Now I intended the title of this post to be 'Ferocious Passion And The Ripple Effect' but to stop it sounding like the next Harry Potter instalment and also to not take up too much of your day, I'll bring it to you in 2 posts.
So 'FEROCIOUS PASSION' - Lets GO!
It's 5am on Thursday morning and I've had some thoughts brewing around for a few days and I've been in need of clearing some head space by getting them down in a post
I posted a FaceBook status a while back that read:
"Everybody should have at least one ferocious passion in life!
One thing that gives your life meaning,
A reason to get out of bed each morning,
I know what mine is! Are you clear on yours?
No!? You need to get this straight in your mind! The changes this simple realisation will make to your life will amaze you!
Find your Passion!!"
Now I'm always aware of how much I truly LOVE what I do on a daily basis. It's took many years of searching high and low to find somewhere I fit in socially, professionally etc in this big old wide world.
Recently I've become more and more clear that at this exact moment in my life, it's in a dusty old basement in Stockport, For now this is where I belong!
This training / fitness / self-improvement / exercise thing whatever you want to call it is coursing through my veins more than ever before, it occupies 95% of every conscious thought I entertain!
It's always been there to some degree, sometimes hidden under the surface, for the last 20 years... But after recovering from my recent back injury and reclaiming the ability to train.... By getting back to some level of consistency with my training... Seeing my ability and my body start to progress once again... Coupled with the continued success and progress of all the guys that have been coming down to train at Sweat Shed... my levels of love and enjoyment of this area of my life has hit all time highs, it's always been a priority, obviously it’s how I earn a living but also my own health and fitness has always been high on my to-do’s, but recently it's become borderline obsessional!
Voila!! I have discovered and acknowledged my ferocious passion! my meaning to life!
The point I wanted to hit home is I've been enjoying life, my days, my weeks, my months recently more than I have for some time - I strongly believe that this is because previously I have never been aware of a true direction, purpose or passion, and now I do!
As a little exercise, look at your life? Do you have a passion? Something that makes sense of it all? Kids? A hobby? Your job? They're all equally valid, it's your passion, it can be anything you want it to be!
Now check do you use this passion to push forward in life? Do you use it to trigger change in yourself? Escape from the status quo? Fuel your daily fight? Because you should be doing! This passion whatever it is should bring happiness to your life, it should be what get's you through every second of the grind.
What use is a passion if it doesn't help define who you are and why you do all that you do?!
What about those that went looking for a passion, and came up short?
I don't think this is a very healthy place to be. Look Harder!! Life can be monotonous, very 'samey', what do you have that you can break this cycle with? that you can use to provide direction? That you can cling to when the going gets tough?
If you don't chase that promotion at work? If you don't graft to provide a better life for your family? If you don't go running to shave seconds off your PB time? If on any given day you have no aspirations, big or small, What do you do any of it for? No wonder you're feeling pretty low and uninspired.
Why do you get out of bed in the morning? How can you leave the world a better place by the simple fact that you did?
By developing a passion, you will see some amazing changes in your own life, you will impact the lives of all those around you (The Ripple Effect - look out for the next blog post), you will be contributing to the world and all it has to offer,
Now as vague as this post has been, I did warn you I just need to clear some head space, I’m certain there’s a useful theme, I just wanted to suggest that when you have a passion, life starts to make a little more sense, you’re required actions every day start to become a little more obvious and even more basic than that, just simply getting out of bed in the morning to face another day, which at times for us all feels overwhelming, well that get a whole lot easier when you have a ‘why’.
So Go Find Your Ferocious Passion! Trust Me, You’ll Be Glad You Did.