The grind is real. You wake up and immediately check your email. From there, the day flies by while your mind runs wild from one meeting to the next, solving one problem after another.
This life as an entrepreneur has the capacity to be either completely energizing or devastatingly draining. The difference comes down to whether your path is full of passion. While your business or career may have purpose, it could be lacking in passion.
There is a key difference. Purpose is where you are going, what you want to create in the world, and where you want to head. Passion, on the other hand, is the decision to love what you are going to do each day.
If you haven't decided to love your purpose, here are three actions to build more passion into your day.
1. Gauge your energy levels.
I believe people get younger as they get older, because you become more aware of who you are. Life becomes more colorful, because you have more experience to know what you like and don't like. The more you can be consistent about getting rid of what you don't like, your life will become increasingly vibrant and energized.
Are you tired all the time? If you are, ask yourself why. There may be something specific in your job that is draining you, like a relationship, a project, or some limiting belief that you are holding onto. All of these can zap your energy, making it hard to create and contribute in a meaningful way.
Steve Jobs once said that the only way to do great work is to love what you do, and that couldn't be more accurate. Figure out what is draining you, and remove it from your life as much as possible. When you can show up each day with energy, vibrancy, and excitement, your work naturally becomes more enjoyable and fulfilling.
2. Design inspiration into every corner of your life.
One of the most important questions to ask yourself is what inspires you. Inspiration breeds fulfillment in life. The hard truth is that what brings you inspiration could very well be things outside of work. This could be family, pursuing athletic challenges, or creating art. If that is the case, then redesign your work life to maximize your time doing what does light you up.
Instead of solely looking at your job for fulfillment, look at whether your life is fulfilling. Your career path can be a means to give you more of what lights you up or it can act as a support for what will bring you fulfillment. Design a life that energizes you, and recognize that your career is only one ingredient in this concoction.
3. Prioritize your health.
The environments around you directly dictate your energy levels and outlook. Your environment includes not only the physical locations you are in each day but also the people you are around, the content you consume, and even the way you take care of your body.
Your mind and body are your primary environment above everything else. If you aren't taking the time to nourish them, you won't be able to show up energized, inspired, and ready to be fulfilled. Your job may be the perfect fit to fulfill you, but if you can't show up ready to perform it doesn't stand a chance.
Take time to work out, eat clean foods, and build positive thought patterns. Instead of telling yourself, "I have to go to work in the morning," rephrase this to, "I get to go to work. I get to make money that allows me to do what I love. I get to work at a company that gives me stability and flexibility." Count your privileges in order to create more fulfillment.
You have the choice to create passion and meaning. It is all in your hands.