Oh, I’m so passionate about reading…
I’m so passionate about interior design…
I couldn’t be more passionate about running…
I’m SO passionate about being a teacher…
I’m super passionate about my yoga business…
Oh, there’s no one more passionate than me about cooking/gardening/dancing/writing/make-up/making my own clothes! You fill in the blank here.
We’ve all heard people tell us about what their passions are. I’m sure even as you are reading this, you can think of things that you have said you are passionate about too. I certainly can, but when I tell people what I’m passionate about, am I really communicating what my passion is?
Digging deep to know what your passion is…
One of the things that used to say I was passionate about, especially in my ‘early days’ straight out of university, was psychology. As a psychology graduate wanting to be ‘fully understood’ (how deep), about what my passion was, I would tell potential employers/write in my CV/tell friends and family all about how much I loved psychology and how passionate I was about all it could offer in terms of our understanding of human behaviour, and therefore the career I was going in to.
Now I was, and indeed am still passionate about psychology, very much so, but what do I really mean when I say this? After all ‘I’m passionate’ has become a term that is banded around so much that sometimes it feels like the phrase has lost its meaning.
It’s because of this, that I feel we have to dig a little deeper to the heart of what we mean when we say ‘I am passionate’, after all I’m passionate about ice cream, but the two are clearly not the same thing.
When I think about what is beyond the phrase for me, in light of psychology, I can see that I am drawn to any opportunity to help someone ‘make a change’ or more specifically the chance to aide someone in ‘breaking their routine’.
I notice this as a running theme in both my teaching at University, my private practice with clients, the packages I write, the book I am working on and the courses I am compiling. Although Psychology is the label or umbrella term if you will, that I work under, I am driven by this greater force and it is THIS, I am truly passionate about.
Keep your passions, whatever guise they come in!
So, what I’m not suggesting any one does is stop using the phrase ‘I am passionate’. How wonderful it is to be able to say that about something…what a rich and full life you will live when it is full of passion and action that is from your heart. What I’m saying is, that there is great power in taking time to think about where this descriptive statement comes from for you?
What does it mean when you say you are passionate about cooking for example? Is it that what you are really drawn to, is putting time and love into something that brings people together around a table, and this is your passion? When you say you are passionate about exercise, do you really mean that you have a fundamental belief in having a strong healthy body that will carry you through to old age, and this is your passion?
When we realise more deeply where our passions come from, it’s interesting how you may start to notice a pattern in other things that you do in your life because it has the same underlying theme or element that we are drawn to (your deeper meaning for passion)….this can help things to make sense, and can also help you plan future steps in your life and business as you have a clearer view of the driving force behind your decision making and also enjoyment.
It was like this for me when I started teaching, I couldn’t understand why it felt so addictive, and then I realised that it was the ability to help ‘change’ someone via learning, as it had been when working with patients who were ‘changed’ by therapy, that was the theme for me!
What themes do you notice?
Sometimes, it can be easy to figure out the underlying reason for your passion and sometimes it can take some time to get to the bottom of when the ‘real’ reason is for you. The fun is in the exploration and as we delve deeper we learn more about ourselves and others.
Now there is something to be passionate about.
Til next week!