There’s a telltale sign that helps you determine whether your dream is something you’re truly passionate about. Bring your dream to mind right now and ask yourself: Do I think about this when I wake up each morning and throughout each day?
It might sound like a simplistic test. But if you’re honest with your answer the question is an effective gauge of the authenticity of your dreams, because you can’t fake passion. If your dream is not your passion, you won’t think about it when you wake up. You won’t be excited about it all the time. This doesn’t mean it’s not perfectly normal to have hobbies and subjects that you enjoy from time to time. I have a handful of activities that I’m interested in. But there’s one major difference between those interests and my dreams: mind space. I simply don’t think about the other topics even one-tenth as much as I think about:
1) loving and leading my family
2) helping others through my story.
I still enjoy basketball—it was a major part of my life for a very long time. I’ll catch a game on TV or attend one live when I can. But I’d skip those games in a second over a chance to take my wife Kristie on a date or watch my son Cameron throw a baseball or see my daughter Kiersten spike a volleyball. And I wouldn’t think twice about skipping a basketball game for an opportunity to share my story, even with only one person.
Outside of loving my family and helping others through my story, there is nothing else I’d call my passion. I believe those two activities give my life its best chance to have the greatest impact on the world.
Now the question comes back to you.
What are you truly passionate about? When you find the dream that wakes you up in the morning and occupies your mind throughout the day, that’s when you know it passes the authenticity test and you’ll have the passion to see it through.