Unbridled Passion

I glanced at a blog article headline the other day that started with “unbridled passion”. Although I didn’t take the time to read the article (I’ve been following the Feelgoodz story elsewhere), the concept of unbridled passion grabbed me.

Passion is the lifeblood of every successful entrepreneur. In fact, I’m pretty passionate about passion when it comes to business. Unbridled passion can help get you through the tough times when nothing seems to be going as planned. It can attract the right clients, team, and business partners to you. It can drive new innovations in your services and products. And it can help you bring impossible ideas to life.

The trouble with passion though is that it is often silenced. Whether other people are discouraging your passion or you’re shutting it down within yourself (even unconsciously).

On the surface, most people would say passion is a good thing. Conceptually, we like passion. But the reality is unbridled passion can be intense, scary, vulnerable, and messy. Passion sparks change, and change can be hard. There’s no status quo, gray zone, playing small, or halfhearted effort when it comes to passion.

So it’s only to be expected that the people around us, and even we ourselves, will shy away from unbridled passion when it starts butting up against our fears and desire to stay safe and comfortable.

Something beautiful is lost when passion is shut down. I see signs of it every day… people unhappy in their job or business, working with people they don’t enjoy, drained of enthusiasm, jaded, and pessimistic. It’s sad to see! It’s not only a tragedy on a personal level (life is way too short to go through it without passion!), but it also keeps us from making the kind of impact in the world that we are capable of.

As a passionate entrepreneur, if you notice you’re waking up in the morning with some of that unbridled passion gone, here are a few tips to get you back on track again.

– Reconnect with why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

– Expect that resistance to passion is a fact of life… with this awareness, you’ll recognize it faster when saboteurs (whether internal or external) try to silence your passion.

– Surround yourself with people who “get” your passion and can help you notice when it’s being sabotaged.

– Take regular time out of the rat race of daily life to do something that helps you really feel the passion again… the same passion that used to make you jump out of bed excited every day.

– Create a vision board or other physical reminder of your passion.

– If you feel totally stuck, give me a call. I’m here to help visionary people bring their ideas to life, and that’s not going to happen if you’ve lost your sense of passion. Remember… I’m passionate about passion. :-)

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Comments

  1. What a great post, Laura!

    It’s true, a business without passion behind it feels kind of dead.

    Totally agree, an entrepreneur needs to tap into their passion to create something amazing.

    Cheers,
    Patrick

  2. Patrick, I really appreciate your comments. I know passion is very important to you too in all that you do. By the way, looks like you’re up to some great stuff with Bill. Way to go!

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