Simon Sinek says: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”
We talk about good stress and bad stress, but what’s the difference and how do we know which is which?
It’s believed that good stress is a ‘short-term’ thing, which inspires and motivates you, focuses your energy and enhances performance; whereas bad stress, is the type that wears you out, leaves you nervous and can harm your health.
Bad stress, or distress, can then lead to anxiety, confusion, poor concentration and decreased performance.
We usually feel passion when it’s something we’re interested in. For example, we can have a passion for a sport, hobby, or an activity. When we feel passion towards our job, work, business or occupation, this is usually because we have a positive emotion towards it.
If we have a purpose, and that purpose is driving us towards our ambition, goal or aspiration, then we have a mission, vocation, we love it, whether we are paid for it or not!
Usually things we have a passion for we are good at or striving to be better at. We enjoy it and feel good when we are doing it.
Stress, however, can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action.
Whilst everyone experiences stress to some degree, it’s not good for us to be continually in a stressful state.
So, if we are working hard for something we don’t care about, then this naturally is going to become stressful at some point, and this is something we not only need to be aware of but listen to and act upon.
Not everyone is going to be lucky enough to be in a job they love or care hugely about, and not everyone is going to be in a state of stress, however, we do have choices, and we do have opportunities to change what we are doing, the way we are doing it so instead of working hard for something we don’t care about, instead perhaps we could be working hard for something we love which would completely change how we feel.
If you are at a crossroads, or you are in a job, position, situation or in a business where you feel stressed and not enjoying, then perhaps consider working with a business or life coach to help you determine where your opportunities lie, and choices are.
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