Passion vs. perseverance
What are you passionate about?
How many times have people asked you that question? When you think about it or tell them, your face lights up because whatever you are passionate about makes you happy. You have seen yourself doing this very thing. It may have been for years or maybe just recently, but either way it’s something you feel you would be successful at.
I am quite sure that most people who are successful in life have a passion for what it is they are doing. So here are a couple more questions: What are you going to do with your passion? Will you continue to dream about it, think about it, see yourself doing it or will you take action around it? Start laying the groundwork and building the foundation driven by your passion!
What else would you need to go along with that passion? Perseverance. It is the driver of passion when the going gets tough.
The people who live and work downtown have passion around their dreams. They took that passion and worked hard to build their businesses, get involved in the community and create new adventures. After the excitement and fun start to settle down, they must persevere. They must continue to work hard and smart in order for their dream to become a reality.
Perseverance comes in when your passion seems like it turns into the daily grind of what it takes to run a business, go to school or build a future within new and sometimes unfamiliar territory. Perseverance and passion actually go hand in hand. One might say perseverance is the backbone of passion.
I am very passionate about coaching. It is something I love to do because it is about being of service to others. In the first six months of starting my coaching business it was amazing, fun, exciting and my passion was overflowing! What followed was a reality that I would need to work harder than ever in order to grow my business to where I wanted it to be. And that’s where perseverance came in. I still had my passion, but I knew I had to persevere until I started getting clients and booking speaking and consulting engagements.
Perseverance is a part of that amazing journey filled with the passion of doing what you love to do. You will be tested many times over, but if you persevere you will go to new heights you may never have even dreamed of.
Journalist and anchor Jim Watkins said, “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
Augusta Scott is a certified life coach, downtown denizen and a person to know within the downtown community. Email her at DowntownAbby@dtZEN.com. For coaching opportunities visit Augusta’s website: www.AugustaScott.com.