Turning Passion into Action is Good for You & Good for the Planet
Forget the Search & Get to the Heart of the Matter
Purpose is why you are here and passion is how you're going to get there. It is in essence your ultimate hero's journey. Purpose is what motivates you to get out of bed, to take care of your kids, to serve and to be your best self. Passion is what you choose to do with ease and joy to actualize you greatest purpose. For example, my purpose is to share love and joy and one of the ways I share that is through my passion of connecting others through story in the media.
See Jane Do serves both as a platform for women's voices and more important, our program supports women to recognize their true worth and value, the purpose they hold in life. Eleven years ago when I left the corporate world and a salary that was more than my husband's to take care of my daughter, I faced the harsh reality that in a broken system my value and worth just decreased drastically. Rather take the route of self-pity I figured, "If not me. Who?" and created See Jane Do as a solution oriented program that highlighted everyday women's greatest passions and stories.
Flex Your Purpose Muscle
Living out your purpose is like learning to how play the piano; the more you play the better you get and the easier it becomes. How many times have you created a specific vision or goal and then shortly there- after became frustrated because it hadn't happened yet. More often than not your purpose driven dream requires constant intent and movement. It's also important not to get hung up on the details. As a hero in your own life it's up to you to identify your goal but not necessarily the steps of how you're going to get there.
How Do Your Daily Rituals Reflect Your Purpose and Passions?
So you take baby steps and sometime big leaps but either way you're moving your passion into action on a daily basis to create the shift both in yourself and the world. About a year ago I felt slightly stuck. I wanted to share my passions with ease but honestly it didn't always feel that way.
Lesson #1, I realized that living out my purpose is a whole body experience and I actually had to move my body in order to co-create a movement. I started implementing daily rituals like going on a walk. Around this time my good friend, a marathon runner, asked me to participate in the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon. I love this event and it was a great reason to get fit so I decided to go for it. You have to understand that I was not a runner, I hadn't swum laps in ages and I didn't have a bike. My goal was to finish and take care of myself. Not only did I finish but my entire mental, spiritual and physical well- being changed drastically. By flexing my purpose muscle I felt more confident, had more mental clarity and was more productive.
Anytime I'm faced with a big decision or a challenge I ask myself how the task is connected to my purpose. Does this action en- able me to share love and joy? Or if the task is part of my daily routine such as, buying groceries for my family, rushing to pick up my daughters at school, discussing finances with my husband, I flex my purpose muscle and again ask, "How can I move through this with love and joy?"
There is Only One You
How many times have you thought, "Why doesn't my life look like his?" Or someone told you, "That's been done before." No matter what you choose to take on; writing a book, organizing a rally, becoming a massage therapist or joining the professional speaker circuit, there is only one you. No- body else was born with the exact same gifts as you were. Nobody else has experienced life quite the way you have, so go for it.
I Found My Story, Now What
Are you going to listen to the stories from your head or your heart? It's easy to get into the pattern of making up stories in our head that aren't even true. The best part is that your heart has the answer. It turns out that confidence is the result of moving our thoughts into action, even if you fail! Yeah, failure is an important part of living out your greatest purpose, it's you hero's journey after all.
I've had the privilege of connecting with hundreds of women and incredible storytellers. One of my favorite interviews was with activist & author Jane Roberts, co-founder of the 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Bush Administration refused to release 34 million dollars to the UNFPA. Jane took action into her own hands and sent an email to her friends asking them to contribute one dollar to the UNFPA. Her story quickly spread and within weeks hundreds of thousands of people mailed in one dollar to the program. Jane's mission is still going strong and the administration eventually reinstated the funds. The power of many, the power of telling a story and the power of an everyday person taking action can have an incredible impact.
It's Your Story to Tell
The last question I always ask every guest I've interviewed is, "What is your message to women around the world." So, here's my message: You've been waiting for this moment your entire life and you're the hero we've been waiting for. Can you risk not ever living up to your fullest potential? The broken systems we currently live in were once dreams too. I believe it's our time to create the new dream and lean into our own style, our greatest gifts and talents. The world needs you now more than ever. What are you waiting for?
It's your time to put your passion into action.
Elisa Parker is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning radio program, See Jane Do. Serving as an activist for women, social justice, & the environment, Elisa's work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories & solutions in each of us. As a media maven her passion is connecting others through story. She hosts her weekly show for radio station KVMR & is the co-founder & director of the Passion into Action™ Women's Conference, TEDx GrassValley and the See Jane Do Media Lounge. www.seejanedo.com.