Tuesday February 12, 2008  #9

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” ~Amiel, Journal, 17 December 1856 

To start our series on tips for setting and keeping goals, handling obstacles, and experiencing achievement let’s explore PASSION and JOY. 

One of our fellow JAMmers asks,  

“You have “jump” pictures on many of your web pages and other materials. What is the significance of the jump?” 

Great question!  My calling is to teach people and organizations how to find and use their passion to achieve extraordinary results.  A good visual example of a passionate person is someone literally jumping for joy.  I use this symbol on my website and emails to show you examples of what passion and joy look like. 

Today’s challenge:  After reading this, get up from your chair.  Close your eyes and think about something you are truly passionate about.  It could be family, your work, friends, golf, shopping, music, etc.  Let the feeling of passion settle into your body down to your fingers and toes.  Then, throw your arms straight up over your head and say (as loudly as you can get away with), “Thank you!”  And if you’re feeling really bold, JUMP! 

I have nothing to prove this, but I am certain that you cannot do this exercise without “giving forth your spark” and feeling JOY

Now get back to work – everyone is wondering what you’re smiling about!