zeal noun \ˈzēl\: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something
Passion. Zeal. One’s desire to push through any obstacle in order to obtain a dream. This week I am speaking on the campus of Texas A & M University in Commerce. This is the school I attended in search of my passion. Lots of hours taken that only continued to lead to another changed major and then eventually settling on one for both the general interest and also for the desire to graduate and have this chapter of my life complete. Was this the stopping point or what lead me to the passionate life I'm living today....? it was part of my journey but it was not the solution or discovery of zeal.
I’ve had the unique opportunity to meet extraordinary people who in the world eyes would consider “successful.” The common factor that makes these people unique to me and this is only my perspective and humble opinion is that they have zeal. This is what gets them up early in the morning before the “average” person and keep them burning their midnight oil. This zeal for their life is what takes them to another level. It’s contagious yet intimidating. The average person wants what they have but later takes steps back to the “normal” way of living because they’ve lost interest, hope, even the possibility that attaining that for themselves is even possible. They may think to themselves that that person they were admiring and wanting to model after must have just been “lucky.”
How sad. How sad is the fact that the reason a person can not stay engaged in living a life of zeal is because we cannot just take from and copy a passionate life of another. We can learn from them. Stay near them so we grow together and share like minded ideas but at the end of the day having zeal for life boils down to YOU living your passion. And as easy as this may sound and so freely this statement is thrown around by motivational speakers like myself but this is a HUGE barrier and often the cause for so much regret in life. We want what others have…. What????
Let me give you a secret that I've learned from these “successful,” happy, healthy, passionate about life people. They have taught me…. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!
You have unique gifts and talents. The burning desire that is inside of you is different for me and different for your peers. If you really want to live a life of zeal than you must discover what it is that burns with passion within you.
It’s my guess you know what that thing or things are right this very moment but because of your fears and limiting beliefs you've buried deep it within you.
Starting today and everyday here after I want you to take out your shovel and begin uncovering this passion. Start doing the things you truly love and enjoy. Start making this a number one priority in your life. Trust me in that you can’t go wrong because once you have begun living a life that’s true “Authentic” to you the rest will fall into place and what ever changes take place they won’t cause you stress because now that you've discovered your passion you won’t care about the menial things that you used to.
Today is my last day on campus here in Texas before my road trip back to Florida. My passion is to infect you with such a strong desire to go in search of and live your passion that it’s unbearable. My strongest passion is to write and it’s been something that I've suppressed for far to long but just as I've told you that it’s time to make your passions a priority…. That’s exactly what I am going to do as well... starting today!
So cheers to you where ever you find this blog around the world today.
Please share your “Authentic” passion for life and anything else in the comment section below so that we can be encouraged by you!
Lots of love friends,
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