Live Your Passion: Key Questions to Help You Identify and Create Your Success

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"Who are you and who do you want to be has never been made so clear."

-Jeremy Hodal, Operations-Chicago ORD, Platinum Cargo Logistics, Inc.

Many of us want it; few have it. Deep inside, we may have a strong desire to live a passionate life filled with zest, love, and purpose. But how do we make it happen? In Live Your Passion, seasoned entrepreneur Melyssa Moniz shares thought-provoking, empowering questions designed to pull you out of your comfort zone and motivate a ...

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Overview

"Who are you and who do you want to be has never been made so clear."

-Jeremy Hodal, Operations-Chicago ORD, Platinum Cargo Logistics, Inc.

Many of us want it; few have it. Deep inside, we may have a strong desire to live a passionate life filled with zest, love, and purpose. But how do we make it happen? In Live Your Passion, seasoned entrepreneur Melyssa Moniz shares thought-provoking, empowering questions designed to pull you out of your comfort zone and motivate a life-changing transformation that attracts success and happiness.

Moniz relies on her experiences derived from creating passion-driven services for her clients to help anyone interested in discovering his or her true passion and applying it to life. She encourages you to listen to your inner voice through a variety of questions. She also offers a step-by-step plan that can help you determine your self-identity and passions, define self-esteem and core beliefs, use an internal compass for guidance in life decisions, and turn to the root emotion of love in every experience. Included is a glossary that defines terms and a bonus section intended to further support a journey of renewal.

Live Your Passion offers key questions and practical advice that can motivate anyone ready to embrace the kind of reflection that induces change and ultimately creates a fruitful future.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781475990850
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/3/2013
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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LIVE YOUR PASSION

KEY QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY AND CREATE YOUR SUCCESS


By Melyssa Moniz

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2013 Melyssa Moniz
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4759-9085-0



CHAPTER 1

What Is Passion?


Take a few minutes to answer these questions:

• What does passion mean to you?

• What draws you to the idea of passionate living?


Some of our greatest visionaries and leaders describe passion as the urge to experience one's true self. Passion is also considered a compelling emotion, like love or hate. Does passion seem like an ultimate feeling to obtain? I would suggest that passion is the feeling that the spirit holds in order to know itself in its own experience—a magical and surreal feeling. You may also agree that passion is the seeking of self-realization and the actualization of your greatest dreams as you conceive of them. Passion, and the state of being passionate, is quite possibly the greatest purpose you can attach yourself to. Finding your passion is therefore 100 percent necessary.

Passion, and the state of being passionate, is quite possibly the greatest purpose you can attach yourself to. Finding your passion is therefore 100 percent necessary.


What does passion mean to me? I call it the feeling of being unstoppable, clear and driven; the knowledge that what I am doing, how I am doing it and why I am doing it is completely aligned with the greatest understanding of myself that I have in that moment; the deep-rooted sensation that I am complete, I am right and I am authentic; and the knowledge that what matters most to me has my full attention. Passion. This is what passion means to me, and I invite you to seek the full meaning of passion for yourself in your own life.

Now take another few moments and ask yourself the question again:

• What does passion mean to you?


As you continue reading, I invite you to keep your mind and your heart open, as we explore how to live your passion, starting now. To restate, passion, and the state of being passionate, is quite possibly the greatest purpose you can attach yourself to.

Throughout the following chapters, you may notice that the format centers on asking a question and finding the answer. The answers are unique to you, so honuor them and record them as you see fit. This will strengthen your journey in defining and discovering your passion. In the next chapter, we will explore what to do with your definition of passion. How do you want to view life as you know it?

CHAPTER 2

Who Do You Think You Are?


What answers would you give to the following questions?

• What factors determine the image you have of yourself?

• What defines your self-esteem?

• Have you determined these answers for yourself?

• How do you want to view life as you know it?


One of my favourite excerpts from Conversations with God (Book 1) is the following: "Desire for the whole life process to be an experience of constant joy, continuous creation, never-ending expansion, and total fulfillment in each moment of now." Can you imagine if everyone in the world thought this way about life?


"Desire for the whole life process to be an experience of constant joy, continuous creation, never-ending expansion, and total fulfillment in each moment of now."

So, who are you? Really and truly, who are you?

I love the following words of Lao Tzu, as they simply state a very powerful truth that we tend to forget in the midst of chaos and busy-ness: "At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."


"At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

When I ask my clients the question of who they are, they give me a long list of credentials or some kind of story about their past. But if you examine the question further, you will see that I am not asking you to list items off your résumé (which explains a part of you) or to tell the story of how you came to be (which explains your past). Instead, I am asking you to ask yourself the following:

• Who are you, according to yourself?

• Who are you right now, and what do you stand for?


These questions are stimulating and can also be intimidating, but not to worry.

