Testing Your Life For PassionBy • Oct 15th, 2008 • Category: Extraordinary Lives
Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Don’t like the thought of facing the day and going to work? A survey of Americans found that 80 percent of them ‘lack passion in their lives’. Do you think this could be your problem? If you are wondering why other people seem to be enjoying their life more than you are enjoying yours, perhaps it is time to take the passion test.
Wealthy & Wise
The Passion Test was developed by Janet Attwood and Chris Attwood, who have years of experience helping people with their personal development; they have spoken extensively at events and seminars, have appeared on National television in the US, are best-selling authors and are co-founders of one of the largest online transformational magazines in the world, Healthy Wealthy n Wise. For over 30 years, Chris Attwood has explored human consciousness with his extensive research methods and by extensively studying Vedic literatures. Janet’s approach to personal development combines a blend of spirituality and useful knowledge that can be immediately put to use.
Their book, The Passion Test, that hit #8 on the New York Times’ Best Selling List, has just been released in paperback and is just one of many books and articles they have written.
“You are powerful beyond your imagination,” they state on thepassiontest.com website. “You have created your life, and the good news is, if you don’t like it, you can change it. Remember, your life is created first in your mind, then in the world.”
The Passion Test
Realising you control your destiny is the beginning point for people who want to get their life on track, or take it to a higher level – taking The Passion Test is the next step.
What is the test? “The Passion Test is a simple, powerful way to get clear about what matters most to you, and then a process to make these things the priority in your life,” Janet responds. “Because neuroscientists tell us the mind can only entertain five to seven things at one time, The Passion Test identifies your top five passions. The process then guides you through creating ‘Markers’, the evidence that will let you know when you are fully living your passions, and a number of other exercises so that by the time you’re done, you have clearly described what you choose to create in your life.”
Chris adds: “As we say in The Passion Test, ‘When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life and only to the extent you are clear.’ The Passion Test provides that clarity.”
Clues to Your Purpose
Chris goes on to explain why you should take the test. “Your passions are clues to your purpose in life. They are the keys that unlock the door to the reason you are here.
“Studies tell us that only 20 percent of working Americans are passionate about what they do,” Christ continues. “If you’re among those in that category, then you can’t afford not to take The Passion Test. It is the first step in connecting your life to your purpose for being here.” Janet points out that even if you feel you’re living your passions, you will want to take The Passion Test. You might be successful and happy but there are still things you can learn as Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series found out. Jack has taken The Passion Test a number of times and it led to his creation of the Transformational Leadership Council, which now includes many of the teachers featured in the movie and book, The Secret.
“When I did the work on discovering your passion with Chris and Janet in a workshop, I wasn’t expecting that much to happen because I am already living my passion,” Jack relates. “I was teaching others about how to become more successful. However, their powerful process took me to an even deeper place, where I realised I was not spending enough time with my true number-one passion – my family! That realisation, and the other work they did with me, has changed the way I have lived the past year.”
What can you expect to gain from doing the test? “You will take the first step in living a passionate, turned-on life,” Chris states. “You will have a tool you can use regularly to keep your life connected to the things you really care about.”
Janet says the next step is to practice the secret that guarantees a passionate life, “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passions.” She adds that studies of the most enduringly successful people in the world found that every one of them had developed this habit.
Passion or Fad?
How can one be sure they are really making a decision based on their passion, or if it is just a passing fad? Chris and Janet say there are three steps to help ensure you are making the right choice.
‘Intention,’ is the first step, they emphasise. That is having a clear picture of what you choose to create. This is the whole purpose of The Passion Test process. “When you are clear about what you want, it will show up in your life but only to the extent that you are clear about what you want,” Janet points out.
The next step they both agree is ‘Attention.’ “What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life,” Chris explains. “Give attention to the things that you choose to create. On a practical level, this means, do everything you can think to do, then come back to the third principle.”
The third principle is ‘No Tension’. “Let go of your attachment to the outcome,” they advise. “You only have control over the action you take never over the results. This is why one of the seven keys to a passionate life is ‘Staying Open’.
Like all advice on how to improve your life, the key is to actually take action take the required steps and make it happen. For those who have, the results have amazed them: “Before I did the Passion Test with Janet,” noted Marilyn Maxan, Vice President & Senior Financial Advisor, Assante Capital Management, “I was unsure as to what I was really passionate about and therefore not concentrating my efforts. Since doing The Passion Test with Janet, I now know what it is that will ‘rock my world’. Janet’s spirit, love, and unique ability translate into one very special gift to anyone fortunate enough to be near her. That gift is learning that your heart’s desire is right there for the taking!”
Janet and Chris co-founded one of the largest online transformational magazines in the world, Healthy Wealthy n Wise and a marketing firm that was responsible for arranging 36 of the 52 interviews for the movie and book The Secret.
Janet’s latest passion is working with homeless women in transition, and youth in detention centres, and recently created the CD series: “The Empowered Women Series” that is being distributed to homeless shelters in the US. Her “Empowered Teen Series” for youth in detention centres, is almost completed.
For her ongoing work with homeless women and youth in lockdown detention centres, Janet received the highest award for volunteer service in the US, The President’s Volunteer Service Award, from the President of the United States.
Chris and Janet are also founding members of Jack Canfield’s Transformational Leadership Council, a group of world-class trainers, authors, coaches and speakers that Jack put together after taking the Passion Test.
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Chris and Janet regularly spend time with some of the greatest transformational leaders, interviewing them on their passions. Their ‘Passion Series’ of interviews have helped thousands of people learn the principles that lead to a passionate life. They partnered with Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen to create ‘The Enlightened Millionaire Program’ and are active members of Marshall Thurber’s Positive Deviant Network.
Put yourself to the test and find out what your passions really are, and what you are missing in your life.