Passion is Not What You Think It Is and Here's Why.

When you’re passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.
— Debra Messing

You wake up, hit the snooze button seven times, roll out of bed completely unmotivated to go to work and tackle your to-do list. Life is boring and you just flat out don't want to deal.

Sound familiar?

However, if you had PASSION about your career or hobbies, everything would be better! You'd spring out of bed with a smile on your face and a song in your heart, right?!

Wrong.

There's a huge misconception about passion. When we think of following our passions, whether it be in our careers or interests, it's made to sound effortless and dreamy.

The reality is that this definition is complete bullshit. Here's why.

Am I passionate about getting up early to write my 500 word goal for the day? No. I hate getting up early.

Do I love pushing through writer's block and only to see that what I wrote was crap? No. I want my writing to be perfect and meaningful every time.

Do I love dealing with my own self-doubt, wondering whether my book will be good enough? No. I want my book to be a best-seller, right off the bat.

Do I love it when I work for hours on a painting and then one little brush stroke complete screws the whole thing? Hell no. I want to create a masterpiece each time I paint.

Do you think that Michael Phelps loved all the hours and hours of grueling training it took to become the most decorated athlete in the word? Probably not.

My point is that passion is the overarching notion. The end game. The one big thing that makes you feel fulfilled. The little things you do to achieve this sense of purpose are not all going to be blissful or enjoyable. Following your passions does not guarantee on-demand happiness every single   time. However, when you do push through these struggles and disappointments, it makes your wins that much better. And in those moments, that's where you'll find your bliss.