Clearing the Passion and Purpose Myth

There is a common misconception that you need to chase passion in order to find purpose in your life. This is wrong. Passion, just like purpose, isn't something you chase but something you choose.

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You want to lead a happy, fulfilling life full of success. You dream big, you work hard and you push yourself out of your comfort zone. You want to feel positive, energised and good about yourself - and the world in general. But you're not quite sure how to go about it. A part of you thinks you ought to be chasing 'your passion' to find all that. A part of you believes that's the only way to find the purpose in your life that you so deeply crave. I'm here to challenge that belief.

Through my research in passion I discovered the key to fulfilment is choosing passion rather than chasing it, and choosing purpose rather than chasing it. Passion is a form of positive energy that sits deep inside of you and it is simply awaiting for you to unlock it. Because you can. And only you can.

Stop thinking that you have to choose 'one passion', or one activity or thing to be passionate about in order to find meaning in your life. Stop thinking you have to limit yourself to one avenue. Passion is a powerful, open force that has nothing limiting about it - unless you make it so.

So how do you use the vigour and vitality of the passion that sits within you?

First, you accept it's a choice. Simply acknowledging this will open the door to it.

Second, you start to connect with your purpose by making meaningful connections to your existing life. Why do you do what you do? What are your favourite parts of your day and why? How do you want to contribute to the world? When you connect with your purpose, you'll start to rekindle the passion flame that sits within. Want to dive into this deeper? Watch my latest TEDx talk titled From Purpose to Passion.

Remember, everything you do is a choice. How you react to different things going on in your life is a choice. Choose to approach them with passion. Choose to approach them with purpose. Choose to approach them with happiness. By making these choices, you'll be choosing to fill your life with fulfilment.

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Susanna Newsonen

Author & Keynote Speaker, The Happyologist Ltd

Susanna Newsonen is the one and only Happyologist®. She is a happiness life coach and keynote speaker. She uses the science of positive psychology to help you to kill your self-doubt, embrace positive thinking, and build a lifestyle you love. She is the author of Happiness is Here and Screw Finding Your Passion. She is a published researcher, a TEDx speaker, an online columnist, and a regular commentator in the media from the BBC to The Huffington Post and more. Her corporate client list ranges across industries, including American Express, BMW, Kellogg’s, Lululemon Athletica and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to name a few. In her free time she is a competitive dressage rider with Olympic ambitions. She adores dogs and believes we can learn a lot from our four-legged furry friends. She inspires and educates her loyal following through her blog at