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Bring On the Passion!

March 8th 2010

Passion is an awesome subject as just the very word typically excites people!  The word represents such a powerful expression that it seems to raise the spirits just by its very mention.  Not only that, but there is so much going on to pursue, express, seek and develop passions in people’s lives it’s an excellent subject for personally development.  So what is passion?  Passion is a feeling or expression of great excitement and enthusiasm towards a subject.  It raises spirits and surges energy in however and whoever it is expressed to.  It’s incredibly hard to express passion by writing and I truly wish I was speaking this right now as its much easier to be expressive and enthusiastic with your voice, your body movements and actions.  Doing that with text is nearly impossible unless I started adding large flashy colored text, which I will definitely spare you the pain of.  So, you will have to imagine me speaking this with expressive tone, body language and enthusiasm!  Let’s get to it.

Welcoming Passion

Passion is not visible everyday.  For some it may be, but for most people, it is an expressive burst that is not a regular activity and so when it does show up, it definitely gets noticed.  Passion usually has a benefit of engaging the audience more, which is particularly useful when it is being expressed by speakers.  It makes everything more memorable and builds credibility for a public speaker when they show that they really are passionate about and care for the subject they are speaking on.  This occurs in all areas of life though, not just public speaking.  It can occur in your business, your friendships and even online.  Showing passions in these areas demonstrates with sincere meaning what you are emotionally connected to.

When you have the opportunity to see someone else express their topic or ideas with passion, how do you respond?  Do you encourage it, add to that excitement or make an effort (often subconsciously) to stay calm, non-responsive to balance out that person with a less expressive engagement?  I hope you add to that passion and even if you don’t connect with the content shared directly, you can certainly support the energy and willingness to bring that passion to you.  If you can share in that passion and ensure they know that you are happy to see the passion, by contributing your own energy, you really welcome the passion.  You can also welcome it by reminding people of passions and how you’ve enjoying expressing them or seeing it in others.  This helps to influence people to share their own passions and makes it feel a bit safer. In business this is especially true as we often are so careful to follow the rules and expectations of others around us, we often don’t share or express the things we really love.  Are there passions expressed in your business that could use your support and energy to encourage them?

Expressing Your Own Passions

There may not always be someone else around expressing passions that you can reinforce.  Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t add passion by sharing your own!  What are the things you love to do, love to debate, or have dreams of experiencing.  These are potentially areas of passion for you and they are great to express to bring more vitality to a group of people, friends or business.  Expressing your passions will allow you to reveal something about yourself and to encourage others to share their own as well.  Passions are often contagious because of the energy they activate in people.

Your passions are often seated at a young age in life and so thinking back to your childhood years (around age 6-13) what were the things that you most loved to do?  Where you a creator, inventor, story teller, teacher, dreamer, helper, connector, influencer or follower?  These areas as a child are likely the secret to some deep passion you have today, whether you know it or now.  It’s a sign of who you are or want to be and can often reveal passions not yet explored or dreams worth seeking that develop into great passions.  Expressing these stories from your early years is a great way to discover and express your own passions with others.

Expressing your own passions is sometimes risky.  Anytime you expose something that is meaningful to you, you risk being judged for that and it not being accepted.  The great thing with passions is that people are a lot more tolerant of passions than other characteristics of a person.  I think the reason for this is that when a passion is often expressed, it is expressed with deep connection and even love for that subject.  People tend not to attack or debate things we love and when a passion fits that category of something we really love, it is often protected from that social criticism just because we express the significance of that  subject.

Don’t Seek Passion, Bring Passion

Obviously you can share your passions and seek them out, but its just as possible to learn the symptoms of passion and how to express it, how to connect with a subject and how to feel the passion in areas you love.  Personally, I think passion can go much farther than what you love however, and that you can actually love to be passionate.  Once you learn to be passionate about something, you can choose to bring the passion to anything you do, instead of having to seek it.  Bringing the passion to what you do brings on all those great side effects of influencing people, gaining attraction and momentum because of the excitement and expression.  Even if you were not initially caring about a subject, bringing the passion to it can actually activate you to connect and to feel much more for that subject.  Passions don’t have to be things you seek, it can be something you simply know how to do and to bring into whatever you choose.  That’s what I love about passion and what I’ve learned by studying.  Of course, there are subjects I am more passionate about than others, but the ability to bring passion into anything I do helps me get motivated, stay connected and gain influence through that higher level of enthusiasm and energy towards a subject.  What area of your life do you wish you had more passion for?  Is there a passion you have learned from that you can mimick and bring the benefits of into new areas of your life?  Please share yours!

