We recently held a workshop for our MeetUp Group – Empower NOW (Northeast Ohio Women). We had fun discussion the qualities of our passions and the role it plays in our business success.
Before we begin it is important to note what passion is not:
A path to success – Passion is the fuel in your journey to personal or organizational success. You still need a car, road, and vision of an end destination to move towards. Passion alone will not lead you anywhere; it will spin you on a wild ride as your passionate feelings ebb and flow on a daily and monthly basis If you are a passionate person, yet still feel stuck on making meaningful moves forward then examine the vehicle you are using to drive your passion forward, and the destination you have in mind.
Motivation – Passion is the energy and power that comes from something you just can’t resist having in your life, while motivation is the energy you draw from to push you to do something you are obligated to do. While you may not be passionate about going to school, you are motivated to complete, since you are passionate about advancing in your career. Tying your goals to your passions gives you points of motivation to draw from, but it is not motivation on its own.
Purpose- Passion is a feeling of emotional energy that you use to communicate with yourself. Purpose is your reason for being, which could and should be tied to your passion for a wholesome and adventurous path. Passion is how you communicate with yourself and purpose is how you communicate with the world.
The key to business success – Passion will take you far but running a business is about setting up and repeating profitable processes effectively. You can live your passion without running a business, yet if you want to create a sustainable career and live from doing your passion then you must set up a system and continuously improve that system until you reach your goals. You must find ways to figure out how your business will operate on a regular basis as a part of your strategy for success.
For instance a part of our workshop was creating a command center. We started with our vision and then broke it down into 4 or 5 goals. Each goal got one day of the week to be the day it received the most attention, and then we figured out a way to incorporate goals into our days and evenings. Setting aside time to break down your system helps ensure you are striving for success.
How do you drive your passion forward?
Looking to define your passion? Check out our free printable passion discovery worksheet.