When Passion Meets Purpose - Abby Locke

When Passion Meets Purpose

What are you passionate about?

Notice, I didn’t ask if you are passionate. But what are you passionate about? What stirs your emotions?

What is it you can’t stop talking about whenever someone asks: “What are you passionate about?”

  • What’s the fire in your belly?
  • What really turns you on?
  • What do you love doing most?

Mark is passionate about books. He loves them. He just loves books. They are all placed in their respective homes on the shelves. He cares for them, places bookmarks in them and never folds the corner of their page.

A bookshop is like a magnet to him. He will spend hours with his head tilted to one side as he scours the shelves for works that interest him.

He loves books that have a different angle on coaching and developing people.

Mark loves reading unusual biographies. He loves books where people have beaten the odds to survive. It doesn’t matter whether they are fiction or non fiction. They have to be about improving self.

At least that’s what it appears to the outsider. But, you see, books aren’t really his passion.

It just looks like it. He loves books, yes of course he does, but the books are really vehicles. A method of giving him what he truly craves for…and that is learning.

Mark has a passion for learning about the human spirit.

  • How to get the most out of it.
  • How to tap into it.
  • How to push it to new heights.
  • How to get to its potential.
  • How to climb out of the feelings of mediocrity.
  • How to excel at what ever he does.
  • His Passion is for the human spirit.

Often, that which appears as a passion, at first, is just the vehicle for the real, deep down passion that lights us up.

Florence Nightingale is known for her nursing in the Crimean War and most people know that nursing was her passion. But it wasn’t.

Believe it or not Florence Nightingale’s passion was statistics. Yes, good old fashioned statistics.

Florence was so good at it that in 1858 she was the first female elected member of the Statistical Society of the UK and an honorary member of the American Statistical Association.

When you think about it you can see the connection. She was passionate about statistics, so she was able to see and prove that disease was killing more troops than those in battle and then she was motivated to do something about it.

What about you? What is the deep passion that lights your life up. What is it that you love doing and being beyond all else.

Go on… you can tell yourself. There is no need to tell others. Just have a go ahead and tell yourself, it will give insight to your purpose and a real glimpse about what you should be doing in life and career.

We all have it. We all have at least one thing that we are passionate about? What’s yours?

What is it that you love doing so much that you forget time? Heck, you forget others. You are so focused that you don’t hear anything.

What is it that gets your creative juices going? What is it that you love more than anything else?

The bottom line is…passion is motivating. Passion is more motivating that money. Passion energizes and transforms you. When you are passionate about something then you enter that state where time stands still.

You are so focused. You are really in tune with yourself. So again, I ask, “What are you passionate about?”

Then take a look around and see if there is anyone else who feels the same way and pay attention to what they do for a living.