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Making Money on Purpose

February 17th 2010

Purpose is a wonderful topic to explore, and I believe that it’s a wonderful topic for every person to explore throughout their life.  Purpose is something that ought to drive everyone’s lives, and unfortunately not everyone takes the time to discover it for themselves.  Purposes also a much debated topic, and the notion of living for something that is greater than ourselves is not always easy to believe or understand.  Critics like to argue against purpose in that if you are really fulfilling your life’s purpose, and doing it not for yourself, then you shouldn’t be making money doing it.  I think you can do both, live with the purpose, and make money as a result, which is why I came up with that title for this article, “Making Money on Purpose”.

The Money ConnectionLife purpose and pathway

Since money is so connected in everything we do, it spills over into our exploration for purpose as well.  The question of, “Why do we do things?” and similar question, “What should we be doing?”,  unfortunately are affected heavily by money.  Making money at something is not necessarily a sign that you are not doing it for a reason beyond yourself, even though there are obviously many many examples where people continue to live a life chasing money instead of a greater purpose.

The Blinders of Money

Money and materialism puts blinders on all of us.  Those blinders prevent us from seeing the big picture of life and we are stuck seeing only the next object in our life, the next promotion or the money attached to the things we buy, the time we spend and the places we go.  We fail to see the value to others and the value to God in what we do, what we work towards and what we spend our money on.  The value in those areas however are a direct sign of how we are living our purpose and we ought to consider them more carefully.

Making Money on Purpose

If we can see the connection of money to purpose and remove or at least reduce the blinders we experience in how we value money, we do have the chance to make money with our purpose in life.  Purpose is not by how much money we are, but by how we go about doing it.  It is possible to make money or earn a living while working towards a purpose beyond ourselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that if it’s the purpose that motivates us and not the money.

Being able to connect our passions, vocation, and relationships to a greater purpose is an incredibly fulfilling path to follow, regardless of whether money is earned along the way.  Following a career path that utilizes the talents we each possess will make money on purpose, its unavoidable and there is nothing wrong with it.  Our God given talents are the areas in life that we have the best chances to succeed with and using them allows us to develop skills faster than in other areas with a much greater impact in the results we get.  They simply come more naturally for us, and will be far more rewarding when used in a life of purpose.

Purpose Creating Wealth

I want to take the idea of making money on purpose just one step farther.  Consistently living on purpose is the definition I use for success, and I’m certain that each and every one of us if we are using the best of our talents in a purpose driven life, will not only make money but also much greater wealth.  To me, money is a shortsighted view of wealth even though they are closely related because most people define wealth to be measured in dollars.  Wealth to me though should be measured by what you do with your money and how you do.  If we’re making money while living on purpose, the wealth we build will be determined by what we do with the money we earn as well as all the other benefits we will realize in the journey of living a life of purpose.

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Exploring Life Purpose

February 11th 2010

Life purpose is not something you can automatically know until you truly understand yourself and your talents.  Many people go through life and never discover their purpose and others go through many years of their life thinking they are living on purpose only to find out in their later years they were chasing something that had to lasting meaning to them.  Can your purpose really be something that has no lasting meaning?  I certainly don’t think so.

The Importance of Life Purpose

So, why is life purpose important anyway?  To me, life purpose is incredibly important as it is the driving force that motivates us, satisfies us, brings us joy and lasting happiness and demonstrates to ties directly to the meaning of success!  Most people want to be successful but they really don’t even know what success means to them!  Success is not something you go and achieve, chase down or earn at some point in your life.  I think most of you would agree that success is more about the journey in life than the destination of some ideal outcome.  Success to me is defined specifically by purpose.

Success is living consistently on purpose.

So, I don’t believe you can ever be successful if you don’t understand your purpose, and then life it to the best of your ability.

Seeking Life Purpose

As I mentioned, finding your life purpose takes time and a deep exploration of oneself.  You must ask yourself many questions to determine your purpose.  Life purpose is not unlike any other time in life where you have written or defined the purpose.  Perhaps, you can think back to school science experiments, or important meetings or projects in your work.  You face some challenge or problem and then you create something to solve that problem.  What you have created to solve that problem and how you will go about it is the purpose of experiment, or meeting, it is to solve the problem you face.  So, what about your own life?  What were you created for?  Are you here to solve a problem and fulfill that purpose?  What is the problem?  What are you hoping to solve?

