“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” -unknown “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~Bishop T.D. Jakes “Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.” ~Abraham Lincoln “There’s no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.”~Nelson Mandela
That is excellence.
Excellence is working from the heart.
Passion fuels the effort.
The result is a job well done. Quality.
The reward is satisfaction.
It is not perfection.
For perfection drives the soul.
Criticizes and shames the heart.
The result is unrecognised quality.
The reward is often dissatisfaction -being left believing you still missed the mark.
Doing your best with who you are and the skill you have at the moment is all you can expect of yourself. Applying a standard of excellence to what you do provides you the opportunity to keep learning, gaining and obtaining more skill.
Expecting only perfection is stressful, discouraging and pressure. You may be tempted to not even try unless you are convinced you won’t make a mess of things.
Take the pressure off of yourself.
Do your best.
And you can’t lose.
“passion empowers me to do that thing i was created to do?”, you might ask.
“great…give me an order of passion and super-size it then”.
unlike courage, wisdom or skills, you can’t just gather passion.
passion is what compels your heart.
passion is what moves you out of your comfort zone and makes you willing to plunge into ambitious, creative endeavors.
passion inspires you to put more energy into something than is required.
passion encourages you to persevere even when it’s reasonable to quit; when there’s lots of evidence that it will never work, there’s no proof that it will, and from the outside, no one could blame you for giving up.
passion empowers you, compels you, inspires you and encourages you- giving you no other option but to keep nurturing “that thing” you were created to do with no promise of tangible success.
feel like you’ve lost your passion?
ask yourself the proverbial question,
“if i knew there was no way I would fail, what would I do?”
“if money were not an issue, what would i do even if i couldn’t earn money doing it?”
what is my passion?
i’m passionate about the heart of women and people in general.
i am passionate about the person that others have written off, the person nobody believes in, that no one thinks anything good could come out of them.
i am passionate about seeing the amazing possibilities within the heart of a person who is hurting and feeling hopeless.
i am passionate about encouraging the broken heart to work through the pain it has experienced and move forward on the journey of life and reach it’s fullest potential for wholeness and well-being.
it consumes me…inspires me…thrills me…
it feels like my purpose and makes the journey i’ve been on make sense.
now, it’s your turn…
what is your passion? what is it that empowers you to do your “thang”?
please leave me a comment below and share your passion with me. help me spread a little inspiration.