As some of you know, I fast regularly. It’s not a particularly fun process and there are times when I feel like it would be so easy to just give up and not go through my fasting. But I know I will always do it. It’s not just that I know how good it is for me, that I will really enjoy the benefits and would miss them if I didn’t go through with it, but it’s also because I am accountable to more than just myself. I write about my fasting routine in my book and talk How to IGNITE Your Passion for Living to other people about its great benefits. So how could I skip a fast after all that and let people down?
This is one of the reasons why I encourage people to share their goals and to talk about their passions. I call it a wise selfishness. You tell others about what you are doing because it drives you but also, the act of having to explain your intentions will help you focus and puts it out there publicly where, now, there are expectations that others are also aware of. It is amazing what that can do to keep you on track.
The act of sharing your goals is not really a wholly selfish act. You are actually doing others a disservice by not sharing because talking about what you are planning can be a tremendous inspiration to the people around you. Passion is contagious. Share your goals and your passion as you work towards them and just watch the people around you get fired up. It’s win-win.
Whenever I’ve decided to sit back and enjoy the ‘good life’ after successfully building wealth and having plenty of time to travel and to spend with family (it’s the kind of life everybody would love to live, right?), I have been amazed at how unhappy and depressed that I get. I don’t even want to get up in the morning, don’t see any joy in my day?
It was a mystery to me at first. Why could leisure make me so unhappy. I researched my symptoms, and tried various methods for improving my health and my mind. Some of these techniques worked, to an extent, but if I thought back to my earlier years, there was no comparison. When I worked long days fixing up homes or, later, negotiating huge real estate purchases, regardless of all the toil and pressure of those times, I was happy. I had goals and a bright future and I was intensely passionate about what I was doing. It was while pondering the past that I realized, for all the great things I had accomplished, for all the wealth and love I had in my life, it was no life worth waking up for without a purpose and a passion.
I had always enjoyed life the most when I was helping others better their own. With so many years of experience and knowledge, and having already written books on succeeding financially, writing another book, one that would help people not just become wealthy, but would help them reach any goal they desired was just the natural choice. Once I decided to write the book, my days came alive again. Joy really is working towards something you truly believe in.
It was a long arduous road but finally, “How to Ignite Your Passion for Living” was published earlier this year. I have already been gratefully rewarded with seeing and hearing about many people whose lives are changed because of the stories and techniques in my book. But the book is to be just the beginning of this chapter in my life. I continue to work towards spreading these ideas through other channels such as workbooks and podcasts and this blog. I am hoping, through these posts, to inspire and motivate, and I hope other readers here will share their own stories of struggle and success. My readers are my purpose and passion now, the driving force that gets me jumping out of bed in the morning, looking forward to all the new day has in store.