Not only is passion easy to spot, it is also contagious; an energy that exudes like the energy that flows from one newly in love. Passion can’t hide – it sneaks out and springs to life when just barely nudged.
Unwavering determination – that’s how passion is described, or an internal energy to pursue what you care about deeply or what effortlessly gives you a sense of freedom. Dr. John Townsend describes it as “focused desire.” Regardless of how you define it, you know when someone has it and when it is lacking!
Passion propels you forward and keeps you on track. It motivates, inspires, and it energizes. All this allows you to focus in ways you might normally find challenging.
Surprisingly, many do not know what their passion is. Are you able to clearly state your passion or is it fuzzy in your mind?
Is passion something you recall having at one time, but has long since faded?
Without passion, life is less fulfilling, boring, colorless, and even emotionally flat. Lacking passion leaves you apathetic and stuck.
When my youngest son first learned to ride a bike, he declared riding a bike his passion. It gave him so much joy that he could not imagine life void of bike riding. It was a temporary passion.
Passion is not a temporary enthusiasm for something; it is something bigger that fuels you over a long period of time.
My passion for reading has stood the test of time. Even before I was able to read on my own, I was drawn to books. All these many years later, I am still drawn to books. All kinds of books – my crowded bookshelves are proof. My passion for reading is tightly connected to one of my top five values: learning.
Creativity is another passion that has had longevity in my life. When I am not engaged in some kind of creative activity my heart feels it! My creative passion comes out when I am painting, decorating, crafting, writing curriculum, developing a workshop, or even designing a Facebook post.
⇒ Discovering Your Passion
What are you passionate about? Answering that can be tricky. Sometimes what we are passionate about is so much a part of us that we miss it!
Ready to proactively identify your passions?
- What topic causes you to come alive and get more animated when you talk about it? You speak faster, gesture more, and lean into the conversation.
- Think back in your life to a time when you felt fully alive; where time slipped away unnoticed when you were engaged in this activity. What were you doing?
- Look around you. Any clues in your environment? What interests, hobbies, etc. are reflected that excite you?
- If money (or time) were not an issue; what would you pursue?
- Enlist the help of those close to you that you trust. What would they describe as your passion?
- Pray and seek God’s insights. What does He view as your passion?
⇒ Guarding Your Passion
Identifying your passion (or passions) is just the beginning. Without intentionally making space for your passion, it will fade! Just because it is energizing and motivating doesn’t mean it will linger without deliberately weaving it into your life.
Here are few ways to guard your passion:
1. Stop worrying about what others think!
Passion is uninhibited. Free! Willing to take risks and explore. Nothing kills desire or distracts your focus like worrying about what others think. Remember, passion is “focused desire.”
2. Resist comparing yourself to others
Passion comes from within. It does not copy others – that’s the outside dictating to your inside.
Being overwhelmed and too busy is a great big passion zapper! Pursuing passion requires space. It isn’t just about clearing your schedule; it is also about clearing away clutter and disorganization. Even too many hobbies or responsibilities can whittle away at your passion.
4. Resist Procrastinating
Passions are not meant to be perfected – they are meant to be enjoyed. Often, we procrastinate because we are trying to be perfect instead of being fully present and delighting in the process. Odds are pretty good that if you are procrastinating you are also worrying about what others thing as well.
5. Start thinking abundance
The lack of money, time, or resources can put a damper on your passion, but it doesn’t have to. Instead, let that fuel your creativity. Trust that you have everything you need to begin pursuing your passion.
6. Get support
The definition of support: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up. Life was not meant to be done solo. We were made for relationships; community. Who are the people in your life who will help to hold you up and encourage you to keep pursuing your passion when things get hard? It might be family, friends, or even a coach.
⇒ Integrating your Passion
According to Richard Chang, “Passion without purpose is meaningless.” How will your passion fuel your purpose? Your passion will give you the energy and focus you need to pursue your purpose. Where your life experiences, passion and the unique individual God created you to be (your personality, gifts, strengths, and values) intersect you will find your purpose.
My passions are what fuel my purpose. The woman God uniquely created me to be: to serve my family, reach children for Christ, and to influence leaders. My purpose is walked out in a variety of ways that reflect my passions, experiences, personality, strengths, values, and gifts. When those things all collide life is incredibly fulfilling! That’s what coaching is like for me!
How about you? What’s your passion? How can you ignite your passion so that it fuels your purpose?