When we “put our best foot forward”, do we take a stand on our purpose or just waver our foot in the air struck by indecision in what we envision? This is a hard question to ask, and in many cases, to face. All of us have things that we believe in, things we wish to pursue, and things we wish to accomplish. While there are many studies and thought leaders who will point out that fear will hold a person back from taking action, we often come across individuals who have a passion for what they strive for.
As a project manager, I occasionally deal with passionate people – the one’s whose goals are on the line, the people who want to ensure changes occur and, on the flip side, those who want to stick by what they currently do. Being involved in a volunteer leadership position, these are the people that are passionate about the future, those who bring new ideas to the table and again, on the flip-side, those who want to stick by what they are familiar with. In my personal life, these would be the people who champion causes, pursue career ideals, strive for strong family and relationships, and yes, those that protect what they have. Even the most cool, calm collected person must be passionate about something. There should be a fire that drives them from day-to-day. We have all met people that seemingly have no desire, but to live out the day, that suddenly excel in something – something they have found a passion for.
Easiest example, which we have all experienced, is vacation time. You have waited years to go on that one special trip, to go to that place that you have dreamed about going to, to act out the plans you have worked on. The daily routine of life has a chance to be put on hold. As the day comes closer, you wake up quicker in the morning with the expectation of the departure date. You seemingly zip through the work that needs to be accomplished. You talk about the upcoming excursions and all activities, and somehow life is aligned to making this happen. A passion has been ignited, which leads to enthusiasm and motivation which otherwise might be dormant. It is a HUGE natural rush!
Here's to finding the things that ignite one’s passion, leading to the ability to achieve greater things and, of course, finding the drive to make things happen!