How Can Passion Be A Weakness
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There are many things in life that can make you feel passionate or passionate about something. Being passionate about your career, your family, or how to bake the best oatmeal cookies is totally okay!
Having passion for certain things comes with having them before now. For example, most people have a passion of some sort for music, sports, or reading at some time in their lives.
But what if we were trying to learn a new skill — say, playing the guitar? You would probably look into learning how to play the guitar more closely than someone who already plays it easily.
That’s because being passionate about an area of knowledge takes work to achieve. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Only those with natural talent or motivation can really focus on developing their skills beyond basic levels.
In this article, we will talk about five ways to know if being passionate about something is a weakness or a strength. And then we will discuss strategies to improve any of these areas if they are seen as weaknesses.
Examples of passion
Having passion for your career means doing things you love to do. It is being motivated by what you want to be or do that makes you happy.
It is experiencing pleasure in working hard, staying up late, waking up early, and/or going into work with a good mood. You feel relaxed and confident when you are engaged in activities that matter to you.
In fact, it’s not really passionate unless you’re talking about something that you believe in passionately — something that gives you energy and keeps you inspired.
And while there may be times when you don’t feel like doing certain things, you will eventually get tired or hungry and choose to do them anyway.
You'll also find that as your passions grow, so does your motivation to achieve other goals.
As we know, goal setting is a great way to boost your overall happiness.
So if you need help figuring out how to motivate yourself, look into your dreams and hobbies and see what you can add to them.
More than anything, remember that no one else but you can change your life… including yourself!
I hope this article has given you some tips on how to identify your passions and how to use them to improve your own life.
Too much passion
Sometimes, great things happen because you are passionate about something. You create products or services that people enjoy using or studying for how powerful their effect is.
But sometimes, this over-the-top passion can backfire and hurt your reputation or even cost you money.
That’s when it becomes a weakness instead of a strength.
What I mean by that is not necessarily negative like when someone gets too worked up about an issue or does not seem to be ableed to calm down.
It could be positive, though. People who get really enthusiastic about an event or product may spread false information or promote it heavily which may influence others.
Or maybe they are just very talkative so everyone wants to listen to them! 😉
Either way, you want to make sure that your audience doesn’t perceive you as overly emotional or uncontrolable.
Not enough passion
We have all heard stories of people with no passion, of professionals who don’t seem to care about their work or what they do. They go through the motions at work and nothing seems to make them really excited.
It is very common to feel this way when you are working hard, but your efforts are not rewarded with much recognition or praise. You may even get negative feedback from colleagues and superiors for your good work.
This can be frustrating and demotivating, which makes it harder to put in the effort that you already know you should. You become “hired” into doing your job, but none too enthusiastically.
If this sounds like you, here are some tips to help you strengthen your passion for your career. You will need to work on these, just as you would with any other skill.
Reminder: The more passionate you are about something, the better it works for you. It could mean having a higher level of engagement at work, increased motivation, and higher performance.
But if you aren’t feeling quite so enthusiastic today, that’s okay! Take some time off, relax, and then try again later.
You will find that your enthusiasm returns soon enough – maybe even before you've stopped thinking about what you were doing.
We’ve all heard stories of people who spent their lives practicing something, invested lots of time in it, and then gave up because they didn’t feel passionate about it. It made them feel tired or that they was wasting their time.
That can be hard to believe when someone says they don’t feel passionate about what they are doing, but that’s just because you’re not listening properly.
If you have ever felt frustrated by something you were trying to do, you may have given up before your effort paid off. You could have left feeling discouraged and even more determined not to try again.
But I’m going to give you some tips on how to make things easier for yourself by understanding why it is so difficult to feel passionate about certain things. Then, from here, we will figure out ways to help you achieve your goal — whether it’s to practice yoga every day or write down three ideas per week.
The reason it’s so hard to feel passionate about practicing yoga is…
It can be boring!
Practicing yoga takes regular focus and consistency. You have to show up each time you want to learn new poses, and you have to put in the same amount of time into it as you would anything else you really wanted to get better at.
Similarly, writing takes consistency. You have to set aside time everyday to sit down and “write.
Getting rid of your weaknesses
A strong person is not someone with big muscles, or who has lots of money, or who is well-known. They are not someone who is always talking about how much they love their job.
A true strength will always be seen in action, and not just when things are going their way. You will find that they show self-sacrifice for others, even if it means leaving them behind while they struggle.
They will keep learning new skills and investing time in education even if no one else was supporting them.
And most important, they will choose to put in effort even when you could easily slack off and enjoy spoiling yourself.
I’ve spoken about this before: being rich isn’t necessarily a good thing. It can make us feel more entitled, and we might spend our lives chasing what we want instead of living life.
Having a lot of money makes us look very different from everyone else – it gives us an edge. But at the same time, it can make us jealous and insecure.
It may also hurt those around us, because we are spending our resources less effectively than we could be.
Do not become a fanatic
There is a tendency in our society to value intensity over passion. We have what we call “intensity people” – people who are very passionate about something, but that thing sometimes becomes annoying or distracting to those around them.
This is particularly true when it comes to work. A few years ago, there was an epidemic of professionals who were so consumed by their careers that they would stay up late into the night negotiating business deals, going beyond the time allotted for sleep, and constantly updating social media profiles to promote their company.
These things may be appropriate ways to operate during working hours, but they can also get irritating for colleagues and friends who want to unwind after work.
There’s a reason why having a career takes up most of your life — because it requires lots of effort to keep learning new skills, finding jobs that fulfill you, developing leadership qualities, etc.
But just as important as how much energy you invest in your job is how much energy you devote to other parts of your life.
We are living in an era where we are constantly being trained to be more passionate. About what? About everything!
We're taught to feel intense emotions for every movie we watch, every book we read, and even about how much money we spend.
This is not a bad thing! Emotions can motivate us to do good things, but only if they're the right kind of emotion.
Having too many emotional reactions will distract you from doing your best because you'll be thinking about how you could have done better instead of just going with the flow.
That's why it's important to limit yourself to certain types of passions. Make sure that you enjoy what you’re reading or watching, and you’ll put more effort into it.
Avoid getting overly excited about things unless you are really motivated by this item. - Josiane Bellen
There's a reason that people get paid big money to talk about sports, entertainment, and politics. These areas all require strong internal feelings to remain engaged.
Basketball players need motivation to keep shooting hoops, entertainment fans need inspiration to stay invested in their favorite shows, and politicians must inspire hope and confidence in order to influence others.
If someone didn't know you well before, chances are they would think very little of your ability to be passionately involved in something when they met you.
Learn to enjoy what you are doing
A few years ago, I read an article about how most people have no passion for their lives. I found it hard to believe until I thought about things that I am not passionate about.
I don’t really like cooking so I never cook anything more than once a month. I don’t love reading books so I rarely pick up a book unless I know I will be investing my time into it (which is almost never).
And I can’t remember the last time I went out of my way to do something I didn’t like – which means I probably spent half my life without experiencing something I was not very interested in.
It makes me wonder if someone who doesn’t like sports would ever watch a game they wanted to see just because they decided to make themselves watch it.
The same goes for someone who hates going to restaurants and instead of staying home every night, they go out and spend money they wouldn’t normally spend.
By thinking about things we aren’t passionate about, you become aware of your lack of interest in other things. And since we use our strengths to live our lives, this shows us that we don’t value those things much.