Survival Kit for Stress – Tool # 2

Find your Life Purpose & Passion (Part 2)

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by day, in all the thousand small, uncaring ways.” - Stephen Saint Vincent Benet

In the last segment, I talked about the ABCD of finding your passion and purpose. A is to start ASKing yourself soul-searching questions on what’s life really about.

I sincerely hope you took time off to reflect on this. Today, I will cover the other three points:

B. Look for the BIG picture. Now some of you, after deep reflection may decide that your current job does not give you what you want. That’s fine; at least now you know what alternative career you may want to move into.

But for most of you, changing jobs or career may not necessarily be the answer.

All you may need to do is a change in perspective: Just change the way you think. People with a good sense of perspective know where they are headed. They are able to separate what’s important and what’s not. They do not allow themselves to get caught up with little irritations or with bad news. They realize that they will experience sad times as well as happy times, and know how important it is to value the happy times.

I had one person who came to me for coaching and even after going through all the questions above, she said she didn’t know what her passion was.

She is a financial planner who liked what she was doing, but it was just okay. Now “just okay” is not passion. But at the same time, she didn’t want to do anything else – it made good income for her and she enjoys it. I told her that discovering her “passion” does not necessarily mean embarking on a new business or career. All she needed to do was to understand what in her day-to-day activities made her feel really good.

Upon reflection, she realized she felt good knowing she had made a real difference when her clients’ needs were met in times of crises. Once she started seeing the big picture in how her everyday activities can make such an important impact on other peoples’ lives, she began to feel great enthusiasm for her work.

You may be just a small cog in the wheel in the company you work for, but when you realize that the wheel will not function well without this cog, you will be able to feel real passion and see meaning in what you do.

C. COMMIT yourself to the most important project – the Reinvention of You.

How does one define commitment? To me, real commitment means you are willing to give up everything in order to achieve what you set out to do. It offers no loopholes, no “but’s and if’s”, no parachute clauses.

So, how important is living the life you really want? If you answer “yes, irrevocably so!” then no excuses only results count.

D. Just DO it!

If that’s the case, then just do it! Just decide what you want, determine what will get you what you want, then act! As my coach always says, “Success is not what you know; it’s what you do with you know.”

And if you still don’t know how to get started, find yourself a coach or a mentor who can be your “conscience”, your success guide and encourager.

So, go on, life’s for living. You’ve got nothing to lose – except a limited. stressful life, where nothing awesome ever happens; and everything to gain – a fulfilled life with no regrets!

Look out for Tool #3 in the next segment of Health Coach International’s Survival Kit for Stress.

To go back to Part 1 of Survival Kit - Tool #2, click here.