7 Keys to Living Your Most Passionate Life

Are you unstoppable in the pursuit of your dreams?  Do you find that you are not even fazed by things that happen to you that others would find uncomfortable or be unwilling to tolerate?  More than that, do you always find the blessing in those seemingly undesirable circumstances? If so, congratulations, you are living your life aligned with your passions and are indeed unstoppable!

If not, then pay close attention, I am about to share the 7 keys to living your most passionate life, as discussed in my favorite book The Passion Test, by Janet & Chris Attwood.

1. Commitment ~ This is the foundation….the roots from which your journey will grow and prosper. It is essential that you have an unwavering commitment to living your life according to your passions. That you take responsibility for the life you have created thus far, and the life you are creating in each moment moving forward. To truly commit to your most passionate life, when faced with a choice, you must always choose in favor of your higher passion. It is not always the easiest shift to make, because we are a society that tends to put others needs, wants and desires in front of our own. But I promise, when you do start making your choices based on what will serve your highest self, you will see things falling in place with ease, and you will experience ever-increasing peace and fulfillment.

2. Clarity ~ You may have an idea of what your passions are, but are you clear beyond a shadow of a doubt where each passion ranks? If not, you might want to check out a post I wrote about identifying your passions ~ getting clear on their order of importance is necessary for you to make decisions with ease. This order is not something set in stone, in fact, it is recommended you retake the passion test every 6 months to take in to account the inevitable changes and course corrections that come up in your life. Clarity is essential to living your most passionate life, because as the book states, “when you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent that you are clear.” Without clarity, you won’t know what you’re committing to, so be sure to get crystal clear!

3. Attention ~ Last week I wrote a post on fear, and whether you let the energy paralyze you or propel your forward. This is a good example of the truth that what you put your attention on grows stronger. If you are focused on the fear and all the reasons your dreams won’t come true, well then you are creating the very things that you fear will happen to you! On the flipside, you can take the “fear” feelings and let that energy fuel you. By focusing your “excited” energy on whatever it is you desire on the other side, and then taking one baby step at a time, you will find yourself capable, strong and in the flow of your life!

4. Stay Open ~ Oh this is a big one. People who think they are living their life aligned with their passions and find themselves hitting roadblock after roadblock are often stuck on this one. Have you ever been so clear about where you’re headed, I’m talking so clear that you’ve laid out the step by step plan and you’re just jamming along, all cylinders firing, and then WHAM! Out of nowhere a huge boulder appears right in your path. Do you see that boulder and think that maybe you’re on the wrong path? Or do you re-assess, make adjustments, and do whatever it takes to figure out a way around it, over it, under it or through it? Because if you are to succeed on the path of your destiny, you have to let go of the way you think you will get there. You must stay open in each moment, trusting yourself and the universe to guide you. You have the clarity, the commitment and the focused attention, and then with consistent action, you trust that the how will take care of itself.

5. Integrity ~ Integrity is everything. I love how The Passion Test discusses integrity ~ “be as true to yourself as you are to others and as true to others as you are to yourself.” The challenge lies in following our passions while still meeting our responsibilities to others. This is where your commitment gets tested. Make sure that when you are saying yes, that what you are saying yes to aligns with your passions. Learn to say no lovingly ~ say “I appreciate you asking, and I’m not able to do that right now.” Be sure you say and not but ~ and connects while but separates. This makes a big difference in how the person feels about the communication. Subtle yet powerful. I cannot express how important this step is. Choose your commitments in accordance with your passions, and even then, choose wisely. Whether it’s with another person OR yourself, if you make a commitment, keep it! If something comes up, you can try to renegotiate, but if the other party isn’t able to, then keep your original commitment. Do this a few times, and I promise, you will be more careful about what you commit to!

6. Persistence ~ I recently wrote a post on the Power of Perseverance, and realize that I’ve viewed these two words as interchangeable. So I decided to seek out the distinction, and what I found was this: persistence means sticking to a course of action, while perseverance means sticking to a belief or idea (being steadfast or loyal). Based on that, I would say both words are needed here. It is true that many begin the journey and few finish ~ so persistence is essential. However, what keeps us in action, is our belief….our loyalty to our passions, right? When you are aligned with your passions, persistence comes easily. It’s like I talked about in the opening paragraph, when you are truly living a passionate life, the ups and downs will not throw you off track! You will persist until it is accomplished….well, at least as long as you are staying open! (see #4). 🙂

7. Follow Your Heart ~ When in doubt, follow your heart. I personally believe the key to massive success is to get your head and your heart in sync ~ when that occurs we are powerful beyond measure! Remember what we talked about in #3? What you put your attention on grows stronger! That’s why there is so much emphasis on mindset in personal growth & leadership development ~ the mind is powerful so it’s essential to keep it positive, healthy and clear. Use your heart as the compass to guide you, and your mind as the force to consciously create the life of your dreams!

