A fellow blogger in the #30DBC, Cliff Cardin, had a great post today.
Cliff talked about the importance of learning the skill of focus -- that is, fully committing to something you'd like to accomplish. The formula is simple on the surface. You need to know what you want (your goal) and then you have to direct your resources (time, effort, money) in order to achieve it.
As I read his post tonight, it got me thinking about another piece of the equation -- that is, passion. I believe that becoming good at anything truly is a matter of practice. For example, there are countless pianists who play the masterpieces with technical perfection. However, sometimes you can see something missing when you watch them, and you can hear it in the notes they create. Something in their performance doesn't move you.
I think the missing ingredient is passion.
Passion is defined as an intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.
It's the reason you get up early in the morning, and the excuse for why you can't quiet your mind at night. It is what drives artists to starve, athletes to collapse in exhaustion, dancers to bloody and distort their feet.
Passion is a gift. Not everyone has it. And from observing people who seem to slog on through life, I often wonder if everyone really wants it.
Passion can drive you to drink, it can put you in the poorhouse, it can ruin your relationships.
When you cross the line from wanting to achieve a goal to making it your purpose for being, you can go from good to great. You leave a little part of you in everything you do -- be it your job, your artwork, your food, your writing.
I have shifted my focus, and ignited new passions after major life events (like the birth of my children) and in challenging times in order to feel the reason to get up and out of bed with a smile. I have had times in my life where I had a difficult time reaching within. I wasn't compelled to move forward. I've lost my passion, too. That's why I think it is such a gift -- it is not a given!
Sadly, I have met many people who haven't ever seemed to find their place in the world -- nothing seems to delight them. They go about their daily lives without a real purpose. And they seem to be followed by a gray cloud that shades everything they do.
If you're stuck in a routine, think about how you can find joy and purpose in the goals you set for yourself. I know just writing about this gave me reason to pause and think how I'm going to rewrite the script for the next chapter in my life.