FYI | Day 4 – Passion – Part 2/3

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information!

FYI: For-Your-Inspiration Month!

Your List

Okay!  Welcome back for the 2nd day of discovering our passions.  I’m assuming you have already completed your list of passions from yesterday, so let’s move forward!  (If you didn’t do yesterday’s task, read FYI | Day 1)

We are continuing with the technique from the book, The Passion Test.

Clear Focus

I am hoping your list is filled with an abundance of all your passions, but now, it’s time to be selective and pick out the cream of the crop.  The reason we didn’t do this yesterday is because I wanted us to step away from the list for several hours giving us a fresh take on them and allow us to feel which ones are right for us.

Why are we narrowing down our passions?  Remember what we said yesterday about being clear? When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear. What happens when you try to focus on a dozen things at once?  Everything gets lost in the mix and you end up not  efficiently focusing on any of them!

Here we go.  From our list of passions, we are going to narrow it down to our top 5, like this:

Step 1: Make sure your passions are numbered and start at the top.  If you could have #1 or #2, but not both, which would you choose?  Compare the two items as if you could only have one of them, this is necessary in order to get in touch with what is most deeply important to you.

Step 2: Continue comparing the passion you chose with the rest of your passions until you go through the entire list.  For example, if you compare #1 and #2, and you choose #2, then continue on to compare #2 and #3.  If #2 wins again, compare #2 to #4.  Get it? When you have reached the bottom, you can now label the remaining passion as Passion #1.

Step 3: Start again, and compare each one that remains, excluding your #1.  Always keeping the one that’s most important.  When you’ve gone through the list again, label the passion as #2.  Then #3.  And so on until you have your 5 most important passions.


  • Most people find that their first impulse is usually the most accurate.  Your emotions react faster than your rational thought.  For this exercise, go with your emotional reaction.
  • Be honest and do it for yourself, don’t put something just because you would expect other’s to have it.  The more closely aligned you are with what you truly love, the happier you will be and the more attractive you will be too those you love and surround you.  A lovely quote from the book states, “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things toward you.”
  • Refrain from deciding what is #1 or #2 without fully comparing them through the entire list.
  • You can make this list any time you want in the future, and don’t be surprised when your list changes!

Get on it!

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