Fanatic. Workaholic. Over-the-top. Insane. Sick.
Electrifying. Magnetic. Charismatic. Enthusiastic. Intelligent.
All of these adjectives have been used to describe someone who is passionate.
An accountant who works until 11 PM – workaholic.
A motivational speaker who gets her audience on their feet – electrifying.
A dentist with 5 times the amount of annually required CE – over-the-top.
A salesperson with customers waiting in line – magnetic.
It seems that there are some industries where it’s okay to have passion for your work, yet others where everyone assumes that if you’re in that industry, you’re there because you have to be.
The truth is, anything you do can be electrifying and profitable when it is infused with the power of passion.
Why is passion so powerful?
First of all, it makes you more informed at what you do, which typically makes you better at it. The better you are at something, the more confident you become. The more confident you are, the more magnetic you are, and many times, the more money you make. So passion can mean earning more money – especially in the long run.
Secondly, having passion for a subject is a lot more fun than just tolerating it. Imagine the cleaning woman who is enthused about her work, merrily singing and enjoying the process, compared to the one who is simply going through the motions.
Don’t be one of those people who goes through life performing only what is necessary to get through it. Follow these 7 steps to become more passionate about your life today.
- Imagine yourself being passionate. Whether it’s a particular subject you want to develop, or life itself, imagine your new, passionate self. What’s different? Do you smile more? Go to the gym? Greet others with more vigor? How does the passionate you look and feel?
- Start with something you are already passionate about and take the time to really feel what that feels like. I live in Kentucky where many people are passionate about our two world-renowned college basketball teams: the University of Louisville, and the University of Kentucky. If those people could take that passion they exhibit during a big game to work on Monday morning, oh – what a world that would be! Anything that you have fun doing will bring you that feeling that I’m talking about. Once you’re there, try applying that feeling to whatever subject you’re wanting to develop a passion for. Transference – in a good way!
- Read and research your topic. I can always get myself excited for a subject just by reading about it. Why do you think that is? Most writers are passionate about their subject matter. When they’re not, it shows. (Read – bores you to death!)
- Develop and enhance your skills in that area. Gardening enthusiasts can relate to this, but it applies to everyone. Beyond just reading about the subject, get hands-on with it. Developing your skills in an area will help you develop your passion. Doing more with your life will help you become more enthusiastic about your life.
- Ask, “what if?” Once you’ve become knowledgeable and have acquired a certain level of skill, challenge the currently accepted theories in the subject area. New inventions are created this way.
- Share your passion – teach others. You don’t really know something until you have to teach it. Teaching is also selling. When you have to stand in front of people and sell them something, you’d darn well better be passionate about it. Just talking about the subject can ignite that little spark you need to take your passion to the next level.
- Feed your passion by surrounding yourself with others who already have and share your zeal. Professional organizations quite often fill the bill nicely here. Not only are the other participants “freaks” about the topic, but these associations offer education and a chance to develop skills as well.
The most important factor in developing passion is a true desire to do so. So being passionate about being passionate would be the first place to start!
Until next time,
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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on October 31, 2008