Changing the world: Now, that's quite a hefty goal. Or is it?
I consider my passion one of my most cherished attributes. It brings me energy, keeps me striving and motivates me to keep working hard. When someone meets me for the first time, he or she often claims to sense my passion pouring out of my veins. I couldn't hide it, even if I wanted to.
Can you relate? Do you have big passions for changing the world? Do you know you are meant for big things?
If so, congrats to you. I think it is a true honor to experience true passion. But it can also feel like a heavy burden sometimes.
Where does one start? How does one keep up? Will it actually make a difference?
I know, for me, I resisted my passion for so long because I didn't know if I was ready, properly equipped or could really make a difference. Who was I to think my passion was big enough to change the world? I found myself saying that I would perform my tasks later. I told myself I still had more to learn.
It's not that the questions don't matter, or that the concerns aren't valid. But at the end of the day, there is just one thing you need to remember if you're trying to change the world with your passions: It might not be easy.
It might not be perfect. It might not happen the way you picture it. But it will always be worth it.
No matter the details and the eventual outcome, following through with your passion is just about the most important thing you can do. A passion that is wasted is a true tragedy.
Guess what? Even if you go after that passion and it doesn't end up the way you want, I can promise you that you will still touch lives. You will still learn a lot about yourself, and ultimately, you will still change the world in some way.
You don't have to fix everything to change the world. Even if you touch one life, think about the ripple effect of that impact. The one life you touch might touch the person's family, friends, future children and future people he or she will go on to help. It is your job to start the wave.
Let all the people you touch – even if it's only one person – carry it forward.
You see, using your passion to change the world isn't about knowing all the answers. It isn't about being the smartest. It's not about being the best public speaker or being the most business savvy. It isn't about the perfect mission statement, getting funding from a bank or being super creative.
It's about knowing why you are doing something. It's about knowing why it matters. It's about knowing in your gut that you're going to change the world, even if it's in a small way. It's about knowing your passion is worth every thing before, after and in between.
The rest are details that can be figured out. You can hire consultants. You can research from others. You can learn strategies.
But you can't manufacture passion. You see, that passion was given specifically to you for a very important reason. It is your job to keep pushing forward until you can figure out why and how.
Passion isn't about a quick fix or an easy reward. It isn't about striving now so that you can sit back later. Your passion should be something you couldn't imagine living life without.
Your passion should be what brings a smile to your face whenever you think about it, even on those terrible days when you absolutely want to quit. Passion is a part of who you are. It is truly the thing that will change the world.
That unique zest and energy you bring to your passion will make it amazing. So even on the hard days, when everything seems to be going against you and when you just don't think it can work, keep going. Keep dreaming, and keep striving.
It will all be worth it in the end. It will all happen exactly the way it is supposed to. You will change the world, exactly as you were meant to.