Passion in your pursuits

As a recovering engineer I sometimes can be guilty of being too analytical in my approach and relying solely on data and reason in making my decisions.  Just as quickly as I do this I often am reminded of how passion in our work or our pursuits can make a marked impact on our interest, efforts and success in completing what we start and achieving the goals we strive toward.  Let me share a few instances that have occurred recently to help support this belief.

I was sitting in a meeting just this morning when one of the topics included a discussion about who we might have to speak to a business group in our community.  This particular forum has achieved a good level of success over the past two years and it is somewhat in danger of reaching a plateau or losing its punch with the wrong topic or speaker.  This particular group has recently embarked on a campaign to improve the health of our community and I suggested that we find a speaker who could address the health topic in a different manner.  I then took a different approach and suggested that we try to bring in a local figure who has begun to receive national attention for the success of his team after a long period of failure.  The group warmed up to the idea and I could instantly feel an emotional lift and a slight watering of my eyes, an emotional response that I more commonly have now when I encounter a situation that I have greatly enjoyed before or a situation where an organization or team I embrace reaches a pinnacle or high level of achievement.  This experiential response is one that helps me more fully understand that my experiences have helped hard wire or program my mind and body to respond this way when I am presented a situation that I have encountered before where I felt a strong attraction or feeling of accomplishment.  This would have not been possible in my earlier years when I was devoid of over 50 years of experiences, both positive and negative. 

Many of my most positive memories have been tied to causes or initiatives that have helped better the situation for those I know or work with and this passion has certainly affected my reaction to new situations when I see the same capability present itself in my mind.

Too often I look at things from a quantitative viewpoint.  By doing this it strips away the added drive, the emotion, the passion that surfaces when one is able to make a connection to a prior experience that has been beneficial or pleasant.  No doubt there is a psychological description for what I am experiencing, but I’ll just call it my “passion pulse” for now.

Have you ever encountered a passion pulse?  If so, when did it occur?

Don’t be guilty of blocking the emotional connections you might have when new situations make a connection to former issues you have embraced and enjoyed.

Know what you like and do what you like and are skilled at.  A passion pulse can be a positive thing, but only if you are aware of what causes your passions to rise.

Make 2013 a year of passionate pursuit of what you find to be valuable for yourself and those  around you.  If you do so you will certainly feel better personally and also make an impact on those around you.