Following Your Passion is so Old School

Patty McMahon, M.Ed
2 min readSep 18, 2021

Do what energizes you instead.

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I love writing! I actually get up early to do it. Part of my morning routine is spending 15 to 30 minutes in the wee hours of the morning to put my inspirations on paper. Well, in a google doc. That way, I can finish up any lingering thoughts from anywhere, anytime, any day. (Usually in the parking lot before switching gears to my teaching profession).

I also listen to podcasts or YouTube videos while getting ready. Recently I heard Mel Robbins talk about doing things that energize you. (Wanna her her say it best? Listen to the time code 17:30 on this YouTube Video).

When we say to follow our passions, we usually don’t unless we are motivated. When we do what makes us energized, then we are more likely to do said thing. Such as going to the gym. There are many days that I don’t want to do that, but if I focus on the energy I get from the activity, then I’d do it anyway. I think that’s Mel Robbin’s point.

When we focus on doing what energizes us, we will do it anyway, even if we don’t want to. Following our passion is there only when we feel it from the start.

Do you spend 30 mins working on what energizes you?

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Patty McMahon, M.Ed

Author. Writing about writing, alcohol free living, and other insights on life as it happens. @pmacinsights