When was the last time you were genuinely passionate
about something? Was it related to your work or your personal life? Did it
revolve around yourself or others? There is rarely a greater feeling of
excitement when your heart and soul are part of something you truly believe in,
desire for, and trust can make a positive difference in the world around you. Passion
is defined as, “strong and barely controllable emotion, a state of outburst of
such emotion, an intense desire or enthusiasm for something”. Passion is the spark that ignites the
fuel to power you to the fulfillment of your aspirations. The fruition of a cause
or desire you are passionate about results in an expression of joy and
happiness that is unsurpassed. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat
demonstrates how powerful passion can be in regard to human emotion.
passion there is apathy and boredom, both of which stifle personal and
professional growth. We have all met individuals who are miserable, dislike their
job, distrust everyone, and in turn display their personal dissatisfaction
through their negativity, doubtfulness, excuse making, and destructive
behavior. In many cases the destructive behavior tends to be directed toward
the people that matter most in their lives, usually their family and friends.
However, there should be caution with passion as well. Passion for passions
sake can be dangerous if there is no thoughtful consideration in regard to what
the outcome of that passion may be. Passion can be self-serving in a healthy
way, but when passion for something or someone destroys those around you, the
dark side of passion is revealed. Passion for self-centered desires at the
expense of others exposes an inner core of destructive character traits,
primarily a lack of personal accountability and personal honesty. Healthy
passion is never irresponsible, and should always be an honest reflection of
the values that comprise the individual.
It is also important to understand
there is a difference between passion and anger. Anger transcends passion when
in the course of being passionate spontaneous verbal or physical abuse becomes
apparent. Passion in combination with professionalism (emotional patience),
integrity, honesty, accountability and respect is a formula for true achievement.
Genuine passion is also motivating for others to witness and be a part of. It
generates a level of excitement, energy and enthusiasm that is not normally
experienced during our daily lives. Much of our passion is bred in the core
values we believe in. The issues, topics and people that create internal passion
are related to how they align with, or diverge from our core values. A leader
who is passionate about a core value they believe in will develop a following of
similar core valued people. Thus, a collective desire for something is
A common thread of feedback I receive following my speaking engagements is the recognition of the passion I have in the delivery of my message. I am always appreciative of that feedback, and I promise to those I inspire and myself that if I ever lose the passion for what I do, I will never conduct another seminar. To not speak from the heart would be unfair to myself and the people I share my message with. Five matches to ignite the spark of passion in your life include, * revisit and redefine the core values in your life that stimulate interest and excitement. They may include honesty, perseverance, integrity, and family. * find and connect with those who share your common values. Immediately there will be an increase in personal value because others are validating the essence of who you are. * attach those common values to a cause, a desire, or a dream you wish to be a part of, and initiate taking the steps to be involved in the process of making it come to fruition. * stay on a path of purpose that is ethical and contributes to the betterment of yourself and those around you. * anticipate how fun it will be to celebrate the rediscovery of passion in your life, and to continually enjoy a level of vigor in all you do. You are the one in charge of today and tomorrow, and passion for what you love and what you wish for should forever be a part of what it means to live a life of fullness and purpose.