The Passion Test
Kelly Kloss, former CAO of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, now in a similar role with the City of Fort Saskatchewan, once waxed eloquent on the virtues of SUCCESS magazine. I'm so glad that he did because I eventually picked up a copy when I spotted one in my neighborhood Safeway, waiting to go through the self check-out line. The CD it contained made its way into my vehicle and has been listened to dozens of times since. Eventually, I subscribed to the publication and now it arrives faithfully at my front door every month or so.
My commute to the office isn't terribly long, but I still pop in one of the Darren Hardy (Publisher of SUCCESS) interviews and allow it to settle into my bones. The commute home, especially after 4:30 on a busy weekday, provides an additional 10 or 15 minutes of "driver university".
There are many interviews that resonate like Robin Sharma's discussion "On living a well-rounded life of excellence" where he repeats several times the notion that "it's the little things done consistently that make the biggest difference." I've listened to Sean Stephenson's interview a dozen times, about his life story and his life purpose to "rid the world of insecurity." David Horsager's thoughts on trust transference really resonated, as did Dr. Robert Cialdini's expertise on influence. But it was Chris and Janet Attwood's story about their incredible journey with The Passion Test that compelled me to order their book and begin to review and understand my own passions.
Similar to Sean Stephenson's When Life Works list, The Passion Test asked me to complete the following sentence:
When my life is ideal I am...
The exercise involves answering that question in as many ways as you can, the paring them down to the five most resonant answers. These were the five that rose to the top for me.
When my life is ideal I am:
- Creating every day
- In a state of gratefulness
- Loving well
- Experiencing and/or striving for simplicity
- Sharing and connecting