How To Supercharge Your Dream With Passion


The difference between having a dream and reaching your dream is passion.

Passion may not solve all the problems there are in relation to making your dream come true. I know that passion alone may not make everything work. But passion is definitely the hot wire of your dream. Without it you can kiss your dream goodbye.

No one without passion will ever successfully get ahold of their dream. So here’s the question…What are you passionate about? There’s something that drives you. That’s what passion does for us. It drives us. Passion pushes you forward. It compels you. It propels you.

What is it that does that for you? When you figure it out, you’ve found your passion. Once you find your passion you are at a good starting place to begin chasing your dream.

Passion does several things for us:

  1. It keeps us awake at night.
  2. It keeps us motivated when we might otherwise give up.
  3. It keeps our thoughts filled with ideas and possibility.
  4. It keeps us excited about tomorrow.

You are going to need all of those things and more if you are going to see your dream come true. I know that is what you want. So passion has got to be discovered and stoked. It’s like a fire. You have to stir up your passion every once in awhile or it begins to die out.

Building my home taught me a lot about passion.

I remember several years ago when my wife and I were just about to start building our house. It was a crazy time. We had never built a house before; but we really wanted to have something to call our own. I remember sitting down on the couch with my dad and going over house plans. The excitement was a feeling I’ll never forget.

A few months after those initial meetings, my wife and I went to the bank and got started on our loan. To this day I can recall how I felt when they called me to say, “you’re approved!”. It was a great day. Not long after that the real need for passion came. See, we had been renting a house for over five years. To be able to start building and make the payments we needed to make, meant we had to move out of our rent house. So we did. My in laws were kind enough to let us stay with them for what was supposed to be about three months.

Three months eventually turned into nine months! Much longer than we had originally anticipated. During that nine months, the thing that kept us going was the dream of having our home. Passion made me want to pursue my dream.

I didn’t know how to contract the building of a home; but I learned because of passion. I really didn’t know the first thing about actually doing any of the work myself; But I did it. My dad purchased a hammer for me on my birthday; and I used that hammer daily for nine months. Passion kept me awake at night thinking of ways to accomplish tasks that I had never undertaken before. Passion motivated me to get up on days that I might otherwise had given up. Passion filled my mind with possibilities. Passion kept me excited about tomorrow.

What keeps you awake at night? Is there something that makes it hard for you to go to sleep? If there is, it just might be your passion. When I first began pastoring my church I couldn’t sleep. My mind was alive with ideas. How could I reach more people? What was the best way to speak? Did God want us to do this or that? I would lie awake for hours just thinking. When it became too much for me, I would get up and go into the living room and write. There were entire notebooks that eventually became filled with ideas that passion drove me to dream about.

You were wired by God with something to be passionate about. Your passion is connected to your purpose. Remember, God created you with a purpose. He has wired you to fulfill that purpose. The fact is, no one can live out the purpose you were created for except you. The amazing thing about it is that your purpose is the bucket that holds your dream. Your dream is an extension of your purpose. Maybe you’ve never taken the time to investigate it fully. Maybe for you, your passion is food, or sports, or playing an instrument. Your passion might be collecting something or learning a new skill. The thing is, passion is a major contributor to your dream. So lean in to your passions.

For the longest time, I had a dream of being a writer. But discouragement kept me back from it. Once I gave in to my passions and started to explore them, through this blog…I haven’t been able to stop. You’ll be the same way. Your passion will drive you.

The difference between having a dream and reaching your dream is passion.

If you want to flip the switch and activate your dream, you are going to have to find your passion. It’s there. If you know the purpose you were created for you are already a good way down the road to reaching your dream. But here’s the thing…Only you can really answer the question “what am I passionate about”.

Why not take the time to explore the things that could be the passion of your life? Those things might just propel you into living the life you have dreamed of living.

Answer these questions for yourself:

  1. What keeps you awake at night?
  2. Is there something that keeps you motivated when it would be easier to give up?
  3. Do you seem to be an idea person, always thinking of new ideas? Write down two of them.
  4. Are you excited when you think about the possibilities of your future? Write down what you think your future would look like if you had the chance to live out what you are passionate about.

There’s a dream inside you just waiting to be supercharged by your passion. Why not start living it today? I really hope you will!

Have a great day and remember to share this post with someone who needs it…they will appreciate the encouragement.

Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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