“I’ve got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it….” I’m having a hard time starting this blog post because every time I think of the word “passion”, I start humming that LMFAO song from 2011….
According to Wikipedia, passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person.
In today’s post, we are going to focus on passion as it references to intense enthusiasm for what we do and the choices we make. One of the biggest questions when running your own company is “why?” Why are you doing this? It takes up most of your time, energy, money, and focus – so behind the why there should be passion. Passion gives you the drive to stay late, to deal with the difficult projects and customers, to push beyond your current knowledge and comfort levels. Passionate people usually want to achieve higher levels of performance and are willing to make mistakes and learn. Without passion, there is no purpose. Without purpose, there is no desire for growth or success.
Consider what you are passionate about. What drives you every day to want to learn more, to want to be a little better than the day before, to push yourself a little bit harder? Passion doesn’t have to be about work either, it could be passion for a hobby, a sport, a cause, family, a social undertaking. Having trouble identifying your passion? When someone is passionate about something, they don’t necessarily talk about it all the time, but when they do, you will see their faces light up, they become more animated and excited, they will tell you about how awesome they find this thing they are talking about. It’s often something you lose track of time while you are doing it and don’t want to stop – it’s something that likely fills you with positive energy.
There is an amazing blog post on Jack Canfield’s Maximizing Your Potential blog called 10 Life Purpose Tips to Help You Find Your Passion. There are some questions he poses to help you determine your passion: ask yourself what qualities you most enjoy expressing, think about times you’ve experienced the greatest joy in life. The question that resonates most is from The Passion Test:
“When my life is ideal, I am ___.”
Write and fill this out 15 times then carefully review each answer and make a top 5 list. From there, try and put these in order of most important to least important. This will help you identify your passions and give you a good start at creating the path to living a more fulfilled life. Some examples are “When my life is ideal, I am helping people be the best versions of themselves”, “When my life is ideal, I am cooking and sharing a meal with someone I love.” You can see how learning these stories about ourselves could help better guide us to spending more time and energy on the things that fuel our spirits.
I personally think these are the questions that help identify my passions “I feel good about myself when I’m _____” and “I like the person I am when I am ____”
Boxing is not an easy sport. It requires a lot of training, coordination, natural ability, physical and mental strength and commitment. It’s a physically taxing sport to train for and to compete in. Without a passion for the intricacies of boxing, nobody would do it. For those that love pushing their physical and mental endurance to the limit, challenging their strength, coordination, agility, and speed, this community is welcoming and supportive – often acting like a family. If you’re looking to ignite a fire inside yourself, maybe give boxing a try. There are many great boxing gyms in Winnipeg that would welcome you with open arms. Here are a few that we’ve tried…