Live Like We’re Dying
Recently interviewed on Cleveland’s WQAL-FM, Kris Allen shares in his song, “Live Like We’re Dying” that “We only got 86 400 seconds in a day to turn it all around or throw it all away. We gotta tell ‘em that we love ‘em while we got a chance to say.”
Indeed Helen Keller wrote, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Find anyone who is fulfilled in their life and you will find one trait that is constant; passion.
Regardless of circumstances, background or obstacles it is passion that will make all the difference in the quality of one’s life. It is passion that drives us to get up early and stay up late, to take chances and to pursue our dreams regardless of the naysayers around us.
Sylvester Stallone knew his passion was to be an actor. Broke and depressed after almost a thousand rejections, his lowest point came when he had to sell his dog to buy food. Sitting alone in his tiny apartment, abandoned by his wife and without hope he turned on the television.
There he watched a boxing match in which an underdog was taking a beating by the champ. Immediately he put pen to paper and created the manuscript for Rocky. He quickly sold it with the requirement that he play the lead role.
Once he had some money he found the man who he sold his dog to. Unfortunately the gentleman refused to sell him back his dog. Once again Stallone’s passion pushed him to not give up. In the end he got his dog back for ,000 and had to put the man in his film. That is passion backed with strong enough whys.
Years ago Jim Rohn said that “Reasons come first. Answers come second.” When you are pursuing a goal it is essential that you have a strong enough “why” to drive you to the next level.
For every goal that exists there needs to be at least ten well thought out reasons for why this goal is a must in your life. The more you can stack the reasons and truly embrace them the more fuel you will have to propel you towards your dreams.
When people make a New Year’s resolution, their only reason is a change in the calendar. It is no surprise that almost one hundred percent of those resolutions are broken within three weeks. There simply was not a strong enough why to back up the decision, there was no passion behind it.
As Cleveland Life Coach Barbara Feinberg notes, it is all about growth. And one of the surest ways to move forward is to use your passion to come up with a list of reasons why you must reach your goal. List at least ten reasons, twenty or thirty is even better. Be sure to review your list on a regular basis. And remember to live each day like it might be you last. Be sure to live with passion!