Where Purpose Comes From

Obviously, I cannot tell you what your purpose is, I can, however, plant the seed for you to seek it and discover it but telling someone their purpose without knowing and understanding that person is rather judgmental and I don’t think has any useful impact.  I can tell you that I discovered my purpose through God, my Creator and that my purpose is to bring the Kingdom of God into all facets of my life by setting an example and living a life like Jesus Christ. I believe that we are each guided by our Creator and will ultimately find purpose through Him but I also believe that we each serve a purpose for a much larger problem and that not all of us will discover spiritual relationships as part of our life purpose. Some will find purpose in creating, some in building relationships, serving others, some in leaving a legacy, some in teaching, serving others, all without knowing where their life purpose comes from.  And luckily that is OK, because many people will follow a purpose in life and be completely fulfilled.

And by my definitely, if you are living consistently on purpose, you are successful.

Interested in the topic of purpose?  I hope so as I plan to write more and please go back and explore this article I wrote on the search for life purpose.

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How to Show Passion in Your Presentations

August 27th 2008

I’ve been just amazed lately at the caliber I see and interest I’ve had in some of the topics I watch from the TED Talks conferences.  One I watched lately was Robert Ballard on exploring the oceans and I was impressed to see what I thought was a wonderful demonstration of passion.  I love the topic of the video and the questions raised. It makes visible the ignorance humans have to something that is easily ignored right in front of us yet we desire exploration that is far more difficult, more dangerous and more costly by venturing into the expanse of space where our likeliness of discovering anything is dramatically less than that available right here in our oceans.  While that certainly deserves a topic and discussion on its own, I’ll leave that for you to ponder separate and bring things back to the topic of passion.

Ocean Exploration - TED Talks

Signs of Passion

Passion is extremely powerful in presentations as it helps to capture your audience and helps to communicate your message to them.  It reduces the chance of your audience being bored and ignoring or dismissing what you have to say.  The passion I saw in Robert’s presentation was not about the presentation images and content itself, but about HOW it was presented and what I could see watching it.  This passion was expressed in a variety of ways by Robert and they are worth noting as these can easily be used in your own presentations to convince and influence your audience.  The elements I saw specifically in this video were:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Movement
  • Love
  • Absorbed
  • Joy

Enthusiasm

Getting exciting, make your audience see that you are excited and enthusiastic about a topic.  This catches the audience’s attention.  There was some expression in his voice, pitch changes, volume changes as he touched on each subject.  You could tell how important his work was to him as he expressed literally, how exciting his explorations had been and how excited he was with new plans in place for new research.  Even the sheer number of expectations and years he has been doing this, you can tell he has great enthusiasm for his work.

Movement

Another important item to show passion in your presentations is to have lots of movement.  Movement across stage for one but also hand gestures and facial expressions.  These movements help to express things more as well as keep the audience more captivated, which is exactly what you want!

Love

Love is something that is hard to see or recognize but I definitely believe that love is expressed when a strong passion is visible from a presenter.  Love for the topic at hand and anything that shows sacrifices made to have or achieve the topic of the presentation is an example of love.  The desire to share it with others and wanting to find others who love the same things is often expressed in a passionate presentation and this one was no exception.  Robert shows this when he highlights that a major focus is to involve the children in middle schools as well as universities to be involved with this research and exploration.  He wants to share it and see that the work continues and expands so that others can enjoy as much as he has.

Absorbed

Another key that I saw in this presentation that is often a sign of passion is how unaware Robert is of his surroundings and distractions.  This isn’t really the best speaking practice not to respond to the audience but it shows his passion when he continues with his message even when the audience gets loud and cheers or claps for him.  It doesn’t even seem to phase him as he just continued with his message oblivious to whether the audience could even hear him or not!  This can be a sign not only during the presentation but also in how a person lives their life.  Passion tend to lead people to ignore many other things that consume most people’s lives.  The daily distractions that bog many people down don’t affect people who are absorbed by their passion as they focus on only what really matters to them.

