What is passion? Well, the dictionary suggests it’s an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. It’s also described as a strong and barely controllable emotion.
I guess the big question is, can you remember the last time you were passionate? I’m talking, crazy passionate. Perhaps about your job, or a person, an objective even?
It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? It’s fair to say this struck a chord with me.
I’m an award-winning female entrepreneur, so it’s probably no surprise to hear that creating and achieving goals are essential for me and I genuinely don’t recall a time when I wasn’t striving to achieve something new. I absolutely love the feeling of achieving huge milestones in my life, both personally and professionally, it keeps me motivated and nothing is unobtainable, in my opinion. I value behaviours such as honesty, respect, and passion, so much so, these are not only my core values, but they sit at the very heart of my business alongside “family”.
So, here’s the thing. Following a heart to heart and a few glasses of champagne with my sister last weekend, we entered the topical conversation of relationships. We started discussing why some relationships work, whilst others, sadly don’t. Some need little effort and others feel almost impossible.
My sister told me, that she recalled a conversation had with her English teacher some 24 years ago now and more importantly, it stayed with her, she’s never forgotten it. During a literature class, the students were debating what the differentiator was for a couple being A) just good friends or B) something more, something special. The class threw lots of obvious answers in the mix, but no one came close. The teacher replied, “It’s Passion”. “Passion is the differentiator, the game changer, that’s what creates a successful relationship or helps you achieve a desired goal or outcome”. This blew my mind. So simple, but so true.
We can all take a second to recall our own personal life milestone. A new job, a promotion, saving money for a new house, entering a new relationship, having a child, starting a business etc. At every step of the way passion had to be present, surely? No one turns up to an interview with their glass half full. They present the best version of themselves. The strong, confident, passionate one that will convince the employer that they will add value to the company.
Passion is the fuel that inspires and drives people towards specific goals, no matter how unlikely or difficult they might be. It generates the enthusiasm needed to plow through the biggest obstacles and overcome the most intractable challenges. It inspires loyalty, teamwork, hard work, and, eventually, success.
It helps us persevere through challenges. For example, if you have little passion for your job, it’s very difficult to push through hard times. It’s the same with relationships. If we spend our lives concentrating on what is wrong with a partner as opposed to passionately throwing ourselves into the relationship, the chances are it will eventually fizzle out.
Passion for your work is all about motivation and getting turned on by a job well done, and feeling rewarded for your effort and achievements. It’s about being driven to succeed, setting goals and making them come true, and working so hard that you don’t even notice the time passing.
People with a passion for their work often achieve a state of bliss that others don’t get to experience without a cheeky bar of dark chocolate or a long, loving kiss. Passion for your work can take you places that you may not get to experience if you go about your work with mediocre commitment and half-hearted effort.
My point here is simple. Live everyday with passion. Reignite that fire and give everything 100%. You’re in the driving seat of your life. Great relationships and great results don’t happen by chance, we must work hard for them and give it everything we’ve got.
If you’re questioning your job right now, a partner even, I’d encourage you to look in the mirror and ask yourself the following: Am I passionate and more importantly am I showing it?
It’s a genuine choice!
If we make the choice to be passionate, the chances are, we will see the gift in all aspects of our life!
It’s a superpower, so why not embrace it!