To discover our passion is to consciously observe our daily activities. Passion should be treated as a verb. It is the action that drives us to enter a state so that when we do it, we tend to forget everything. It is the activity that we’re looking forward, before and after the event. In Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi‘s term, we are in a state of ‘flow’.
The problem is, we live in a society where speed is everything and it is perceived that the busier we are, the more successful we are. Observing, in this particular situation, become uneasy.
Well, speed is not everything, although there are studies that indicate “faster paced places will tend to be more economically productive — which then raises the value of time and, subsequently, the pace of life”.
In my humble opinion, it is not the speed. It is the impact. Some activity demand us to do faster, but not all of them. It is not how many tasks we can deliver in a day, but how huge the impact that we deliver in a day.
Observing, then, become necessity.
We observe our impact upon our stakeholders: our team, our customer, etc. More importantly, we observe ourselves. We observe how do we feel.
And the best way to observe ourselves is to take a pause.
Next post will discuss further on how to conduct observation.