I believe whatever the field of endeavour is—sports, business, science, medicine, education, ministry, charity service—no one can perform at his or her best without passion. Anything and everything one deal with is too tough to get to the top without passion. You’re going to fail, be taken advantage of, be disappointed by people you trust, disappoint yourself, run out of resources—almost every day you’re going to encounter a good, solid, logical reason why you ought to give up. And without passion, you just might. That’s why passion is the pre-requisite for peak performance.
Peak performance is dependent on passion, grit, determination, and a willingness not to give up even if results are poor. Of course, this is when you know that you can hit it best sooner or later. Most importantly, if one is scared about the outcome at the very word ‘Go’ it is almost certain that you won’t make it.
I am definitely not a big time scholar or management wizard or anyone from those elite few. However, witnessing or dealing with different issues, different people, different situations, different locations of more than 3 decades have taught certain things. And one among such lessons is that the key to any kind of motivation is “Purpose”.
We come across several people in our life who are passionate for one thing or other. Passion fueled by purpose together with few like-minded friends can take you to the goal. One’s own passion out of one’s own energy has limited sustenance. I believe.
There is no perpetually moving machine in the universe, because everything in this world either runs down or runs out of fuel at some point of time. Each of us trying to maximize our peak performance day after day also can run out of fuel one day. That is why one needs to synergize one’s passion with that of a few more so that the passion continues, so will the energy.
Effectively one needs passion, that passion which is adequately fuelled by purpose, channelized energy from a few like-minded friends to meet real success or goal. More than my perception it is my firm belief.
In short, it is the ‘Purpose’ that generates ‘Passion’ and Passion generate energy to accomplish any goal that one set in his private, professional or organisational life.
If we reasonably agree with the above, then it is for each of us to decide how we want to run our club…!!!
Madhu K. Nair [4th of May 2015]