Protect Your Passion

A Light in the Darkness

Your passion is like a fire. It is your light in the darkness. Your right in the middle of so many wrongs. It is your personal navigation system. It will sustain you. Protect you. Keep you grounded. Aligned. Focused. Accountable. Authentic. It will give you warmth. Direction. Clarity. It will draw people to you. It will also repel. It will open doors and build relationships. But not always. It will also close and end. Some people will be inspired by your passion and some, intimidated. Angry, even.

Your passion is powerful and it will feed you but in return, you must feed it. Protect it. Keep it burning. If you sustain it, it will sustain you. Keep you grounded. Storms will come and go but in protecting your passion, its flame will stay alive and you will not lose your way.

Over time, some people will seek to extinguish your fire and to derail your journey. Don’t be disappointed or surprised. It’s what people do. Well, some people. Rather, be resilient. And courageous. Don’t hate or resent them but do recognise them for what they are and what they are not.

Your True North

Along the way, your passion is the place that you should return to often. When in doubt or despair, it can be the platform from where you view the world. Your true north. The place where you collect your thoughts. Be still. Take a breath. Find perspective. Plan your life. And make your decisions. Your passion does not require the approval or acceptance of others but it does require your commitment, energy and courage. It will not always provide an easy life but if you are faithful, your passion will provide a rewarding one.

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Michael (Brissie One) March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I noticed being over 40 that people will derail your ‘passion’ more and more, bring up the old boogeymen of fear – ageing and no superannuation. These things are true and the fear of poverty and death is so powerful that we comply. Mostly. But we also feel empty. I know we sometimes do that to children even in the so called enlightened 21st century “oh don’t be a mechanic tom boy jane” “bruce don’t do ballet you don’t want to be called a..” But I just notice the fear around being over 40 and how time is ‘running out’ so get into that office or whatever, shut up and let the young ones go to festivals and become your bosses.

I do agree with you Craig we need to counter the arguements of those that devalue us as we age that we are on a scrap heap especially men.

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chebbieanne March 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Michael I think that the one person who derails us most is ourselves. I do remember feeling a bit old at 40 however I have moved on a bit over the last 20 years and have learned to appreciate those things that only life experience gives us. The only time we have is the present so we have to make today matter. We feel empty trying to fulfil the expectations of others be that society or friends/family rather than ourselves. I don’t mean in a selfish self centred way but rather that we need to share our experience and time to help others and become relevant in our life and in doing so the emptiness and fear loses its power. If you believe that you matter others will also. Survival is dependant on the ability to adapt to meet your current needs. Make living life to the max your passion and don’t worry about death – it will find you when the time comes – it is not age related and you dont need to wait around for it. Live life like there is no tomorrow and enjoy today. :)

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Michael March 13, 2013 at 2:42 am

What a lovely reply thank you

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Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Craig, I don’t know what it is that sustains you, but whatever it is, I’m one of the people that are drawn towards it rather than away. I’m glad you don’t skew away from doing what you do, and I hope the rewards are worth it.

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Nikki March 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Love :-)

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Sulagna - Love in India March 12, 2013 at 12:45 am

So true Craig. Especially the people part.
The challenge is to keep that fire alive.

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sweetpea March 12, 2013 at 3:23 am

I hear you.

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Carly March 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

I remember Charlie Sheen speaking about passion.

“I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes. And I don’t think people are ready for the message that I’m delivering, and delivering with a sense of violent love.”

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Nik March 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

Brilliantly said Craig! There are too many people trying to dampen our passion.

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Robbo March 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Any tips for finding my passion? 3 years and i still don’t know.

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Bec Casey March 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Craig,
I feel like you are talking to me when I read your blog. I unfortunately have a few derailers in my life.

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Kassy March 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

Succinct. Powerful. Brilliant. Thank you. I’m printing this out (hope you don’t mind) and adding it to my business documents.

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Anonymous March 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

I’d like to protect it, but i’ve got to find it first.

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Andy March 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I for one am passionate about my career. I see and hear far too many people grumble about their careers yet not do anything about it. What is that about?

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Bernadette March 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Hi Craig,
I love all of your articles. This one is brilliant and very relevant to me right now. I have found my passion and I want to ensure I keep it alive. Can you write an article on how to feed the passion and keep it alive?
I would also welcome suggestions from others as to how you keep your passion alive.
I have found that taking action to follow my passion is very important, whether I get the intended results or not. If I don’t take action the passion diminishes. Having passion helps me overcome the obstacles and keep moving forward.

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Geoff Jowett March 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

Be resilient – be courageous
Love it

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Kelly March 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

I believe successful people create opportunities, make decisions and act upon them with passion. This is why they are successful.

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Brian Madigan March 15, 2013 at 4:37 am

Wonderful Craig. Passion is often times unreasonable, but, it is what keeps us going. Staying connected to our core passions throughout life is essential to happiness and fulfillment.

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