1 Reason Why You Should NOT Chase Your Passion.
“We don’t use the word ‘passion’ here.”
My wife, Melissa, and I recently had the privilege of attending LEAD at Dallas Theological Seminary. LEAD stands for Leadership Evaluation and Development. In a nutshell, we spent 5 days in intensive sessions with different coaches who helped us greatly in the areas of Life Dream, Ministry, Career Matching, Giftedness, and Family/Personal. Let me just tell you–it was fantastic!
Bill Hendricks, the acting Head of the Hendricks Center for Leadership (and youngest son of the late Dr. Howard Hendricks), was our Life Coach. That’s his quote at the top. And I’d like to elaborate on that.
I’ll bet you’d like for me, too. After all, shouldn’t a Life Coach help you find your passion in life and chase it?
Well… no. Here is the reason why.
Passion is only half of the big picture.
There are things you and I can do well.
And there are things you and I are excited about doing.
But most of those things do not converge into that one area of life where we really fit just right.
Take talent for example: I can play the guitar. I can play the piano (by chords), and I can sing. And I’ve led worship in church services millions of times in the past 25 years.
(Seriously, it feels like millions.)
I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I’m not that bad. BUT, I’m not excited about doing it.
Now let’s talk about something I’m excited about doing: golf.
I love the game. I even like watching it on tv!
But when I play, I’m usually in the woods. And water. And sand. And I’ve hit about 2 dozen houses in the past decade.
(This is what big trees on the golf course are for–hiding.)
I’m excited about playing golf. But I should never, NEVER chase that dream of going pro. Not me.
Because this is not where my strengths (talent) and my motivation (excitement) merge.
We’re told to chase our dreams–our passion in life. And that sounds noble. But many people only find out half of the whole story. And we end up chasing something that we may be motivated to do, but we lack in the talent or strength in that area.
Or we may chase something we can do well, but we’re not really that excited about doing it.
Either way, we end up less than fulfilled. Sometimes even quite miserable.
At LEAD we found where those 2 important key ingredients intersect: strengths and motivation.
Bill Hendricks said, “We don’t use the word ‘passion’ here.” He went on to say, “We will help you find your strengths and your motivation, and help you see where they merge. Then we will help you make a game plan to chase that. Because there will be your Life Dream.”
So what are your strengths? What are you good at? Is it writing? Speaking? Teaching? Working with your hands?
And what motivates you the most? Inspiring people? Seeing that things are organized? Or seeing how a room can best be decorated?
Don’t just chase your passion. Chase that which you are strengthened to do (wired for) and motivated to do (excited about).
It’s how God made you. And when you operate in that area, you love life more and bring God more glory!
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