Why Your Passion Could Be Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals

Why Your Passion Could Be Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals - People Development Network
Why Your Passion Could Be Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals - People Development Network
Christina Lattimer
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Does your passion come from a positive place?

Passion is useful and can make life worth living, If your passion comes from a position of strength and emotional maturity then you have a much better chance of achieving your
goals.

An acquaintance was having problems selling his services. He explained his business was the passion in his life. When I asked him what drove his passion, he told me his father had

passed away a number of years ago. His father had suffered from stress from work for a number of years. With observable anger, my client explained if only his Fathers work environment had been better then he may not have traversed that downward spiral which led to his passing.

Shortly following his father’s death, my acquaintance set up his consultancy explicitly to help businesses improve and eliminate stress from the workplace.  A worthy and much-needed intervention. However, he was having problems engaging with businesses who sorely needed his services and he couldn’t understand how they just couldn’t see how he could help.

I’ve seen many people in similar situations who desperately want to make a difference. They always have a good cause or they have identified a valid problem to solve yet they still find it difficult for people to hear them, much less engage their services.

If you feel passionate about achieving your goals, mostly you are a step ahead because passion can fuel your progress and enthuse others to help you. Depending on what drives your passion, you might actually be stuck in a negative emotion which contaminates everything you think, says or does.

When you are driven by a negative emotion, or a desperation to right past wrongs, even with the best intentions you may be coming from a place of judgment. So when you interact with others who may be making the same mistakes, on a level they are feeling judged and this creates a barrier to real engagement. There is nothing wrong with helping solve problems which have created negative emotions, in fact, that’s the fuel that most frequently powers big action. Real power and therefore effective action comes when you are at peace with yourself and your actions are powered by love, not anger or fear.

2 Comments

  • JohnShenton says:

    Christine

    SO so true. This story also brings to light a fact that also has an impact on peoples ability to HEAR your message. If the message you bring to other ears is one which promotes fear in the listener then you are likely to hit a brick wall. Their MOTIVATION is negative and until YOU can provide them with a POSITIVE outcome to balance their fear there is no way for you to break through.
    I had exactly the same outcome bringing the same message to HR professionals.
    Their fear was that to expose management to the realisation they were causing stress in the workplace, was greater than to leave those with that stress to their own devices. If anything went wrong then the management could not be blamed – and we do have a wonderful blame culture in this country, especially in autocratic management style businesses.
    The best thing you can do is to walk away and leave them with your card if they every want help, all they have to do is call…..You will wait a very ling time.

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