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Don't Follow Your Passion, Unlock It!

10/10/2014 14:03 BST | Updated 09/12/2014 10:59 GMT

How many times have you heard the term 'follow your passion' or 'find your passion'? Probably a few. What you haven't heard is that you don't need to tie your passion to one activity or thing. You can choose to live your whole life with it.

Passion is a form of positive energy that sits inside each and every one of us. That means that it's in your control to bring it out whenever you want. And I urge you to do that all across your life. Why? Because that's what will lead you to a more meaningful happiness that isn't limited to 'one passion'. That's what will lead you to a sense of freedom because you realise that you have many more opportunities and options around you when you learn to be passionate by choice. That's when you'll discover a whole new type of childlike energy that fuels your positivity, motivation and drive.

Living a fulfilling life with passion isn't about pursuing the one thing you love, it's about finding love in what you do. Recent research in positive psychology has highlighted what exactly it is that makes it possible for you to find the love in what you do. It turns out there are five keys that can unlock your positive passion energy when used correctly.

The first of these, is about re-connecting with your authentic self by understanding how your values and beliefs drive your behaviour. When you understand your values and how you bring them into your daily life (even subconsciously), you can start to use them in a way that ignites your inner passion flame. The second key is about understanding the why behind what you do hence creating meaningful connections to what you choose to do daily and how you choose to live your life.

The third driver of your inner passion is your commitment to learning on a personal level. When you seek opportunities to grow you keep the passion flame burning strong with excitement and adventure. This type of excitement which fuels your positive passion energy is also a result of being able to connect with your tribe, the people who encourage you, celebrate with you and inspire you. Last but not least, the fifth key is about understanding your natural abilities and putting them to good use in different ways. It's the belief in what you're good at that drives your passionate self to come out.

I challenge you to re-think the idea that you ought to 'follow your passion' or 'find your passion'. I challenge you to live your whole life with passion. After all, a life without passion is not a life fully lived. A life without passion is a life without colour. This is your opportunity to create your most fulfilling life by choosing to live it with passion.

The book Screw Finding Your Passion: It's Within You, Let's Unlock It by Susanna Halonen is now available on Amazon for purchase. It takes you on a bold journey of self-discovery leaving you with your unique action plan for living your best, most passionate life.