“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” – John Wesley
The phone doesn’t stop ringing. Emails are pouring in. Your bank balance is growing. More and more opportunities for business are coming your way. Why?
You’re living your passion, your dream. You’re getting noticed. You’re standing out.
Sound like a dream? Sadly for many it is. Too many business owners are wallowing in thesea of sameness – there’s nothing that stands them apart from their competitors. They’re one of many, rather than the one who stands tall and gets noticed.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Business doesn’t have to be hard, or worrying, or sleep depriving.
Business should be a joy – that thing that gets you out of bed in the morning with a skip in your step, a smile on your face… a ‘seize the day’ energy and motivation.
VIVA – Vision Internalised is Vision Actualised™
It’s VIVA that stands successful business owners out from those who aren’t successful. It’s VIVA that creates momentum, focus, excellence and results.
As Steve Jobs once said: ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’ That’s passion.
Passion understood in 3 Questions
You might be asking: ‘So where do I start with this passion thing? How do I find my passion?’
Passion comes from 3 areas. Purpose. Vision. Values.
Answer these 3 key questions and you’ll find your passion.
Passion Question 1: What’s my Why? Why do I do what I do?
Unless you’re totally clear on Why you do what you do, you’ll just have a job that might bring in some money. Your Why is your purpose or your mission (to use 1980/90s language) – the key thing your business does.
What difference do you want to make in the lives of those you serve? That’s your Why!
To help you, my big Why is Success! I delight in guiding small business owners achieve business success which then leads them to create THEIR dream lives – however they define their dream and success.
Passion Question 2: What do you want to achieve in your business? What’s your vision?
Purpose is what drives us, and vision expresses that purpose. Vision is the big picture of what you aspire to achieve. Vision is the big dream for your business (and your life).
Passion Question 3: What are your values?
What are the foundation stones that support you to live your life? How do they translate into values that support you in business?
Some see values as those ‘waffly words’ that hang on the walls of corporate offices. Hmmm, sadly that can be true. But values as those core emotions that are key to us. Personally I’m highly value driven and I hope you can ‘feel’ my values as you connect in and get to know me.
Let’s get passionate
While answering the three passion questions can seem a bit daunting, don’t think you have to do it alone. Get help. I promise you, when you’ve gotten your purpose, vision and values nailed…. you’ll be swinging from the rafters and popping open the champagne, as something will have changed. You’ll feel alive, passionate and extraordinary, or at least invincible, as you start focusing on living your passion every day through your business and in your life.
Here’s the thing. When you’re living your passion, it oozes from you and people feel the vibe. They want to be around you and they want to work with you. That’s how you grow your business. By letting your passion shine brightly for all to see.
Here’s what one of my clients, Jenni, emailed me recently… ‘My sizzling continues! Thank you! And it is attracting opportunities.’ I wish that for you and your business too.
ACTION: What’s your ‘Why’? I’d love you to share in the comments below. Perhaps your Why might act as an inspiration to others.