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Finding Passion From Crisis

Jan 16, 2008
Crises in life can actually turn out to be blessings in disguise. Some of the world's most successful people discovered their true vocation and passion in life as a direct result of personal crisis. One of the world's most successful life coaches is Anthony Robbins, whose life reached rock bottom when his business failed. He went from 'Wonder Boy' to 'Oh Boy!' according to the way he tells the story and ended up living in a tiny apartment without even a kitchen sink, forcing him to wash his dishes in the bath.

According to Robbins, it was this personal and embarrassing public failure that forced him to rethink his life. He reevaluated his personal beliefs and values and assessed how he had ended up at such a low point in his life. He also took time to reflect on the things that really mattered to him searched deep within himself for passion and purpose. He decided that his goal was no longer to simply make a living, instead he would consciously design his life from the inside out. Anthony Robbins claims that suffering and failure can lead us to undertake a journey of personal transformation. Human beings can tolerate a lot of mild discontent and unhappiness. Sometimes it takes something big to shake us out of our lethargy and put us on the path of finding our passion and purpose in life.

Tony Robbins is not unique. There are many very successful people who have also discovered that purpose and passion go hand in hand. If you feel you have a strong purpose to fulfill, it is easy to be passionate about it. This belief system can move us away from a life of survival to one of significance. Significance refers to the impact our life has on others and on the world generally. The more significant we feel that our life is, the more passionate we are likely to become about what we are doing. As we become more passionate, we become more energized to accomplish our goals and move towards our vision. The economic benefit of living with passion is that we are able to accomplish more every day, succeed at what we do and are more likely to experience a financial reward as a result. When we live our lives with passion and purpose things can only get better!

It is not always easy to decide to live your life with passion. It takes courage, commitment and faith to look beyond your present life to a better vision. Ultimately, your decision to discover your passion and purpose and live accordingly will lead to significant benefits, including an improved financial position. However, these benefits will not happen overnight and determination, patience and persistence are necessary ingredients for your long term success.

When you are motivated by a sense of purpose and passionate interest, life becomes invigorating, challenging and inspiring. You will be stronger and more peaceful for knowing that you are contributing in some way to a better world. The decision to live with passion will lead you to discover your own inner truth, trust yourself, and transcend your current circumstances. It allows us to experience a larger vision for our life and to actively design our life rather than being caught in the trap of simply making a living.
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