Joy

Joy might be close enough to love to be looking for the same signs but I find joy to be something that is continuous.  It isn’t a specific action or moment, its the feeling you get when hearing a person present or discussing things with them where you can see how happy it makes them just to talk about it.  All of these other passionate areas contribute to this as well and one clear sign is the shear amount of smiling and expression of feelings one has.  In the video above, the last several minutes are to me, an obvious display of absolutely joy with the work, joy with sharing it and joy with the thoughts about what is to come.  There are no reservations presented and every bit of Robert’s presentation is consistent and delivered in a joyful way.  His lasting smile that nothing could have wiped off his face when showing the impact this work has on children is testament to that.

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Passion Enhances Productivity

March 21st 2008

Passion is one of those things that can be explored from so many angles. You may be interested in one of my previous articles about finding your passions and expressing your passions if you did not see them. This article looks specifically at how passion enhances productivity. This could be in the workplace or in home/personal life, but there are definitely impacts on productivity when a passion is what drives a person in that area. Here are some of the ways that I’ve learned how passion enhances productivity.

Passion Increases Enthusiasm and Energy

A person with a passion always demonstrates higher enthusiasm and energy toward activities in that area than someone without such a passion. It’s something that makes a person happy and excited and it automatically brings a person to a more alert, active and enthusiastic level. This is a powerful productivity step and is very contagious. This drives productivity by having better feelings and positive energy for the subject and influences others to see what is important and exciting to a person. Enthusiasm is very attractive to others so demonstrating this with a passion keeps you motivated and much more likely to have the support of others. Have a look at

Passion Keeps You Highly Focused

People always spend their time on things they love when given a choice, so knowing and living your passions increases your productivity by keeping you highly focused. Its easy to concentrate on something you love to do since distractions are less important. It still takes additional effort to learn to avoid distractions, I just know that being in an activity that I’m highly passionate about is a lot easier to avoid distractions than if its an activity I don’t enjoy as much. Takes chores or housework as an example. I am definitely NOT passionately about keeping a prestinely clean house so when I’m tidying up or doing dishes nearly ANYTHING can distract me from that. On the other hand, if I’m reading a good book, something I’m much MORE passionate about, hours can go by where I completely ignore other normal distractions (even phone calls and people at the door).

Staying focused longer term is important as well. Passionate activities are easier to plan for, revisit on a regular basis and have a desire to be involved with. This ensures you have a long term focus on that passion. Whatever the activity is, you’ll be more productive if it is practiced on a regular basis. This could be sports, relationships or other skills and hobbies. The more time and focus you put to it, the more productive you can be with those activities.

Passion Drives Change

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Change is something many people fear. I’ve learned by studying passions though that people have many less fears about change related to something they are passionate for than other areas. Ask yourself a few questions about your own passionate activities and then the same for regular things you don’t really care for.

  • Do you look for new ways to get involved with that activity?
  • Can you spend more time on that area?
  • Do you research or learn more about that topic?
  • How likely are you to try new things related to your passion?
  • Do you want to be more productive in this area?

I think you will find that you are much MORE willing to change when it comes to your passions. All the factors related to passions and those in this article relate to changing the way you do things. This leads to improving yourself and enhancing your productivity.

Less Stress with Passions

Stress is a massive productivity killer. Stress kills focus, it worries people, distracts them, and generally doesn’t result in much useful activities. The good thing about passions is that they are a LOT harder to be stressed about when you are doing things with passion. Passions drives people to enjoy what they do, which results in LESS stress. Even activities and jobs that are thought to be VERY stressful, can easily be enjoyed by people who love doing that. This is just another reason why doing what you love and being passionate about it can help with both handling your stress and by enhancing your productivity since you can more easily deal with the stress and not have it overtake you.

Continuous Thought

Being productive at whatever you want to do requires thinking time. If you are thinking about that more and more, you generally have more ideas, methods and ways to approach a problem so that you can get better at that task or activity. This kind of thinking happens when you are truly passionate about something. You will live and breath that topic and constantly be thinking about it. At work, outside of work, when you wake up, when you go to sleep, when you’re involved in that activity and when you’re not. All this continuous time spent thinking helps you to be clearer, focused, more creative and ultimately more productive when it comes to actually doing that thing you love to do! This is very valuable in the workplace and its easy to see with the people who truly love their jobs, as they are not simply working 8 hours a day, but constantly thinking about their work (they don’t have to actually be working for this) and it pays off in their time at work. The same applies in reverse for things you love to do outside of work. Continuous thought caused by strong passions will definitely improve your overall productivity.

