Success of Goals Through Your Passion

Mountain Climber climbing against rocks

Truly passionate people succeed in reaching their goals. This goes for any avenue you pursue during your hopefully long and healthy life. Whether it is work, relationships or raising awareness – you have to have the passion before you can get anywhere. So, how to do you maintain that passion for a social cause such as organ donation or cystic fibrosis (CF) awareness when life seems so status quo these days?

Honestly, it is something that I find myself struggling with frequently. We have overcome both the CF illness and Greg is almost 5 years post bilateral (double lung) transplant but both causes are still near and dear to our hearts. The problem was always trying to decide which cause to put our hearts and souls into. Since people are more efficient in devoting themselves to one goal at a time, what happens when you try to divide that goal? Yes, you can help multiple people but are you helping them as much as if they had your undivided attention?

The short answer is no.

So how do you know which goal to strive for? You follow your strongest passion. Whether it is for breast cancer awareness, multiple sclerosis (MS), autism or even organ donation awareness – your heart will never lead you wrong. And, honestly, people know when you are passionate about something and will follow that passion towards a cure for your cause.

The problem is that we are now a world of multitasking – believing that we can get everything done if we do multiple things at once. Sure, you get them done but are usually left to do them over because you messed something up along the way. The passion is the driving force – what makes you strong and gives you life?

I can use the numbers to help me decide which cause to follow – over 30,000 people with Cystic Fibrosis and over 104,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. However logical this may be, it is not what speaks to my heart. My passion does lay with both causes and that is why mono-task (uni-task) for both.

During the year, my passion and efforts are all for raising organ donation and tissue transplant awareness. However, every May I get a small team together to walk in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk and raise money to find a cure. This allows me to focus on the gift of life and help others realize the miracle of organ donation and during the months of April and May, I put my website pursuit of this cause on temporary hold while fundraising for CF.

For me, there is no divide as my husband may be a double lung organ transplant recipient and he continues to be a person with Cystic Fibrosis in the rest of his body. Both are my passion and to give them my all, and concentrate on one goal at a time, this separation of causes works perfectly for me.

What is the goal you strive for? What is your passion? What do you do to focus on your goal and let nothing stand in your way?

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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