Peak performers can operate at an extraordinary level because they are focused on what’s important to them. If you want to be a peak performer then you need to learn how to pursue your passion. In my book, Convergence, The Secrets of Black Belt Peak Performance that will be out in late January of 2017, I call this element your source.
Your source is your why, those tugs and feelings that pull at your hearts, giving you direction. The problem for many people is they simply have never thought about their source, why they do the things they do
In order to pursue your passion, you need to know your why. Knowing you why allows you to let go of things that aren’t empowering your life and start acting on what really matters.
So how can you focus on your source? First you start by knowing what you want.
Ask people what they want and they’ll tell you things like, “I don’t want to be in debt” or “I don’t want to be overweight” or “I don’t want to work for this company anymore”. When asked, most people can tell you what they don’t want but very few people can tell you what they DO want.
The problem with this is your mind can’t take you in the direction of a negative. Don’t think about a pink elephant.
What are you thinking about right now?
I’m sure you get the point.
You Have to Accept Who You Are to Pursue Your Passion
Peak performers trust themselves. To trust yourself you need to learn to take responsibility for yourself and accept you for who you are, right now.
First yourself, “What circumstances have led me to where I am today?”
Next ask, “Is this where I really want to be?”
Now, be brutally honest with yourself. Maybe you got a job right out of college because you needed a job and you have continued down this path. Accept this fact. Only by accepting who and where you are can you give yourself permission to change course.
Remember, it will not always be easy to pursue your passion. A change of course could upset your family or disappoint your mom and dad. But maybe you really don’t want to be a doctor like your parents wanted you to be.
Maybe pursuing your passion means moving to another part of the country or the world, away from family and friends. This can make you and them uncomfortable. Making these decisions won’t be easy. But if you really find your source, your why, you won’t be able to do anything else.
Pursuing Your Passion Won’t Make the Perfect Life
No matter what you choose to do, life isn’t going to be perfect. Stuff happens. Circumstances come into your life that are way beyond your control. But when you know your source, your why, you can deal with them and stay on course.
Pursuing your passion doesn’t mean moving to a remote cave or taking a vow of silence. It simply means understanding your source and then allowing yourself to become the person you need to be to pursue it.
This, of course, means forgetting about what others think. It means telling others where you stand on issues. It means accepting who you are and who you are becoming.
Pursuing your passion and becoming the person you want to be is a life long journey. And, like all journeys, things may change and your focus may shift and, as a result, you change course. That’s okay. That’s what becoming the best you possible is all about.
Are you currently pursuing your passion? If not, why not?
Start down your new path by deciding to take your first step today!
About the author:
Wil Dieck is a writer, speaker, researcher, college professor and master martial arts instructor. He studies and teaches people from all walks of life how to use simple psychological techniques to develop high performance habits.
Wil’s most recent works includes the highly ranked Amazon Kindle book, Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset, Turing Simple Habits into Extraordinary Success and Modern Mindfulness, A Beginners Guide on How to Find Peace and Happiness in a Busy World.
In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Wil is a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University of Integrated Studies.
Wil runs a peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California. Additionally, he regularly works with people who are suffering from stress and anxiety using meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.