At the core of living a life aligned with your highest passions is an understanding that it is about a journey, not a destination. It is about loving the process, and in doing so, trusting that the results will take care of themselves.

If you feel like sharing a great passion of yours, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! And if you enjoyed this post, please Retweet or Share with your friends on Facebook!

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41 Responses to “7 Keys to Living Your Most Passionate Life”

  1. Love the post! Number 7 to me is most important. If you don’t follow your heart everything else can be in vain.
    .-= Bill Hartman´s last blog ..The Beginning Of The End =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Bill ~ you are absolutely right!

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  2. Beth,
    This is a great post. I’ve read the Passion Test and put into practice the steps and principles. However, that was at least a year ago. You are right that you need to revisit your passions at least every 6 months. The fact that we just moved and have made a new start is a major change and my passions could be a little bit different now then earlier.

    Point #4 “Staying Open” is a key for so much in life. In the months leading up to our move we hit road block after hurdle after road block. We decided we had to be open to what was coming our way and find where the silver lining was in the events hitting us in the face. We stayed open and we found the perfect place.

    Thanks for this reminder. I’ve been reflecting lately on the fact that it’s time once again to revisit the things in life that are important and that I am passionate about.
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Honey….Did You Pack The Bags? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Don ~ sounds like revisiting the passion test is just what’s in order! That’s awesome that you & Terri were able to stay open and find that beautiful home of yours! Congrats!

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  3. Just as with any successful endeavor the systematic steps are so important. Thank you Beth for such a concise post on how to achieve a Passionate Life.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, it is always nice to have a system, a process or a guide to keep things moving forward. Glad you enjoyed it, Nelson!

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  4. Beth

    Once again you have written such a powerful post! I believe, like you, that if you can get your heart and your mind on the same page – you will achieve great things.
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Show Us Your Bright Shining Faces! – A MUST For Online Marketing =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Glyna. Yes indeed! 🙂

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  5. Beth,
    Fantastic information you share here. Living a passionate life is at the top of my priority list, so I can appreciate the value you gave in this post.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes Krista, I love your passion for life ~ keep shining it!

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  6. Beth what a great great post! I love when things can be broken out like this. But it all boils down to living and breathing with passion! My passions are interior design, health and personal development hence the purpose of my blog! And i am having SO much fun with it!

    Thanks Beth!
    .-= Eleni Liapakis´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Eleni ~ yes, living and breathing our passions. Thanks for sharing yours, those 3 make a very cool combination!

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  7. Cool stuff Beth. I love reading these insightful posts. You are absolutely righto on the money with #4 Stay Open. People so often can stuck in their way, the status quo, and leave no room for self growth. If you don’t stay open you could miss the love of your life or a million dollar opportunity. Ouch! Thank you Beth.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Ouch is right ~ but so true matty. Your comment reminds me of the Anais Nin quote ~ “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ” So true!

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  8. Great post Beth! Your 7 keys are so important to fulfilling your life. #4 is a challenge for so many, especially when they hit that boulder. We all hit boulders; it’s a matter of picking up the pieces and getting back on track.

    Michelle
    .-= Michelle Shutter´s last blog ..Network Marketing List – How To Build It Online =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Michelle ~ yes, and the sooner we pick up the pieces the easier it is to move forward. I’ve seen people wait years and years and then the pieces are so scattered that the struggle is monumental. Really important to do what it takes to get back on track as soon as possible!

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  9. Beth,
    I read the Passion Test a couple of months ago & it lead me to the Tribe. Best step I took!
    This resonates so much with me.
    Thanks for sharing this and reminding me to open that book again to clarify my direction.
    Val
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Who Is In Your Target Circle? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sure thing, Val! And yes, I remember that you too loved the Passion Test ~ we’ll have to connect and chat on skype sometime soon!

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  10. Wow Beth, this is a very powerful post! Thank you for such a great blueprint for living a more passionate life. I had some great takeaways

    ~Gabe

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Gabe, glad to hear you walked away with some valuable tools!

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  11. I love to read posts like this which really deliver something of value and show the way forward… isn’t it interesting that every one of us finds a different point the most important?

