Passion is one of those words that people use often without really understanding the original meaning of the word.
When most people refer to “passion”, they use it to mean strong emotions reflecting an intense desire or boundless enthusiasm.
That’s a good start.
But passion actually means something entirely different:
A Willingness to Suffer for What You Love.
I always love to read this quote by Maya Angelou around the new year, as it sums up a hundred pages of thoughts in a single sentence, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Isn’t this what we all want?
A life filled with passion and purpose?
A life of compassion and hope?
To thrive with style?!
Of course it is!
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.
Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” ~ Og Mandino
Last week, we talked about hope and freedom, and your God-given right to pursue your dreams with passion, power, and persistence.
This week, we will discuss the foundation of ALL success—your personal values.
Each day you spend the only life you have to live. The question is, what are you getting in return?
Are you living with a strong sense of purpose and MISSION… or are you struggling to find balance and direction?
You don’t need to be a race car driver to understand that to the swift goes the race.
Unless you are in a position where results don’t matter… winning doesn’t matter… getting ahead doesn’t matter or turning yourself into the best version of you doesn’t matter… then you need to think like a champion.
This means mastering your Clock Management skills.
Regardless of who you are… young or old… rich or broke… successful or struggling… we all have exactly the same number of minutes to work with:
1,440 minutes each day.
There are many popular definitions of the word GOAL.
Most define it as a dream with a date… we define it as a dream with a deadline.
The deadline implies a commitment to both the dream and the time it will take to achieve it.
A better definition might be that goals represent the confluence between Desirability and Believability.
It is the recognition that it takes BOTH to create a goal that will ultimately be achieved.
“My Christmas wish for you is for you to become all you are meant to be. It is also my challenge to you. FACT: Become the best version of yourself possible, and all your hopes and dreams will be realized… because you are never given a dream without also being given the power to realize it. But, you may have to work a lot smarter than ever before.” ~ E. R. Haas, CEO
To achieve your dreams… to maintain balance in the heat of the battle… to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced… requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.
This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what’s important to you, and what’s not.
What is the PURPOSE of this great country we call AMERICA? How do our individual Values, Visions and Roles triangulate into a mission that gives our collective purpose true meaning and significance?
Purpose is the definitive statement of the difference one is trying to make in the world. Ultimately, it is your fundamental calling to make the world different, not to just make a slight difference.
To paraphrase Aristotle, where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your purpose.
All last week we talked about passion, purpose and mission. Yes, it is essential that you KNOW your purpose in life. Yes, it is essential that you LIVE your purpose.
Until you do, you are spending the one life you have to live on things that simply don’t matter.
Once you understand this… once you commit to this… once you make the determination that you WILL live your purpose… the question becomes “HOW?” Just how in the world am I going to make this happen?
So much of our lives revolve around people with outstanding vision. The founders of Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, Facebook and Twitter immediately come to mind as men and woman who built companies who changed the very fabric of the future. Who would have ever thought that Bill Gate’s vision of “making the PC more important than the mainframe…” or Larry Page’s vision of “indexing all the knowledge…
Charles Darwin opined that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
You know that the global economy teeters on a precipice — both candidates for US President agree that big changes are needed and coming…
The undeniable truth is that there are just 3 variables — all within your control — that determine if you will live the life of your dreams… or not. Fill these variables in and you will become the master of your own destiny. Your life will have meaning and purpose… a glow of happiness and conviction that will enlighten your path.
Fail to understand the importance of these 3 variables to your life, and your life will be much harder… more uncertain… and much more limited than it needs to be.
This week, we will focus on the core of living the life you love: Your sense of purpose and MISSION.
This area of your performance is vitally important because it governs all your GOALS (or lack thereof,) your outlook for the future, your ability to draw the right people to your cause, and your desire to take ACTION.
“Try not to become a man/woman of success but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein Last week, we talked about freedom, and your God-given right to pursue your dreams with passion, power and persistence. This week, we will discuss the foundation of ALL success—your personal values. Each day you spend […]
James Allen was born in 1864 and died in 1912, but continues to inspire millions with his incredible writings.
I thought it interesting, indeed appropriate, to start this week of Passion, Purpose and Mission with an “early take” on the idea of success, spirituality and power. Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us; and we are the architects—for better or worse—of our futures.