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The Key To Turning Passion Into Action

Photo Credit: Taren Maroun

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
– Robert Collier

We’ve all felt it, that familiar spark of excitement; our hearts beat a little faster, our minds begin to swirl and churn. Be it riding a horse, watching a movie or finding a cause that inspires you into action; this is what we call passion.

Passion in itself is a beautiful thing. It brings to life parts of us that we may have forgotten about, parts that may have been buried beneath the monotony of daily life. But passion, especially altruistic passion, can be overwhelming if we don’t know how to apply it.

Take for instance our current political state. Perhaps you’ve found yourself sparked to life amidst the frustration and injustice you see. Perhaps you have found yourself alive in your need to fuel hope, and to be change. But perhaps, too, you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by the gargantuan nature of our political machine; confused and stunted in your steps toward action. That’s fair, and normal. But contrary to popular thought, most great things (change, growth, success, etc) are not carried out in one master move. They begin with intention. They begin with small steps, celebrated victories and a strategy for moving forward.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones
– Chinese Proverb

You see, the key to turning passion in action isn’t immediate. It begins with small steps.

If you’ve found something you’re passionate about but aren’t sure how to turn that passion into action, here are a few steps to help you on your way:

  1. Identify your passions — Most of the time we identify the surface act (that which makes us feel — i.e.. riding that horse, or watching that movie) as our actual passion, the truth is the roots of our passion usually lay a little deeper beneath the surface. For instance: I cry a lot while watching movies. The simple answer would be: Taren is passionate about movies. Which is true, but..if you look a little deeper you’ll see that there are certain things—themes— that bring me to tears. It’s usually when hope arrives on the scene, or injustice is blown to bits, or restoration occurs between characters. It’s the deeper things that I’m actually passionate about, but the mode in which I see that passion come to life is film. So, what are your passions? Take a second to identify the things you love to do, and then look a little deeper! I bet you’ll find something really beautiful and unexpected hidden there.
  2. ‘Big Picture’ your passion, and then create actionable steps — The next step is to identify your end goal, or what I like to call ‘Big Picture’ing your passion. Is your goal to open a restaurant because you value about community and hospitality? Or maybe you want to see the homeless population in your city go down. Are you dreaming about creating your own fashion brand? Writing a book? Starting a family? Whatever it is, ‘Big Picture’ that passion. Don’t cheat yourself, either. Dream Big. 
And then break that dream down into small, actionable steps. If you want to see change in your city, maybe your first action step is to call your local party and see how you can get involved. If your Big Picture is to be a chef, maybe your action step is to start hosting a monthly friend-feed, where you practice and get your name out there. You see where I’m going with this? It’s small steps toward your big goal. You got this!
  3. Do it together — My last suggestion for turning your passion into action is to remember that you don’t have to do this alone. And in fact, most of the time you won’t be able to. There are so many people who love you, believe in you and are heading the same direction. Find the people who are passionate about the same things, and grab coffee. Make friends. Smile. Honestly, this is the best (and easiest) part about passion; finding the people who dream the same things you do and helping each other make good on it. We’re in this together, so let’s do it!
— Taren Maroun
4 replies
  1. Carol C.
    Carol C. says:

    Has anyone ever heard of the saying ” i’m not interested in what you think of me or how you judge me it’s really none of my business “,
    That statement helped me move all the cobwebs out of the way and returned to my passions one step at a time

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  2. Victoria H.
    Victoria H. says:

    I love this! “Find the people who are passionate about the same things, and grab coffee. Make friends. Smile. Honestly, this is the best (and easiest) part about passion; finding the people who dream the same things you do and helping each other make good on it. We’re in this together, so let’s do it!” You’re so right, this is easier than we think, our ‘tribe’ comes alongside us at the just the right time. Yet, we must still take action to join them, whether that means an extended invitation, a move forward or a simple ‘Yes’ to the community that is being offered.

    Thanks for this, Taren:) You rock!

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