When I look at the most successful people in the world, I always wonder how? How are they that productive? How do they get so much done? Where does that passion come from?
I have friends too, who have no problem just getting up in the morning and getting things done. Do you know someone who’s just like this; always working on something? I’m pretty sure most of us do!
I always found this difficult. I’d have sudden, short bursts of motivation, but nothing that would ever last. Finally, I had enough and decided to start going about this whole thing differently and I changed my approach to everyday life.
So, what’s the secret?
Are those people just like that?
Is there nothing I can do?
Yes, of course there’s something you can do! And, it’s not as difficult as you might think…
Finding Your Passion
Now bear with me, I’m about to drop some science!
Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that is responsible for all motivation. Seriously, if you had no dopamine, you wouldn’t be able to eat, even if there was a plate of food sitting right in front of you! As well as motivation, dopamine also controls the pleasure centres of the brain, making it responsible for us feeling pleasure as well.
Just think of it as the “dope” chemical!
So, if we have all of this dopamine in our brains, why don’t we feel motivated and driven tall the time?
It’s become a lot easier in recent years to access this pleasure chemical. It gets released every time you eat, watch Netflix, check social media, or pretty much any other day-to-day activity that makes us feel good.
Compare this to hundreds of years ago – where dopamine wasn’t nearly as easy to access – when people had to create things to feel this sense of pleasure.
Because they didn’t have access to all of these easy, instant sources of pleasure, they were more motivated and more focused to work on something creative, not just absorb and consume like we do today.
And that’s all you have to do. First, eliminate some of the current dopamine sources you have access to. This may mean watching less TV, or turning off social media (at least for some of the day!) and substitute these for more creative outlets.
What Creative Outlets?
If you don’t have a concrete idea of what you’re passion is or is going to be, you can try just Googling different hobbies. Write down a list of potential passions that you think might appeal to you and then try them out. Try them out one at a time, so that you can clearly distinguish between them.
If you thought you might be into photography, start messing around taking pictures on your phone. If you want to try writing, just grab a piece of paper and a pen and get started.
The hardest part of the whole process is starting out, and then – once you discover your passion – it will be hard to stop!
One of my passions is travel (as you can probably tell by this website!). It hasn’t always been my passion – I always enjoyed visiting new places but I never thought my life was going to revolve around it! In fact, I discovered travel in pretty much the same way that I’ve been talking about in this post.
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I had just left school, decided not to go to university and I had little idea of what I wanted to do.
So what did I do?
I started Googling. Long story short, I ended up going on a gap year to Japan, which turned into a trip around Southeast Asia, which also spawned my love for travelling and led me to starting this website – where I can hopefully help you guys discover the same sense of wanderlust!
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Think back to when you were a kid and try and remember all of the dreams you had. Who did you look up to?
It’s awesome because, as kids, our lives are only limited by our imagination. Over time, reality takes over and we lose grasp of some of those dreams we used to have.
Don’t completely lose grasp of those! Yes, reality will always kick in, but there’s no one that can say you can’t turn your dreams and passions into your reality!
Instead of scrolling through Facebook, work on creating. Instead of binge-watching your favourite show for the 10th time, work on creating.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein
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