Passion is the catalyst to happiness and success; it drives us to acquire knowledge, master skills, have a growth mindset, ultimately enhancing our emotional intelligence.
Passion stirs excitement and emotion and motivates us to do things we may not otherwise. It encourages the anticipation of a brand new day – a fresh start.
Each morning as we awaken, we choose to look forward to opportunities or challenges our day will bring, creating a positive mindset. This process builds our emotional intelligence, which is life-altering.
Happiness Ignites Passion and is Correlated to Success, Passion, and Emotional Intelligence.
My energy and zest for life are endless because I am passionate about my work and life. There is a direct correlation between passion and success – the more passionate you are about something, the more likely you will strive for excellence. I’m on a journey to excellence which no doubt breeds success.
Passion Opens Allows us to Envision the Possibilities
We gravitate towards our passions, and that provides the motivation necessary to set and realize our goals; a growth mindset. We demonstrate our passion in all we do, both personally and professionally; it paves the way to excellence. Unquestionably it brings joy and happiness into our lives; joyful people are more grateful, which improves our overall health, including our mental health. Consider starting a gratitude practice to heighten your passion.
When writing my second book, The Power of Emotion, I interviewed top leadership professionals across Canada regarding their thoughts on and experiences with emotional intelligence. I learned a great deal from them in general. More than one leader shared the importance of understanding what drives and motivates others and where their passions lie, which played a role in their success.
Checking your emotions and asking yourself why you feel the way you do or what made you react to a situation is essential to healthy self-management.
Ways to Recognize Passion
You can’t follow your passion until you know what it looks and feels, including taking a deep dive into your emotions. You may want to begin by identifying your core values. Ask yourself what matters most to you; what makes you feel content. Do you have a growth or fixed mindset? Just these few suggestions and questions will increase your self-awareness and self-management. Overall this will strengthen your emotional intelligence.
Think of those around you that you consider passionate.
Author, Dr. Travis Bradberry outlines what makes passionate people different from everybody else.
- Passionate people are obsessed.
- They don’t waste time.
- They’re optimistic.
- They’re early risers.
- They’re willing to take big risks.
- They only have one speed—full tilt.
- They talk about their passions all the time.
- They’re highly excitable.
- They’re all about their work.
Here’s the thing, passionate people generally find happiness, good health and success. Passion will promote a growth mindset which kindles opportunities and supports emotional intelligence. If you would like to lead a more passionate life, contact us today.
This article was originally published on August 19, 2017, and has been updated (October 2021).
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