I see the words passion and purpose being used interchangeably on different sites, in books, and in online courses, and every time the words are used, depending on the context, they seem to have a very different meaning. This can make things extremely confusing for someone who is trying to live their passion, or find their purpose. Are they one of the same? To me, no. To Oxford Dictionaries, no. They are worlds apart, and let me tell you why.
Definition of passion in English: NOUN
1. Strong and barely controllable emotion
1.1 A state or outburst of strong emotion
1.2 Intense sexual love
1.3 An intense desire or enthusiasm for something
1.4 A thing arousing great enthusiasm
Definition of purpose in English: NOUN
1. The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
2. A person’s sense of resolve or determination
The difference between passion and purpose is striking. Passion is eternal, passion is all about how you feel about something. Your passion is all you. Purpose however, that’s external. If you live your passion, then you’re purpose is what you do with it. Your why. Your mission. How are you going to change the world?
You already know what your passion is, even if you have forgotten. Your purpose is usually shown to you as you live your passion, step by step your purpose grows into something beyond yourself, and there is good reason why this happens. If you are told your purpose from the start, then it is highly likely your ego will shut down and become overwhelmed. You’ll become paralyzed to do anything with that information, because it is such a huge mission. You are here to save people.
// From their toxic relationships.
// From their eating habits.
// From their negative thoughts.
// From their destructive habits.
// From themselves.
So if you don’t yet know your purpose. That’s ok. A lot of people don’t. A lot of people living their passion don’t. That information will become available to you not only when you are ready, but when you ask for it. When you ask yourself, the piece of you that is the light, the piece of you that is all-knowing, then you’ll begin to understand. You’ll start to see how all the pieces are coming together. But don’t let not knowing your purpose stop you from living your passion, and a life on purpose. A life with meaning.
You don’t need to know the big picture of your life mission, to live a life on purpose.
So tell me, what are you passionate about? Do you know what your purpose is?
Remember, your purpose will always continue to evolve as you do, so there is really no wrong answer for this. As long as you feel alive, excited and joyous, and you live a life that is in alignment to that passion, then you are a shining example of what this world needs. More people that not only know what their passion is, but live it.
The rest will unfold. Promise.
Big love and excitement,