How many times have you heard this – do what you love? Many times, I assume. And you know it’s right, right? Yes, and it’s still only one side of the coin.
The other is loving what you do. Familiar with this one, too? Not so much? This is actually where it starts to get really good. Life, I mean.
I don’t mean to disregard doing what you love. Not at all. That’s how my current career began.
Yet, thinking I only ought to do what I love led to a life of limitations and frustrations. Cause there still were all those other stuff that needed to be done anyway.
And back then, life with a growing company, three young children along with a desire for a thriving marriage despite of it all felt like impossible equation. One with no passion. For me, at least.
That’s when I started to cultivate the skill of loving what I’m doing.
- love is attention,
- attention requires willingness to focus and
- recurring focus leads to clarity.
And I’m not sure if there’s anything better than clarity! (As I said, this is where it gets really good.)
Because, passion is really only happening when you have clarity.
To get to the place of passion, you first have to be clear. And before you can be clear, you have to be willing to concentrate. This ties in with loving what you do as attention really is love.
When you give your attention (a.k.a. love) to whatever it is that you’re doing, and you’re willing to concentrate, the recurring focus leads to clarity. And clarity sets passion on fire.
What else can we ask for?