11/06/2012 01:42 pm ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

What's Your Passion? Isn't It Time to Reinvent Your Life and Do Something You Love?

Sometimes we forget what we love as we go through the motions of life. Did you love to ride horses, play the guitar, sing in the car with the windows up, dance to your heart's content, travel the world?

What was it that made you excited 20 years ago? We talk about reinvention, but sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. It takes a little effort to reconnect, but when we do it's worth it. Sometimes we need an outlet, some beauty, a challenge to truly feel alive and energized. The same old routine can drag us down and cause us to stop realizing our own potential and all that life has to offer.

Pursue your passions and make them work for you. Growing up you might have been told not to waste your time painting, playing the drums, dancing or pursuing some passion you had because: "You won't make money doing that -- get a real job..."

Well, I'm here to say the opposite and declare that it's time to reignite those passions and interests and make them an essential part of your life. What would you do if you had the time? An opportunity to dream a little? Is there a hobby or skill you want to pursue? A place you want to travel? A language to learn? A new exercise or sport you've been anxious to try but just haven't?

Why not today? What's stopping you? Who's stopping you?

Make a list -- an action plan. Be detailed and approach it in baby steps if you have to, but inch toward it, and the more you get into it, the faster you'll move toward your goal.

There are so many resources at our fingertips today. We've seen people start businesses using the Internet for legal documents and case studies, for researching a topic of interest or the closest yoga studio.

Talk to your friends -- mainly the ones that will support you, not tell you you're crazy. Put one foot in front of the other and go for it! Little steps will go a long way, so don't feel like it has to be all or nothing.

So what's your passion? Touch it and feel it a little... the rest will follow.

"Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -- Harold Whitman

Enjoy, and happy reinventing!

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