Passion has two components:
1) The pleasure you feel WHILE contemplating, creating, or consuming what you love.
2) The pleasure you feel AS A RESULT of being committed to what you love even when it’s not convenient.
The first component is characterized by the idea of immediate gratification. It’s the instant payoff we get from participating in fun activities.
The second component is characterized by the idea of fulfillment. It’s the pride, relief, and self-respect we get from flowing energy at our goals in the presence of seemingly unsupportive conditions.
The key to following your passion is not limiting your definition of “passion” to the first component.
There’s more to pursuing your passion than only engaging in overtly fun activities and there’s more to feeling good than experiencing immediate gratification. Feeling good and having fun are states that a successful creator must learn to synthesize for himself rather than depending on conditions of ease to supply him with a daily dose of inspiration.
Every passionately sought goal has moments in which one does not feel the initial excitement that catalyzed the pursuit.
“Following your passion” does not mean you should stop going after what you want every time you encounter difficulty and discomfort. People who do this are actually following their resistance.
Here’s an example:
Let’s suppose you’re chasing after a rabbit and the rabbit runs through a pile of crap. If you decide to stop chasing the rabbit because of some crap that’s on the path, then what would you be following? Well, you definitely wouldn’t be following the rabbit. The rabbit would still be on the move and you’d either be standing there disgusted by the crap or heading off elsewhere in pursuit of more convenient experiences. You’d be following the crap because that’s where you’d be getting your cues from. If you were following the rabbit, you would have gone around, through, or over the crap.
When your decisions are based on reactions to resistance, then you’re following your resistance because that’s the element that’s dictating your agenda.
If you want to follow your passion, you have to be willing to run around, through, or over the crap that gets in the way.
Follow your passion, NOT your resistance
That’s my two cents,