Destiny & Passion
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (King Solomon)
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with all your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your dream. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Passion is powerful! Passionate people are unstoppable; they are great achievers and fantastic goal getters. Passion is something within you that provides the continual enthusiasm, focus, and energy you need to realize your destiny. Until you become overwhelmed with passion to realize your dream, success will only be a mirage. Successful people are enthusiastic and optimistic about their God given dream. But unlike feel-good motivation derived from external sources, true passion has a more spiritual nature. It comes from within.
Passionate people are filled with purpose and totally committed to their mission. Actually, the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means “to be filled with God.” This means, God wants you to be on fire about what He has revealed to you to accomplish in your life-time. It therefore means that when you claim to be born again, you’ve got to be passionate. It implies that when people see you, they must notice that you are being driven by something divine; an energy that comes from within. Prophet Micah demonstrated this kind of passion when he said in Micah 3:8: “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin” That is passion!
Passion enhances your destiny. It carries you to the top and makes you take risks which others may avoid. It propels you to go extra mile, and do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. Passion is a choice, not a result. You are responsible to develop an undying passion towards the realization of your dream. Once you are burning with passion, it doesn’t matter if others are against you or if people say you cannot succeed.
Passion is a non-negotiable virtue in the journey of life for those who want to realize their destiny. Passion can empower you; it can energize every aspect of your life. I have never seen a person with great passion who lacked the energy to act on what mattered to him. A passionate person with limited talent will outperform a passive person who possesses greater talent. This is because passionate people act with boundless enthusiasm, and they just keep on going.
Passion plays a significant difference in the fulfilment of your destiny. Authors Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler cited a study of 1,500 people over twenty years that illustrates this truth: At the outset of the study, the group was divided into Group A, 83 percent of the sample, who were embarking on a career chosen for the prospects of making money now in order to do what they wanted later, and Group B, the other 17 percent of the sample, who had chosen their career path for the reverse reason, they were going to pursue what they wanted to do now and worry about the money later. The data showed some startling revelations: At the end of the 20 years, 101 of the 1,500 had become millionaires. Of the millionaires, all but one – 100 out of 101 – were from Group B, the group that had chosen to pursue what they loved! The truth this story reveals is this: “find something you like to do so much that you’d gladly do it for nothing, and if you learn to do it well, someday people will be happy to pay you for it.”
Priority of Passion
Passion takes a pivot place when it comes to fulfilling your Destiny. In the first place, passion is the first step to any significant achievement in life. The amount of passion you deploy to what you do reveals how much you love it. When you don’t like what you’re doing, it really shows – no matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t. It is difficult to achieve any great feat when you don’t have the desire to do so. That’s why passion is so important. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Prov. 22:29)
Passion increases your Willpower. While everyone can possess passion, not everyone takes the time to discover it. Passion is fuel for the will. Passion turns your have-to’s into want-to’s. What you achieve in life is based less on what you want and more on how much you want it. People who wants something enough usually find the willpower to achieve it. Champions become champions from within, not from without.
Passion produces energy. When you have passion, you become energized. You don’t have to produce perseverance; it is naturally present in you. It helps you to enjoy the journey as much as reaching the destination. Without it, achievement becomes a long and difficult road. Passionate people don’t experience burn out. On the contrary those who do experience burn out have probably never were on fire in the first place. Norman Cousins once said, “Death isn’t the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.” It means, without passion, a part of us does becomes dead. And if you are not careful, you may end up like the person whose tomb-stone read, “Died at 30. Buried at 60,”
Passion is the foundation for excellence. Passion can transform someone from average to excellence. When you discover you purpose, it immediately provoke your interest to success because it connects you to your potentials. When you activate those potentials and add passion to it, it brings you to lime light and makes you to become a center of attraction.
Passion is the key to success. When passion is in place, impossibilities vanish. I love what Waldo said along this line of truth: “every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.” This is one of the secrets of Apostle Paul’s success. Having gone through periods of hunger and persecution, instead of giving up, he rather held on knowing that he could do all things through the strengthening power of Christ (Phil. 4:13).
Passion makes you contagious. The only way you can impact people positively is when you are passionate about your pursuit. Someone once remarked: “You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning within your own.” Because Nehemiah was overwhelmed with passion to build the wall of Jerusalem, he could rally people around himself. The same goes for Moses. He could lead over 500,000 slaves out of Egypt because they saw a passion in him. Passion easily attracts others to you. When you express your passion and enthusiasm, you will become a magnet to others, who will be attracted to your high level of energy. They will want to play with you, work with you, and support your dreams and goals.
Sustain your Passion
Passion is a powerful tool for success and, as such, deserves to be an area you consistently work on and sustain. So how can you maintain passion and enthusiasm every day? The first secret is to connect with the Holy Spirit. Remember the case of Micah I cited in the previous paragraph (Micah 3:8). For him to maintain his focus and kept to his assignment, he aligned with the Holy Spirit’s power. He was burning with the fire of the Spirit. In the same way you too must seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit and remained filled on the daily basis (Eph. 5:18).
Another key to passion and enthusiasm is to reconnect with your original purpose for doing anything that you do. When you look underneath the surface of the things that feel like have-tos rather than want-tos, you’ll almost always find that there is a deeper purpose that you are passionate about. Always ask yourself, what is the why underneath what I am doing? Whenever you deviate from your God given assignment, you will lose your fire because your energy would be sapped. In other words, you need to prioritize your life according to your passion.
Again, to keep your passion, you must learn to associate with people of like mind. Remember that iron sharpens iron as a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. The bible also says when you walk with the wise you become wise for the companion of fools shall be destroyed.
The Godly Brains Ministries
For further Readings:
Mason, John, Imitation is Limitation (New Delhi: Orient Paperbacks, 2004).
Maxwell, John C., Beyond Talent (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011).
Canfield, Jack, The Success Principles: How to Get from where you are to where you want to be (Hammersmith: Harper Element, 2005)