One of my roles as a Health & Wellness Coach is to help people reach their potential. For years as a sales leader/coach/mentor, I tried to inspire passion in people by going about it the wrong way. I used to tell people about what made me passionate, what made me want to get out and do my best. But I could see that it wasn’t having the effect I desired; people just didn’t respond. I couldn’t ignite others’ passion by sharing my own.
I decided to change my focus. I took a short sabbatical from my career and attended a school in San Diego for Life & Career Coach training and that training has proven extremely useful. What I learned is, instead of sharing my passion, I started helping others discover their passion. To do that, I ask these questions:
- What do you sing about?
- What do you cry about?
- What do you dream about?
The first two questions speak to what touches you at a deep level today. The third answers what will bring you fulfillment tomorrow. The answers to these questions can often help people discover their true passion.
While everybody can possess passion, not everyone takes the time to discover it. And that’s a shame. Passion is fuel for the will. Passion turns your have-to’s into want-to’s. What we accomplish in life is based less on what we want and more on how much we want it. The secret to willpower is what someone once called wantpower. People who want something enough usually find the willpower to achieve it; e.g. losing weight, finding courage to leave an unhealthy relationship, achieving the sales goal.
You can’t help people become winners unless they want to win. Champions become champions from within, not from without.
Ask people on your team, or those you love, what they sing, cry, and dream about. Their answers may surprise you.
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