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It Starts With Passion: Do What You Love and Love What You Do



It Starts With Passion: Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Keith Abraham

ISBN: 978-1-118-51272-2 July 2013 Wrightbooks 240 Pages


How to ignite your passion, live with purpose, and succeed in life and business

No matter what you want to achieve in life, the secret to doing it is passion. For people to be happy, they need to find meaning in what they do and in the roles they play in their lives, careers, and communities. When we identify the personal passions that drive us, the byproduct is focus, satisfaction, and achievement. But it's not always easy to find our passions.

In this book, Keith Abraham shows you how to ignite the passion in your life, as well as in the lives of your colleagues, employees, and associates. He includes in-depth research, easy-to-understand concepts, inspirational stories, and clear visual models to show you how to find out what's meaningful to you and pursue it with passion and energy. In the process, Abraham shows you what you can achieve when you align your purpose, passion, and personal goals.

  • Offers effective advice on how to inspire passion and purpose in yourself, your colleagues, and your employees
  • Written by a Certified Speaking Professional and bestselling author of self-help titles
  • Ideal for business owners and managers who want to inspire better performance in their teams

When you understand the "why" of what you're doing, the "how" becomes the easy part. This handy, enlightening guide shows you how to find your "why" so you can make your "how" happen.

Preface ix

Introduction: The 4 parts to creating a passionate life xi

Taking Control xvii

Part 1: Meaningful — creating certainty in your life 1

1: Find your why 3

2: Creating real wealth 9

3: Being out of balance to be inflow 11

4: The 6 emotions of achievement 17

5: The 6 ways to create certainty in your life 25

6: How people lose their passion 31

7: Reconnecting with your passion 34

8: What’s the big picture for you? 38

9: Creating your life to do list 41

10: Lifetime dream examples 46

Part 2: Milestones — creating clarity in your life 55

11: S.M.A.R.T. goals don’t work! 57

12: Driving emotions 61

13: Feel — Think — Do . . . true goal alignment 65

14: Putting the Feel — Think — Do process to work 71

15: Determining your driving emotions 79

16: Mapping out the milestones 82

17: Turning dreams into destinations 86

18: Creating the road map for the year ahead 93

19: Recognise, reflect, reset 100

20: Letting go of expectations 105

Part 3: Mindset — gaining confidence in your life 109

21: Who’s! stopping you? 111

22: Your plate is only so big 117

23: Real education is igniting what’s inside you 122

24: Fill your mind with transforming information 126

25: The power of positive association 129

26: Create time & space to think 132

27: Readers are leaders! 137

28: Sit at the feet of a master 140

29: There is no substitute for experience 144

30: You are a great investment 148

Part 4: Momentum — living consistently in your life 155

31: It’s not about motivation, it’s about creating momentum 157

32: Defeating the greatest robber of self-esteem 163

33: Understanding how you like to focus 167

34: Focusing on what counts 170

35: Stop trying to manage time 173

36: Recharging your batteries 180

37: Rituals create your future 183

38: 1% improvements 188

39: Bringing it all together 193

40: The first domino 196

Conclusion: Become the living example 200

Appendix: Insights — ideas — information — inspiration 208