By Paul Boston
Do you remember a time in your life when you were committed to achieving a goal (personal or professional) and you would stop at nothing to achieve it? You did it despite what others might have been telling you to do and not to do. Even after the initial excitement wore off, you still took the necessary actions toward achieving that goal. Through all the difficulties, sacrifices, and challenges, you achieved what you set out to do. The feeling alone was so rewarding that you started to look for other challenges and opportunities within your personal and professional life with the same resolve, believing that anything can be achieved.
Early on in my triathlon career, I started training just to improve my breathing, as I suffer from asthma. However, once I started swimming, biking, and running, something just “clicked” inside of me and I knew at a deep level that I wanted to represent Canada at the World Triathlon Championships. I was not sure how I was going to achieve this, but I knew I would. Despite the comments from some of my friends and family members, I started training with passion, and my focus became getting myself to the World Championships. Sure enough, after a couple of years of this type of performance focus, I qualified for the World Championships.
There are plenty of knowledgeable and well-respected authors writing and talking about finding your passion or being passionate about what you are doing every day. However, in our modern-day working world we seem to have lost the passion for what we are doing, and sometimes we end up just going through the motions of our daily work.
From the world of high-performance athletics to the modern-day business world, here are a few tips that will help you and your team stay passionate about the goals and objectives you are trying to achieve.
Find the personal meaning
Believe it or not, there are lots of great opportunities to find something you are passionate about in any role you might have within an organization. Set aside some time during your week to start to discover what really resonates with you personally. It could be the current project you are working on, or it could be the new client you have just started working with. Once you start to identify little things you feel passionate about, you will start to feel a greater overall sense of passion and pride in the work you are doing.
Stay focused on the steps
Once you have found something you are passionate about, start to focus and take action on the small steps you need to take. This will help ensure you are doing high-quality work and help keep your motivation level high and your passion revving at 100%.
Find your team members’ passion
If you are in a leadership role, spend time with your team members and discover what makes them passionate about their daily work. Investing this type of time in your people will ensure that their passion remains high even during times of change and uncertainty. You might even be surprised what they are accomplishing beyond the established organizational goals and objectives.
I know the phrase “find your passion and be passionate about what you do” can be a bit overused these days, but there is a good reason for that. There is a lack of passion within our modern-day working culture and, for organizations and businesses to be competitive and innovative in our new global economy, there must be more focus on passion as a way to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
Paul Boston is the president of Actus Performance Inc., a high-performance development firm. With an undergraduate degree in consumer behaviour, he started his professional career working in the fast pace and demanding world of marketing and advertising with Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the globe. At the same, he started racing at the elite level of triathlons and qualified four times for the World Triathlon Championships and started to discover performance similarities between his athletic and professional career. He then went back to school to study adult training and development, specializing in workplace performance skills. As an organizational high-performance development specialist, he works with clients to help them understand the fundamental performance values, attitudes, and skills people, teams, and organizations need in our ever-changing modern-day work worlds. Please visit www.actuspeformance.com for more information.