my own business in Paso Robles, CA – and I love it. On top of that I am a passionate animal lover, in particular horses, and I am happy to live my passion every day.
Some might say that I am just extremely lucky and fortune is on my side, but I firmly reject this. Finding my passions in life was part of my mission. I did not stop until I found the job I liked. Trust me, there were many obstacles in my way. In my book “Be a Woman and Act Like One, Succeeding in Business and Life.” I also talk about how I climbed the career ladder. Passion also has a price, it is not a gift, but you have to work for it day and night, giving all you have to make it come true – even if you have to find inspiration in big cities like San Francisco, Santa Barbara or Sacramento – go for it!
I believe that once you know what your passions are, you will create opportunities and focus your energies in the right direction.
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
I could not agree more. It is not the position you are in that makes you successful and good at what you are doing, but it is your passion that makes a difference to you and to others.
Think about John Maxwell’s words and ask yourself, What can you do to live your life with passion? Sign up to receive my monthly inspirations at hertha @ hwa-coaching.com or find me on Facebook.
– Be a woman and act like one, Hertha Wolff – Arend