“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
Working in sports, I'm assuming I get to hear these words more than people who don't.
The words are, "I love what I do."
One of my favorite parts of the year is when all of my pro baseball players make it back into the gym.
These guys play a lot of games. Over 4-5 months, they rarely see a day off. And because of this schedule of travel, play and practice, many of them haven't spent too much time training in the gym.
But what I've found in the best players I've worked with, in any sport, come back to me with a renewed drive. No matter how the previous season turned out, their focus in on whatever their next step is to improve.
Rarely do we talk about past performance, but rather focus on future goals. We use their past performance as a place to turn failures and successes into progress.
This all comes back to an intense passion for what they do. When the greatest battle against our human nature is to settle, because of the love for their sport, their talent never settles.
Jim Rohn said, "We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value."
Maybe you have yet to find a love that drives you into the search for constant progress. But this doesn't mean there's ever room to settle.
Our greatest fight isn't to find what we love, but instead settle for what we don't.
Wage war against that downward pull. No matter what it is, your life, your family, your job, your health, don't be satisfied.
If you do this in everything in your life, your passion is sure to find you.