“My mission is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style” – Maya Angelou
How passionate are you about your personal and work life? Did you know that about 80% of people are disinterested in their work and get no enjoyment or pleasure from it yet remain in their jobs? They remain in jobs because they are surviving, and not thriving. Maya Angelou had a similar idea when she wrote the quote above.
My first response is to say that fear of stepping out of our comfort zone is the real culprit, but it could be a lack of courage and insight. It could equally be that the driving force or passion simply is not there. That first love has disappeared and the enthusiasm cannot be revived.
To be passionate means putting every thing we’ve got into whatever we are doing. It means doing the best job with the tools in our hands. It means having the urge and the determination to keep going despite the hard knocks that life can throw at us. It is being positive, and developing patience and perseverance. To my way of thinking, passion is being fired up like a car with all cylinders going.
Here is my personal story that illustrates the difference between passion and mediocrity:
I was in my early thirties when I began my career in social work. I was a single mum because I lost my husband in a tragic and meaningless car accident. Faced with the task of raising my son, I was passionate about creatiing a life for both of us. I worked hard, made sacrifices and kept focused. I overcame many hurdles and every block that stood in my way. I went on to become a manager, a social work lecturer, a freelance trainer, completed an MPhil, wrote a book, gave keynote speeches in the UK and the USA and completed a PhD over a period of ten years, while working full time. I became a life coach when I realised the immense strength I had for connecting with people and coaching them towards their goals. I got the feedback that I showed passion simply by the way I presented myself. Once I feel passionate, I will make whatever I am doing into my purpose. I think about the difference I can make to other people’s lives and that keeps me on task.
How about you? How passionate are you and how does your passion help you to fulfil your purpose?
What is your passion and how can I help you to find and express it in your own unique way and with style?
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