Some of you out there are trying to find your passions, the solutions to what you need to get on top of your game.
One of my great passions in life is given to me by my blog. I take my time to write articles on topics that matter to me for people who matter to me, connecting with people all over the world. I write about subjects that I have a true passion for.
One of those people I have connected with is Baldychaz who writes, when he can, his blog called Rantings of A Bald Man. Yesterday I read his blog article Obsession or Passion? where he says “Perhaps I need the guidance of Larry Lewis to guide and explain, to nudge and nurture the bald one into how an obsession becomes a passion?”
So Charles it would be rude for me not to respond. Let me start by defining what I believe passion to mean. Passion is the underlying power beneath everything we do. In fact without it, we cannot find true success.
“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” Denis Diderot
Passion is one of the most important keys to success in any area of life. When your life is filled with passion you wake up excited about your day. You make the right decisions, you get more done in less time, and things flow for you. No success can happen without a person’s passion behind it.
Passion is a love of something. It is a strong feeling of desire to achieve something. It can be a strong liking for an activity. Passion can be like a rocket fuel for us humans. Your passion isn’t a desire for an object. It is based around an internal goal, something that you genuinely feel strongly about. Your passion will drive you forward, providing you with the determination and the persistence to carry on, until you find a way to succeed. Passionate people are driven to create as a way to grow and achieve their potential. They have a strong sense of self.
One warning when it comes to your passion is to avoid the situation where the effort and work you put in becomes the goal instead of the outcome. I think many ‘bloggers’ out there will understand this. With all the things we have to do, do we always keep our outcome at the front of our minds, or are we carried away with just doing the things we believe we need to do?
At its best passion gives you great joy and productivity. It reinforces our personal growth, and enables us to thrive.
Now lets bring our attention to a unhealthy obsession. What makes the distinction between the two confusing is that passion and obsession exhibit very similar behaviours. Obsession is a compulsive fixation with a fixed idea.
Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion.” Paul Carvel
Obsession is defined by the Oxford dictionary, as, “preoccupy or fill the mind of someone/ something continually and to a troubling extent.” When passion becomes out of control, it becomes obsession. It takes over your. It steals everything else away from you, it gives you no fulfillment, no purpose, no pleasure.
Being obsessed with something means, by definition, that you’re focusing on it to the determinent of everything else. When you’re obsessed with your work, you might not sleep enough, eat healthily, take enough exercise, spend time with your loved ones or anything else that should be important to you. Whatever it is you become obsessed by, it will be to the cost of other things in your life.
Lives fall apart as obsession grips your every waking hour, crowding everything else out. An obsession leads you to over-engage in certain things to the detriment of everything else. You can end up making huge sacrifices for your obsessions, such as your friends, Family, Relationships, Work, even failing to take care of your own self and well-being.
But when I contemplate the words of a poker playing, Pepsi guzzling blogger I actually ask myself, has he found his passion. I may be 49 years old, and for more years than I care to count up I have had a passion for personal development. But in the last 14 months I have found a revitalising zest created for me through this world of blogging. It has given me a new outlet, a calling. Each morning I excitedly check my Alexa rating, and then start tapping away at the keyboard until a new article has been created. I love it. Without this new line to my passion I think I would have a big hole. So anyone that looks at their life and feels there is something missing, needs to tap into the things they are passionate about.
Following your passions can be frightening and many people may question your sanity. I on the other hand believe that you owe it to yourself to take the necessary risks for a more fulfilling life. Once you find your passion avoid at all costs telling yourself that you can’t do it. I believe that you must go with your gut feeling and press forward to your dream. This way you will find a light at the end of the tunnel.
If you could do one thing to change your life, I highly recommend you find something that you’re passionate about. If you hate going to your work, or find yourself constantly lacking motivation, worse still you find life boring and monotonous, you need to start looking for how to realise your full potential in life.
If you dare to dream, dare to imagine the potential, and dare to actually look for what you love, life becomes so much more exciting and fulfilling.
A really good article for you to read is on The Stepcase Lifehack blog, its written by the brilliant Leo Babauta and titled How to Find Your Passions. A previous article of mine titled Do what You Love – Work your passions is worth a revisit. as is Without Passion you are just an Underdeveloped Force with Latent Possibilities.
Passion gives you the power to imagine, to plan, to work, and to bring your goals to a successful conclusion. Stay on the healthy side of passion instead of obsession, and enjoy the success it brings. Love your passions and live your life. Don’t let your passions turn into obsessions.
Now share with me your passions, or let us know if you’ve ever become obsessed with something. Comment away.
“If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.” Carlos Castaneda