Passion. It can be such a hot button word. How to define it, how to find it, how to use it - these are questions that plague people all over the world. One definition that seems to sum it up well:
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."
At 12five Capital, our purpose is to Cultivate the Passion of Our People. We repeat this often and do our best to implement processes in our business that support it. As a company, this means supporting our clients in pursuing their passions as it relates to their individual businesses. By alleviating financial concerns, our business owners have more time to devote to the parts of the business they love.
Internally, we consciously support the passions of our employees as well. We promote frequent goal setting and work to ensure a culture that allows our employees to direct their time and talents to things that bring them joy!
It seems like it should be easy to know what you are passionate about. After all, we all know what it feels like to be excited; it can be quite difficult to pinpoint true passions. We've been discussing it this week as a team and came up with a few conclusions around this topic.
How do you know what you are passionate about?
- What makes you feel good? Activities surrounding your passion should make you feel fulfilled! Look for feelings of peace, happiness and joy in your life - what are the commonalities? This will give you some clues on what really is important to you.
- Where do you dedicate your time? Do not include time spent out of a sense of obligation, guilt or because you are forced to. If you had a whole day free, what would you do? Time is a non-renewable resource and your choices on how to spend it often reflect your passions.
- What are you willing to sacrifice for? Most people love easy, exciting things that feel good. But what would you stick with, even if it got hard? A true passion is something you would defend and continue to pursue, through ups and downs.
All in all, a passion is a priority. In all likelihood they are sitting right in front of you. Once identified, the next step is to clear out the rest of the noise in your life and in your head so you can concentrate on things that you are passionate about. You will feel a much greater sense of satisfaction in your life. Take a moment today to ponder your greatest passions and if you are creating a life that serves them.