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What is your passion?

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘passion’ as “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something”. Napoleon Hill describes it as “a burning desire”.

We all have passions – things that we enjoy doing so much that when we are engaged in them, time seems to stop. What are your passions?

In the business world this just may be your secret weapon. When things are tough and motivation is low, your passion is what will drive you forward to succeed.

Every successful entrepreneur has passion behind what they do. They believe in their service, their product, their mission. A piece of themselves goes into every part of their business.

Your passion is something that you truly want to achieve, something that you ‘lust’ after, if you will. Something that you think about night and day and that stirs up the true essence of you. It’s the difference you want to make in this world and what you want to create.

Follow your bliss

It’s this motivation that will get you through the most challenging days. You have unlimited abilities and with your positive attitude and boundless passion, you have the power to create your dreams. Passion is a powerful emotion, as is love, joy, hatred and anger. When it comes to your life’s work, what is it that you want to pursue? What is your purpose? Why do you want to do, what it is you dream of doing? Is it different to what you are doing right now? (ouch!)

In order to succeed in business, and in life for that matter, you must follow your bliss, love what you do and follow your passion. If things aren’t going well for you right now, maybe that’s an indicator for you to re-assess what it is you are doing and how can you realign it to your passion. If you follow your passion, you will be more motivated, and have more energy as opposed to facing the dread each day.

Identify your passion

Perhaps you know exactly what it is and you can begin building your vision of engaging your passion in your existing business or in your future endeavour. But for many of us, this thought process and approach is totally new and different, and we don’t have the slightest idea of what our passion may be or how we could create a business around it. If that is the case for you, it’s important that you engage your intuition, the innate wisdom that resides within you.

The first step is to take some time to be by yourself and get quiet. Begin to ask yourself these questions:

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What kind of business or endeavour do I want to create?
  • Along with my passions, do I have a purpose that I would love to achieve in my lifetime?

Allow your thoughts to float through the possibilities and dreams that might be hidden in the far corners of your mind. Don’t censor them. Don’t try to label them or put them ‘in a box’, simply let them come.

Visualise your business

And go beyond today into the future and imagine your life in two, three, five, eight, or 10 years from now. What do you see? Visualise your business. What does it look like, feel like, sound like and even smell like? What size is it? How many people work with you? What products or services do you offer?

As your questions float through your mind, a picture will begin to form and new thoughts will appear. Then you’re on your first step to defining what it is you want to create and why you want to create it.

It’s the ‘why’ that will give you your motivation to go after what it is you want to create. When you tap into your passion, all the hindrances along the way will seem like ‘small stuff’.

Take the leap of faith, and go for it. Dream big and just do it.

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2 Responses to What is your passion?

  1. November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Great post Paul, helps to clarify the real meaning of the word ‘passion’ for business. It has become a bit of an overused cliche though – is there an alternative word for this, as I sometimes cringe a bit when people go on about how passionate they are about their business? Maybe our products and services should demonstrate the passion instead, and the customer should be the judge of who is genuinely passionate or not?

  2. Ron Immink November 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    If this is of interest, I suggest you read “Mavericks at work”. Few other good books on how passion should become part of our education (will be your only distinctive feature on a hyper competitive labour market). “Out of minds” and “Poke the box” would be good reads.

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