Most people would agree that having passion for one’s work is a helpful, if not necessary, ingredient for success. Many of these same people, however confuse useful passion with hyper or frenetic behavior.
Passion takes different forms. It can be the feeling of being driven to success, of rolling up your sleeves, or working long, hard hours. This “hyper” passion can be very exciting, even addicting. The problem with it, though, is that it drains your energy and can be very exhausting. It’s generated from external sources, from tight deadlines and big deals. Because of the external nature of thise type of passion, a tint of fear always goes along with it: “I love this as long as everything works out well.” This type of passion also lends itself to boredom. The only time you’re having fun is when there’s something on the line, when something exciting is happening. The rest of the time can seem like a letdown. You spend your time waiting and looking for more excitement.
Another, calmer type of passion is what I like to call relaxed passion. This is a contained, “time-release” type of feeling that permeates everything you do. It brings joy and great success to virtually anything. Rather than being frenetic, this feeling is more like exhilaration and enthusiasm. It’s a much calmer version of excitement. It can be described as excitement without the worry: “I love this simpley because I’m absorbed in what I’m doing.”
The way to bring forth this type of passion is to learn to keep your attention fully in the present moment. Try to do only one thing at any given moment and give that “one thing” your full and complete attention. If you’re on the phone, stay focused, be “with” the person to whom you are speaking. Don’t let your mind drift; be there. If your mind does wander gently bring it back to the present moment.
Almost anything we do – preparing a report, speaking to a group, solving a problem, generating and idea, doing a difficult task, and so forth – is a potential source of relaxed passion. And it comes not from exciting , external ventures but from our own attention, our own thinking. Too many of uslive in moments past or moments yet to be. The last second or the next second from the current moment is the furthest thing from reality. The only reality we have is now.
As Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now, “Through self-observation, more presence comes into your life automatically. The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, your are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.
Be present as the watcher of your mind – of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as the situation or person that causes you to react.“
When our mind is not right here, in this moment (where you are reading and comprehending these words to understand relaxed passion; whereas I am typing these words in order to share my thoughts with you), we suck the joy out of an experience. You can bring passion back into your life, your school work, your extra-curricular activities, and your household chores that might seem mundane to you by simply being more oriented in the present moment. Your focus and insight will be greatly enhanced, as will your ideas and creativity.
Let’s be passionate now. We do not need anyone or anything to determine our passion. It’s solely our decision to experience it now.
This article is written by Vincent Lee. His personal opinion in his writing does not necessarily represent the opinions of MalaysianStudent.com. Vincent is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and interning with MalaysianStudent.com as marketing intern.