    I like the point about integrity… for me, without integrity and the following of one’s heart there is no point to anything, but many people live so far removed from the heart that they sadly don’t even recognise integrity… that’s why leaders like you are so important, Beth… Thanks so much for shining a light..

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    bethallen Reply:

    I agree Sandhan, at the end of the day, integrity is the most important thing to me as well. Your comments are sadly so true. Happy I could shine some light!

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  12. Beth…I appreciate the thoroughness of the post…not just a list but great content with each point.

    I too am a true believer in following your passions. We have an internal design to function at the highest level when the pursuit of our passions coincides with our relationships with God, ourselves and others…also when we connect our hearts/emotions with our heads.

    I am laser focused on certain things but truly my passions are varied. I love a great deal about life and am just as happy to pursue one thing over another. But…unless you can narrow things down and focus it can be difficult if not downright impossible to carve out a niche that is truly fulfilling and ultimately brings success.

    Thanks for all of your insights!
    .-= Bruce Backman´s last blog ..The Ring of Power-One Ring to Rule Them All =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Bruce, I too have multiple passions, and laser-focus is indeed the key!

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  13. Beth,
    What a great post!Your 7 points are right on the money. It made me think more about my passion and realized again that helping others with better health is my passion so I am in the right business.
    Thanks!
    Beverly

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Beverly! I’m right there with you! 🙂

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  14. Beth, I find myself being one of those people who get a passion and move forward unfazed by the challenges ahead! They inspire and motivate me. I enjoyed reading thyese steps and can sincerely relate with them in terms of goals I have previously set for myself and achieved as well as my new aspirations as well.
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..The Empowered Tribe- Social Proof =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s awesome, Julianna. Yes, from what I know of you, I see that loud and clear!

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  15. Excellent. I get so caught up in moving forward that I rarely step back to REALLY review where I’m heading…

    and how to get there… especially in the face of adversities.

    You did a really wonderful job laying out the foundation for our success, Beth. I am going to come back to this often, and take it step by step to be sure I’m on my own right path. Thanks so much.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Social Media Is The Key To Internet Marketing Success. Part II =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey David ~ as long as you are enjoying your forward movement, then you are likely on track with your passions! Keep truckin’! 🙂

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  16. I have to definitely check out The Passion Test! This post has me very intrigued. I feel so sad for people who a. don’t live their passions and b. don’t even KNOW what their passions are! Those of us in this community are so fortunate to be living our passions and helping others to discover theirs. Thanks for sharing so many details about how take that litmus test on our own lives with respect to our passions! And by the way, doing just this — reading and writing and interacting with others — are some of my top passions! 🙂
    Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..A Quick Little Spring Break Post about Passion =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Mary Lou ~ You will be happy you did, let me know when you’re reading it! Enjoy!

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  17. Yes, I loved the Passion Test too! And I really loved your 7 steps. It’s so clear, concise and really let’s people know what the key area are!
    As always, I love the way you write your articles, so clear and soooo passionate! 🙂

    My passion is showing people that “They Are More Than They Think They Are”; that they can have a successful home business, and also be healthy with Ease!

    Thank you for asking Beth! You are such a special person with such a warm heart.

    Aloha,
    Kellie 🙂
    .-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..Are You Happy & Fulfilled In Your Life? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Kellie ~ considering our passions are the same, no wonder we connect so easily! 🙂

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  18. Hi Beth, Great article! Definately the subject that I get excited about. I am about to launch a teleseminare series around this very thing!

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s awesome, Kimber! I am excited to hear about your teleseminar….seems we have some great things to connect about soon! 🙂

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  19. Thanks for this wonderful post. I reminds me of the book by Don Miguel Ruiz titled “The Four Agreements”. That particular book changed my life. Simple advice: 1. Be Impeccable with your word
    2. Don’t take anything personally (the most difficult one, but the most important as well)
    3. Don’t make assumption (has saved my a#$ more than once)
    4. Always do your best

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    bethallen Reply:

    Ah yes, The Four Agreements was a turning point for me as well ~ thanks for adding it to the thread of comments here, it is a great addition to the topic! 🙂

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  20. Beth,

    Your post is so valuable and motivating. I would really love to share this to everyone! Keep it up!

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  21. Beth, I love your post but I would add one more. APPRECIATION. Appreciation is where all joy lives. It is the greatest gift we give to another and to ourselves. Bless you for this inspiring blog post.
    Dawn Billings, CEO and Founder of http://www.Find-Success.CO and http://www.TheHeartLinkNetwork.com womens networking at its best.

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  22. Those living with passion have intense and long lasting energy reserves. They do not tire all that easily, as they are continuously recharged by their spirit.

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