Creativity and Innovation REQUIRE Passion

Productivity to me and in my job definitely links directly to creativity and innovation. I have experienced that those who are more passionate about their work and truly love it, always are more creative and innovation. This leads them to produce new ideas, be willing to change and take new risks to improve things and it also helps steer and lead others where they may otherwise fall into a path of complacency. All of this happens more naturally when there is a passion driving individuals to do this steps. It is VERY rare to find innovators and lots of creative ideas where there are no passionate people working in that area. It can be found but it generally doesn’t last or at the very least, it doesn’t produce the same level of innovation that a passion based group would deliver. This demonstrates that continuous and high levels of innovation REQUIRE passion, and since those are important factors to me that bring about enhanced productivity, I believe that passion really is required to achieve this.

Do you know of other ways that passion enhance productivity? Please add a comment about it if you do. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Passion: Express Your Passions

December 24th 2007

Passion - Express your passions

I’ve already introduced the topic of passion here and written about finding your own passion . This article now covers expressing your passion and the value in doing it. I believe there are two main reasons people don’t express themselves more, especially when it comes to their passions. Living with passion isn’t always easy and here are two reasons it isn’t often expressed.

  1. You don’t really have a passion or even know what it is.
  2. Fear of exposing a passion in fear of critique from others.

As for number #1, this is something that can be addressed and simply takes work. It requires some time and brutal self honesty to come to the belief based conclusions that reveal true passions. Finding out your passions is what I wrote about here.

#2, This is often the direct cause for not knowing your passion in #1. This fear is usually based on some life experience related to expressing your passion that caused pain and now its easier to ignore it and shield yourself than it is to risk that pain again and put your passion out on the line for others to see. Keep focused on the pleasures you’ll gain with living and expressing your passions, not the pain. It can also help to think of the pain it might cause you if you don’t express them.

The Importance of Passion

What would your workplace and home environment look like if each and every person looked at every event, every hour to make the most of it. What if you took action every single day on something you truly loved and were able to share that comfortably with others. What if everyone lived for the moment and spent life enjoying it and encouraging each other’s passions, instead of judging and tearing them down. Think of a world where you can share your feelings and beliefs without fear of criticism.

God has given us the gift of feelings, emotions and free will. Making the most of those and collaboratively understanding each others desires, beliefs and passions can only be learned and experienced through the expression of them. Society and business continues to pound us into a boxed in robotic like non-individual existence where we are trained to suppress our tears of joy and sadness, hide our fears, shield our excitement, and muster our love and convictions from the rest of the world. Technology drives us to be connected more and more at a superficial level while ignoring the feelings and passion we each have inside us.

Expressing Passion

One of the easiest ways to express your passion is to tell your close friends and family about it. Get comfortable with it. Accept the vulnerabilities it reveals and share those fears as part of the reason you have your passion. Don’t let your past fears and worries continue to affect you today. Learn from them, recycle the pain and make it useful in your life now. Your pain and experiences can be a lesson to others and will inspire you to continue forward. Spread that circle of sharing even further, tell your friends, your colleagues, even strangers about your passions. This will open many new doors for relationships and connections with others. Building that foundation of trust and getting over any fears of expression will be in itself, a wonderful experience.

Take on and get involved with activities and events that relate to your passion. These might be relational, hobbies, music, writing or any other past times. Focus some of your time you spend every week on the very things that you have passion for. Continue to expand those areas in your life. Identify the bad habits and time wasted in your life and replace them with these passion based activities.

Find other people with similar passions as you and spend time together. You can really feed off each other with enthusiasm and encouragement to continue to develop your life around your passions. Offer help to others in finding their passions, and allow each individual to find their own passions. Accept the beliefs of others and ensure you are not blocking anyone else from finding their passions.

What Does Passion Do?

Passion makes us unique, it shapes our character, exposes our purpose in life and draws upon us questions about our souls and true beliefs. This opens up the heart and spirit to see each day and opportunity in a positive light, a light that inspires others to express and explore their passions. The power of passion guides us to what our hearts truely want, reveals to us the awesome experiences and feelings we all share and triggers us to understand our purpose and mission on earth. Embrace it, explore it, express it!

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