PassionBy lesly kahn | February 8, 2018
My husband Bob and I were talking the other day about the kahncept of passion as it relates to work. (Ok, fine, “concept.” Sheesh.) He works really hard at his business but is not passionate about it. I too work hard, but, as we all know, I’m sort of annoyingly passionate about it.
Bob said we can’t manufacture passion. I agree. We can’t create that tingly feeling in our solar plexus, the excitement, the yearning in our gut. And that’s too bad because those feelings engender the kind of thoughts that cause us to take the actions which, theoretically, lead to success. What we CAN do, though, is to just have the freakin’ thoughts anyway.
Let’s say we’re feeling passionate. We might inadvertently think, “OMG, I can’t wait to rehearse today!” But if we’re feeling miserable, we might inadvertently think, “OMG, the last thing I wanna do is rehearse today.” If we give into the latter thought, the party is over; nothing will move forward; we stay right where we are. If, on the other hand, we recognize that it’s nothing but a Bad Actor Thought, and substitute a Good Actor Thought like “OMG, I can’t wait to rehearse today!” for it, we’ll go to rehearsal, smile, participate, learn . . . and then? We’re still on the path!
Clearly, we don’t have to FEEL PASSION. Even when we’re tired, overwhelmed, and feeling unappreciated, we can still TAKE THE REQUIRED ACTION! Which means we actually have a chance of getting where we wanna go!
So, please don’t worry about how you feel. Your feelings are just a result of whatever you’re thinking. Change what you’re thinking. (Need help with this? Check out @abrahamhicks.)
Let’s all have the thoughts that will guarantee that we get where we wanna go in 2018, OK?
All my love,