Passion seals the deal

To have passion means that you care about something deeply. You are committed and willing to go the extra mile.

To not have passion is often the opposite. We think of passion in terms of love and romantic or relationship areas but often miss the boat when it comes to it in terms of work success and life satisfaction. How many people go through life not knowing what they want to do or even not feeling excited about anything?

These people lack passion or have allowed themselves to be void of this phenomenon and therefore never really live life to the fullest or create and achieve desired results for their own destiny.

At the same time there are people who are filled to the brim with passion but lack direction, organisation and priorities and this is also not good. People who have passion but lack priorities are like individuals who find themselves in a dark cold room and only light a small candle.

They don’t create enough light to help them see, nor do they produce enough heat to keep them warm. In essence the resources that they used were almost a waste of time. On the other hand, people who have priorities but lack passion are like those who stack wood in the fireplace of the same dark cold room but never light the fire.

They have many resources but fail to use them. So the key is to have passion with priorities and stack the wood and light the fire, or light a bigger candle to enjoy the light and heat that those things will produce.

Which one of these are you?

You see passion can transform someone from average to excellence and is often the key to success. However there are times the most passionate of us can lose it and at those times you feel it deep inside that there is no oomph and that something is missing and you too go through the motions of life feeling numb.

It is at those times that you realise the truth and value of true passion. Leadership expert John Maxwell suggests that if you don’t possess the energy that you desire, then you need to fire up your passion.

We need to start viewing our life according to our passion. This is the start of 2013 and we need to think about aligning our priorities with our passion and then start making some changes in our life for true life satisfaction.

Passionate people do not allow circumstances to get in the way of what they want to accomplish. When you want something everything is worth the effort. Every day gives us an opportunity to learn something new about ourselves and our lives and our passion. People with passion are the ones who reach their potential and fulfil their dreams.

Dr. Seuss said it best when he said:

You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

Remember in your effort to succeed there won’t be a day in our life that won’t require discipline and dedication. Let us each discover our passion to help reach our goals with confidence and without compromise. And tell me how your week is going at [email protected]

Catherine Tyson is the author of I’m Somebody’s Mama and host of the Lighten Up Show With Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27.


  1. Substitute ambition or drive for passion and one can see just how obvious this advice is in it’s formulaic simplicity.
    Lack of passion can be caused by clinical depression and other mental illnesses.
    Some of us are just lazy and stupid, and happy to lead our low-motivation lives. These saccharin-dripping columns with their unrelenting optimism and vacuous statements make me yearn for the return of Dr. Frank’s meandering diatribes.

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