When I feel enthusiastic and passionate about what I am doing, I want others to feel the same way. I want to share what I’ve learned, experienced, what has made me feel rejuvenated and inspired. I want to encourage another person with the feeling of success.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what what we have. -Vince Lombardi
A measure of success is different for everyone, but finding something that makes us click can infuse a sense of accomplishment into any challenge. When we feel successful, we are more likely to enjoy what we are doing.
Passion can liberate us from an expected experience and we become more in tune with what we are doing. Athletes refer to this as being “in the zone” – where distractions and processes are automatic and actions feel effortless. It’s as though (in sport) time slows down and all that matters is the moment. Success comes becomes all of our processes and actions are in alignment with achieving a result. Interestingly, our results often far surpass any planned expectation.
We do not *find* our passion as though it is something we lost on the side of the road. So how do we achieve a congruence between what we are doing and how we are naturally inclined to express ourselves? Those who practice meditation are known to be able to access their “zone” with more ease than others. They train their minds to access a quieter place, free of distractions. They learn how to deal with and diffuse limitations. They train their mind, ultimately, to feel passion in their life. There is a definite connection between enjoying what we do and being good at it; meditation can help our minds access this connection. It is not a rote reaction when we connect with our abilities to express our passion. We think less and do more.
Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
I mostly blog about running to capture the emotion I feel. Not all of my runs are an inspiration, nor do all my days leave me feeling as though I have rewarded myself in an effortless way. Some days are like a personal Mt. Everest where I grind away and it’s hard work and tiring. Overall, though, I am passionate about what I am doing for myself. Being able to finish a workout I didn’t even think I could start makes me want to do more.
Exercise is me-time, but it is also time I spend with like-minded people who encourage me to be better. I want others to feel this way, too, and I share my enthusiasm through blogging.
Maybe in meditation I will find new ways to appreciate what I enjoy and even run a little faster.
*What are you passionate about? What inspires you to be more, and do more? What do you meditate on?