I love that I am often the most passionate person in the room.
My passion for helping people develop new thinking and skills is what drives me to do what I do. It gives me energy and it’s what gets me up in the morning.
And I know I’m pretty lucky to have this.
I talk with many people who have lost their passion for their business, career or life. Some have lost jobs and with that their identity. Others have lost themselves in the noise of daily life.
For me, the word passion can be many things. It can be determination, drive, conviction and love. It’s an emotion and a feeling that fuels the fire inside me.
Without passion, you can't create and sustain action. When you have passion for something you love it even on the days you hate it.
How do you find your passion?
How do you recognise it and how do you harness its power to drive you forward?
“Passion may be defined as an inclination or desire to do something one likes to do or thinks is important to do” Psychology Today, 2017
It is so important to have passion
Well, it creates energy, it feels good and gives you focus to push through the challenging days and weeks towards your dreams or your vision.
The Tokyo Olympics start this weekend and this will be a great place to see the power that passion gives people.
Desire fuelled by passion is what brings the greatest results.
Without passion, an athlete would not put themselves through the training, the rigorous diet, the crazy hours or endure the injuries and mind games that come with a dream of winning gold for their country.
It’s the passion to achieve this singular goal that drives the athletes. No one would do all that training simply for the short-lived public attention.
At best there may be a cereal or an energy drink advertisement in it for them…maybe.
If you’re not an athlete bound for a future Olympics, how do you find your passion?
It may sound woo-woo but your passion comes from what’s inside you.
1. It’s about doing what you love.
Passion is doing what makes us feel good, happy and uplifted. So what lights you up?
Think about a time when you were truly happy. What were you doing?
And your passion is always about you.
It’s never about what we think we should be doing or what others tell us we should be doing. If I did what my parents wanted me to do I’d be working a job in a large company that paid really well but sucked the life out of me.
It’s working out what’s most important to you. What do you value in your life? What do you want to be experiencing more of?
What, if it wasn’t in your life, would make you miserable?
2. Review where your energy goes and what you focus on
Think about your current job and ask yourself, “Do I truly have a passion for it?”
If not your job then what subjects do you love to talk about and read about?
If there are things you love and hold as important that you’re not focusing on, ask yourself why not. Ask yourself what you could do differently to bring a little more of the things you love into your daily life.
What are your dreams for the future? What would your Ideal Day look like?
If you had to live one day over and over for the rest of your life, what would you want to be doing, where would you be living, who would you be with and what would you be feeling?
3. Chat to a coach
A good coach will help you dig out from deep within you, those activities, experiences and values that light you up. To shine a light on things in the past that you loved but put aside.
To identify and celebrate your strengths.
A coach won’t tell you to do this or that you should do that.
A coach is there to open your eyes up to the possibilities and what could be. They’ll help you make the changes and take the action to move you towards your Ideal Day.
But only if you want to take action.
There is lots you can do on your own to identify your strengths and motivations. All sorts of apps and planners can help you take the first step.
But how would it be to have someone who is trained to ask the questions you’ve never asked yourself? Questions that cut through your own self imposed limitations and doubts.
A coach is someone who’s not afraid to ask the hard questions and someone who can help you see new possibilities and opportunities.
Opportunities you can’t because of the noise of your daily grind.
Do you know someone who is looking for their passion? Please share this with them.
I hope you've got value from this, and if you want to start the exploration to find your true passion or how to apply your passion get in touch with me for a non-obligation, no strings attached chat.
Or simply send me an email to tell me about what fuels your passion fire. I love hearing what lights you up and gets you out of bed each day.
US gymnast Mary Lou Retton can have the last word today, “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit”
Go out and find your passion and light your fire.
Emma Taberner is a qualified Leadership and Executive Coach, Speaker, Facilitator, author and self-confessed Human Behaviour nerd. With over 20 years Supply Chain industry experience and 10 years coaching and mentoring frontline leaders, she is passionate about helping small business owners and their teams to understand how their behaviours determine their leadership and effectiveness in business, relationships and in life. Emma works One to One, with groups, both face 2 face and online.
When she’s not building future leaders you can find her flying small planes, being in the outdoors, growing her own food and hanging out with her husband of over 20 years.
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