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Passion – It’s place in training and life

Passion

Passion is something I have huge amounts of, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a passionate person. Google defining “Passionate” returns

Adjective
Showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief.
Showing or caused by intense feelings of sexual love.

I’m sure friends of mine would agree that I have no problem voicing my opinions on some things (Like bad drivers or how dogs are better than cats) but that I wouldn’t be the most passionate person they know. Maybe they would, I don’t know, I didn’t ask, but the point still stands;

You don’t necessarily have to be passionate to have a passion for something
 
Since the end of 2011 to now, I’ve honed in on the exact three things I’m most passionate about.
  1. My Happiness
  2. My Career
  3. Engineering, particular in Motorsports
Everything I plan to do on a daily, weekly or yearly basis is aimed at either improving these or making them a bigger part of who I am and what people associate me with. They are huge drivers of my emotions, actions and energy and I feel that having passions, something you strive to achieve, should be something that everyone has, and here’s why.
Recently in work I was involved in six sigma training, not giving the training of course, but I was trained so as to be a support person on site for those receiving the training, who then had to complete a project. Being a contractor, and not a direct employee of the company, meant I wasn’t entitled to put my name down to actually get the diploma but was granted access to sit in on the classroom training.
The theory was that I would be trained in the methods and processes used in Six sigma so as I could pair it with my working knowledge of the plant and provide help to those who didn’t grasp either fully and aid them on their way. Think of me as supervisor for final year projects in college. Not there to do the project, but someone to help you along as you get stuck or if you’re in a pickle.
Needless to say, because of my passion for improving my knowledge, being known as someone who takes their career very seriously and my “give it 100% or get out” outlook on work I soon became the go to person for six sigma help on site, despite completing the same training as everyone else. I was being asked for help left right and center because it was clear to everyone that I worked hard at understanding the concepts.
Skip forward to last week: The next round of training is about to begin and I was asked to come along to one of the meetings for the new round of people. The aim of the meeting was to insure they knew exactly how much work is involved in the project (It’s a lot, trust me). So I rock in, expecting maybe a question or two, nothing more. Little do I know that I’m presenting an entire project to a room full of about 15-20 people. I thought, no big deal, step up to the plate and go through the project, the steps taken and how six sigma applied to each step. The meeting finishes up and I rock back to the office.
Within the space of 24 hours, no less than five people had come up to me remarking on my impressive presentation skills, knowledge of six sigma (despite some of them having received the same level of tuition as me) and exceptional levels of energy and excitement on the operation of the site as a whole.
Why were they so impressed? I can tell you straight up that it’s not because I’m some kinda brain box, or that I know the plant and how beer is made like the back of my hand. It’s because I gave my six sigma training and that presentation 100%. I didn’t take short cuts, I didn’t skip anything and I made damn sure that if I didn’t know something or fully understand it that I asked someone. I follow this method for everything I do in work, no matter how trivial. I made such a big impression that despite not actually being a Diageo employee, I have been given the opportunity to actually complete a project and receive green belt accreditation. This is at a cost of €2,000 to a company that I don’t even work for. If you take nothing else from this post, realise that being passionate about my career made me two grand.
The same can be said for my gym training. In the past year I have gone from 92 Kg in January 2012 to the 65Kg I am now. I’ve lost an extortionate amount of body fat, my lifts have all gone up in weight and I’m eating cleaner (and enjoying it more too) then I have in my entire life.I often get asked what my secret is or how I managed to do it. There is no secret. I just got sick of ‘wanting it’ and decided I was going to get it. I stopped lying to myself on where I was in relation to where I wanted to be, how unhappy it was making me and on exactly how hard I was working to get to that end point. I’m not going to go into what I did to get these results, earlier posts have covered that, but again, passion to get what I wanted was the main driver.
Since then, I’ve been asked and emailed by people I’ve not talked to in years looking for advice. Asked for help on getting huge, on what to eat, on how to get faster stronger and healthier. I am truly flattered. Honestly I am. I am by no means an expert but again, it shows that passion for something really does yield results and shine’s through in who you are. To my eyes it seems that you lot out there associate “getting results” with me, and I think that’s bloody freaking awesome.
At the end of the day having a passion for something can often outweigh anything else. It isn’t hindered by the current situation, lack of knowledge or any of life’s other boundaries. Your passions will show through to others, people you can’t even imagine, and depict you as who you truly are.
My number one advice to anyone looking to achieve anything, in the gym or otherwise, is to get passionate about it and why you’re doing it. Once you do that, the work you do to get there doesn’t seem like work at all.