With the only constant being change, it is inspiring to know that your self-image will evolve with you as you add more references and experiences to your life. In addition to that, who you are is far more interesting and valuable than a list of skill sets or a set of organized memories.


It is inspiring to know that your self-image will evolve with you as you add more references and experiences to your life. In addition to that, who you are is far more interesting and valuable than a list of skill sets or a set of organized memories.

In my own past, I would turn to my relationships to help me determine who I thought I was. Rather than looking to external and superficial references, which are important to a certain degree, I ask you to reference your own mind, your feelings and your deeper self in order to gauge who you are, which is far more important when deciding who you think you are. To me, referencing the deeper part of myself was a foreign concept, especially since I listened to too many people who squashed my self-esteem and self-confidence. Perhaps you feel the same way. Perhaps, as is the case with so many of us, a sinking sensation of insecurity clouds your mind from time to time. You may have been on the rise at some point, and started to feel like you were on the right track and suddenly ONE thing happens, and it all comes crumbling down. Early in my dance and entertainment career, I had experienced so much rejection in the process of auditioning. To prepare, and invest time and energy into an audition, feeling like I had all the right elements necessary, just to be faced with a flat out no from the casting agent. Rejection in one instance is something that will absolutely affect your self-esteem and self-confidence, naturally, as this kind of experience doesn't make you feel good. However, what I have learned is that these moments of feeling "bad" do not define you, nor does it define your self-esteem and self-confidence. I have also found that in dealing with client relationships and in the marketing of services, entrepreneurs and service providers are left vulnerable to face potential clients who may not understand them or not really want the service that they are offering. Many are polite and matched my communication, in terms of care and tact, and every so often, I will face ONE client who just does not like what I am doing. They may even go out of their way to tell me. It hurts and I have moments where I question myself, but with a very developed sense of self and the image I have of myself, I conclude that I must decide where I direct my energy. Who I am does not have to appease everyone, just as who you are does not have to appease everyone. First and foremost, it must be true for yourself in order for you to feel congruent and in alignment with who you are. Rather than lingering and dwelling on the negative of a particular experience, get back into your own mind and in your own self to create the image you have of yourself. I value time, and I asked myself, how can I save my time from worry and fear about assessing who I am? I didn't realize I could change my self-image just be deciding. I didn't realize how much personal power I really had. Do you know much personal power you actually have? I didn't realize I could change my self-image just by deciding. I didn't realize how much personal power I really had. Do you know how much personal power you actually have?

Imagine a world where circumstances are in your favour. This time, I ask again: Who are you? Right now, decide and confirm that you have unlimited personal power to create your self-image; in that image, envision yourself as passionate, living the most passionate life you can imagine!

Take a moment to answer this question:

• What factors determine the image you have of yourself?


Let us dig deeper and develop your self-image. Answer these questions about your mother:

• What do you admire most about her?

• What do you find disgusting about her?


Then answer these questions:

• What do you admire and find disgusting about other family members? Your best friend?

• What is your favorite animal? How does it move? How does it behave? What does it look like? What quality is it most known for?

• Who is your favorite boss? Business Partner? How did they make you feel? Why did you like them so much? What things did they say to you that has stood out in your mind?

• Who are your favorite celebrities? What are they known for? What do they look like? What makes them special to you?

• Who are your favorite artists? What is their artistic specialty? Why do you enjoy them more than others?


Why do I ask you to look at what you like and dislike most about these people and things? It is because by looking at what you like and don't like about others, you are able to design an array of some characteristics that you wish to adopt and some that you may need to disown.


By looking at what you like and don't like about others, you are able to design an array of some characteristics that you wish to adopt and some that you may need to disown.

If you think about it, all you have ever done is model yourself on other people in order to learn about and experience life as you know it. If as a child you wanted to be a doctor, then the pathway was set out for you. You modelled yourself on and studied with professors at the schools of medicine, and you followed in their footsteps in order to experience the life of a doctor. If you chose to work in a particular profession, then you were brought into a company or workspace, and you modelled yourself on the person who had the most knowledge about what to do in order to get the job done. With that truth in mind, you can see how sometimes we continue doing the same thing over and over again, because it is all we know or all we have been taught. Now is the time to challenge what we know and what we have been taught.

Given your set of experiences and the breadth of knowledge you have acquired up until now, you will continue to reflect outwardly that which you have made inward. So, with regard to defining your self-image, keep in mind that we often see in others what we understand about ourselves; it is difficult to see anything outside of the frame of reference of our own experiences and understanding. For this reason, learning to live in your passion is going to require some self-investigation.

Think about your earliest childhood memories, even back to your baby pictures and youngest collection of memories ... Can you see how you naturally rejected that which you didn't like, and spent hours with that which you loved?

Environmental, societal, cultural, educational and other factors all play a part in shaping our minds and ultimately programming our self-identity—who we think we are. Have you ever been caught up in your external environments and placed value on your relationships to and with others, rather than placing emphasis on your internal environment? If what is on the outside of your world has dictated much of how you have lived your life, then it is possible that you have lost a sense of your true self, to a certain degree. You may have ignored the natural gravitation toward that which you love and the natural rejection of that which you hate.

