FOR A PUBLIC SPEAKER, PASSION IS CRUCIAL. “SCIENCE shows that passion is contagious, literally,” writes communication coach Carmine Gallo. “You cannot inspire others unless you are inspired yourself. You stand a much greater chance of motivating and inspiring your listeners if you express an enthusiastic, passionate, and meaningful connection to your topic” (Talk like TED).
Gallo made these statements in a book in which he evaluated the most popular TED talks on the Internet. Some of these free lectures have been viewed as many as 10 million times! And of all the qualities he found in the most successful lectures, the first he describes is PASSION.
What works for public speaking works for LIFE. To really succeed at something, you need passion.
When directed at the right things, passion is a Godly Virtue. Consider (Isaiah 9:7) “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS.”
God is a ZEALOUS, PASSIONATE leader! We also need to be passionate in order to get things done. If you are excited about what you’re doing whether work, hobby, family, and or friendship, if you are devoting your heart to it, you will be far more effective at it. Those activities and relationships will be more satisfying and enjoyable.
Here are three reasons why passion is so important and why you should seek to build more of it in your life.
Passion inspires action, Emotion is an impulse toward an ACTION. We are to be doers of the Word (James 1:22). And generally, you don’t do things you don’t want to do, at least not for long. That’s one of the human sides of emotion that we must all fight to overcome daily by developing a passion for God. Somebody once said “Nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm.” If you’re passion about it, you’ll do it.
Passion surmounts obstacles. When doing something difficult, complications always arise. It is easy to kill weak motivation. But if you are passionate about that thing, your motivation gets stronger and that strong motivation will get you through. When George Lucas made the first Star Wars movie, he experienced numerous setbacks that threatened the whole project. Lucas nearly had a nervous breakdown! But he possessed a passion, driven by a strong vision, that kept him pressing forward. It enabled him to complete one of the most successful films in history.
Passion is contagious. It is very hard to lead others to make positive changes in their lives. Passion is crucial if you are to even have a shot at helping someone. A leader must be passionate in order to inspire others. “Fires cannot be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men.” One investment firm screened 241 companies over a four year period, and funded 41 of them; just over 1 in 6. When asked why, the investors said they looked first at the strength of the opportunity and the strength of the entrepreneur. But their next biggest determining factor: “PERCEIVED PASSION.” Perceived passion involves enthusiasm and excitement, and is distinct from how prepared or committed an entrepreneur may be to their venture, Gallo explains.
So passion is important. But how do you get it?
Some people seem born with passion; for a career, sports, music, or other activity. Most of us often don’t have that passion naturally. We tend to cruise along, give minimal effort, and become complacent. Naturally we don’t have enough of the right kind of positive, passionate emotion toward what we do and toward the people in our life. Life tends to smother enthusiasm with multiple distractions, daily routines, and other things. So passion is something we must actively, intentionally cultivate and nurture. Here are two points on how to build passion.
Action inspires passion. If you know you should do it, DO IT! Don’t wait to feel inspired. Take action and motivation will follow. There is a loop here. In “Meditations on the Wisdom of Action,” Kyle Eschenroeder wrote, “Out fatal mistake is waiting to be motivated before we take action.” ACTION MOTIVATES. I don’t feel like working out until i get my blood flowing, … I don’t want to go to the dinner party until I’m there. … Instead of waiting to feel like working toward who you’d like to be, act in line with that desire, and the FEELING WILL FOLLOW, TAKE ACTION TO BECOME. Proverbs 16:3 makes the same point: “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” the deed precedes the thought. The action precedes and inspires the passion.
Get passionate about what God is passionate about. God’s thoughts are higher than out and we have to rise to reach them (Isaiah 55:9). God is passionate; we have to go after that passion. For example, we prayers aren’t effective. God says fervent, effectual (Greek: energeo) prayers avail much! (James 5:16). Ask God for the right passion, and all the same emotions he has. Ask in faith, be persistent, and He will give it.
Build more passion in your life. The more you do it, the more motivated you will be, the more successful and effective will be your activities and your relationships, and the more satisfaction and joy you will have.