Passion vs. Addiction

What are you passionate about? What could you do every day for free and enjoy every second of it? Are you pursuing those passions, or sitting on the sidelines addicted to mediocrity in life?

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You have the ultimate choice, no one else.

Passion

A passion is defined as a “strong and barely controllable emotion.” To me, passion involves anything that you are drawn to in a positive and enriching way. One of my passions is writing, and as you can see from this website, I have spent ample time  pursuing that passion. In pursuing this passion, I acknowledge that I can express myself freely, share ideas, and ultimately help those in need searching for answers.

Writing was not always a passion of mine. At a young age, I was more interested in competing in athletics such as baseball and football, and spent a majority of my free time pursuing those passions. As I got older, I began to expand my interests and discovered poker, and creative writing. I used to hate writing in school because of the required “structure” and “format” that had to be used in order to get a passing grade. We have our flawed education system to blame for this problem that many creative individuals face each and every day.

Discovering Your Passions

Finding your passions is quite easy. What are you interested in? Are you interested in it enough to want to improve your skills during your free time? Does participating in your passion give you positive feedback, emotions, and results? Are you committed to mastery of this craft? Answer these questions truthfully to yourself.

Pursuing Your Passion

Pursuing your passion is a never-ending process. It is a life long process, and if you aren’t committed for life, you might as well not even pursue it. You will get bored and quit, guaranteed. There have been plenty of hobbies that I have pursued, but never found a burning desire to continue pursuing. Without that desire, there is no passion, and there is no ultimate benefit to continue forward.

You have to be willing to work, and work a lot. The interesting part about working on a passion is that is doesn’t feel like work, it feels like entertainment and fun. If you are receiving no entertainment or fun from your craft, it is time to pursue something more fulfilling. Not pursuing something more fulfilling leaves you feeling empty at the end of the day. Feeling empty at the end of the day is a strong indicator that you need to consciously switch direction in life to something more valuable for your commitment of time.

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2012 WSOP Main Event Champ Greg Merson overcame harmful drug addiction to become the best in the world at his passion for poker.

Addiction

Addiction is defined as “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.” Addiction is something that many of us battle with each, and everyday. Some addictions are less harmful than others, yet still affect you in a negative way. Addiction is something that leaves you a helpless victim to your own mind. Your mind is a powerful tool. It works both ways, for you or against you depending on how you use it.

Overcoming Addiction

Addiction is a disease, but can be cured with proper healing techniques.Healing addictions requires 100% commitment to your goal, or you will fail. If you are not consciously seeking to heal an addiction, it will never heal itself. Poker pro Greg Merson committed to overcoming drug addiction, and in the process, won the biggest poker tournament of the year. Greg is quoted as saying “poker saved his life” because he could channel his focus on the game rather than his addiction. You can read more about his story here.

Passion vs. Addiction

Become addicted to your passion. Addiction to a passion eliminates addiction to negative paths in life. Become addicted to improving in your field of passion or craft. Become passionate about eliminating limiting beliefs from your mindset along the way. Use your mind as a tool, not a weapon.

These are pretty simple instructions for living a fulfilling life yet many of you will simply not commit to applying yourself. Stretch your comfort zone. Overcome the subconscious resistance to change. Know that it will be a struggle at first to adjust your life, but the end result is well worth the sweat and grind. Never settle for less than you know you are capable of achieving. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something just because they cant. When you succeed, show others how to do the same. Don’t be selfish.

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