If you are unclear about who you are, it is very easy to be persuaded to go with someone else's flow or another pathway does not serve your greatest purpose. Allowing myself to gravitate towards that which I really wanted would seem natural if I was daring by nature, but quite the opposite, I have experienced many struggles with trusting my own decisions. This was one of the bigger struggles I ever dealt with and I found that it boiled down to fear of judgement. Fear is a common emotion and response that affects all of our mental well-being. Being judged and having the ability to judge are necessary in decision making, but I have learned that harsh judgement makes us feel bad about ourselves. Fear mixed with harsh judgement is like poison to the mind.


Fear mixed with harsh judgement is like poison to the mind.

As a result of its programming, your mind's behaviour is understandably cyclical and repetitive, and it remains this way unless you make a conscious decision to empower yourself and change internally. Furthermore, becoming judgemental and conscious of judgements leaves a person forgetting that he or she has the personal power of choice to differentiate him- or herself from outward influences. You may not be able to change your external environments; however, you do have the power to change your internal environment.

With that in mind, take a moment to answer these questions:

• What factors determine the image you have of yourself?

• What defines your self-esteem?


You discover what your self-image is when you explore the things you stand for.

• What is truly important to you?

• What causes you to feel something beyond indifference?

• What have you decided is worth it for you?

• What value do you assign to your own self-worth?


I believe that life is a beautiful evolution. Some of our greatest world leaders have suggested the same concept. I believe that life is a beautiful evolution. Things unfold before us in such magnificent ways and most times, it is beyond our comprehension as to how it all came to be. Specifically, look at nature around you - our eco-system, our human bodies, space and the galaxies. Things move in magical ways, and some of our greatest world leaders have suggested similar concepts. Albert Einstein spent his entire life teaching concepts about life, physics and science and was often quoted for his inspiring thoughts about how incredible our world truly is. We can also see evidence of beauty and evolution all around us. If it is inevitable that you will evolve beautifully, then I ask you this: Will it be the result of your willingness and actions? Or will it be the result of indifferent happenstances in your external environments? Consider this: In each moment, you are given an opportunity. Every morning that you awake, this is an invitation to spend your day doing what you choose to do. You may have heard before that the only constant is change, so while things are inevitably changing, will you choose to seize your opportunities? You can evolve according to the conscious choices you make or according to the unconscious passivity that you accept.

If it is inevitable that you will evolve, then I ask you this: Will it be the result of your willingness and actions? Or will it be the result of indifferent happenstances in your external environments? You can evolve according to the conscious choices you make or according to the unconscious passivity that you accept.


You can evolve according to the conscious choices you make or according to the unconscious passivity that you accept.

One of my favourite mentors is Anthony Robbins. He asks, "If we are not clear about what we truly stand for, then how can we expect to lay the foundation for a sense of self-esteem?" Self-esteem is directly related to who we think we are and how well we live up to our images and ideals. While pondering these questions, my thinking process has resonated powerfully. The more one goes inward and asks the tough questions, the more natural it becomes to compare and contrast one's outer world and make inward connections.

Regardless of the perspective you have when facing the question of who you think you are, you may find that since life is our creation, the naturally progressive question is, Whom do you want to be? Creating the answer to this question is an incredibly powerful and empowering process that infuses your life with long-lasting passion.

Now that you have had time to reflect, I ask the question again:

• Who are you?


I also ask this one:

• When was the last time you had an honest conversation with yourself?


Honour your self-image, your identity, your highest image of yourself. It's never too late when you view the present as a present. In the next chapter, you will come to understand a concept I coined: your internal compass™.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from LIVE YOUR PASSION by Melyssa Moniz. Copyright © 2013 Melyssa Moniz. Excerpted by permission of iUniverse, Inc..
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Table of Contents

Contents

Gratitude and Acknowledgements....................     vii     

Introduction....................     ix     

Chapter 1 What Is Passion?....................     1     

Chapter 2 Who Do You Think You Are?....................     3     

Chapter 3 What Turns You On?....................     13     

Chapter 4 What's in Your Rule Book?....................     17     

Chapter 5 What's Love Got to Do with It?....................     23     

Chapter 6 What Is Your Personal Philosophy?....................     29     

Chapter 7 How Do You Spend Your Time?....................     39     

Chapter 8 Will You Live Your Passion?....................     45     

Bonus Section....................     51     

Planning Your Success Quicklist....................     51     

How to Create a Crystal-Clear Mind-Set....................     52     

Passion Criteria....................     53     

Suggested Reading List....................     55     

Glossary—Clarifying List of Terminology....................     57     

About the Author....................     61     

Call to Action – Will You Live Your Passion?....................     67     


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