Find Your Path by Analyzing Passion and Urgency
About a decade ago is when It all began. I had to have been about 15 years old. This Is when I started to analyze myself, my ambitions, my hopes, my dreams or simply put, my inner curiosity to figure out what or who was behind my drive. I realized quickly, it was difficult to dig in deep into my developing adolescence brain that had been cultivating and evolving for years so I worked towards applying a self-development mindset to create a framework for my visions and the dreams I was determined to live out. Through journaling, meditation, exploration, and a self-starter mentality, I broke through and the cloak of anxiety began to remove itself. I would set goals, I would go out and try to achieve them and if it didn't work out, I grew immensely intrigued by what variable was missing to reach success, this outweighed any digs that my ego took. In many ways this is what I thought life was all about, creating meaningful moments by driving towards something attainable with the hope of it all coming together. This way we can exit the void of pointless societal mechanics and begin applying the glue to keep us grounded on our individual paths. Not only was I obsessed with achieving but I began to look deeper. What makes motivation possible? Why are some of us excelling to go on to attain our greatest desires while others constantly let the fuel to their fire die out? I think we can all agree the first ingredient of motivation is having a spark to begin with.
We could be driving down the road or doing any other obligatory task, and we think of a great idea. We get excited, then sidetracked, then we go on to do nothing about it. Like most sparks, that's all they will ever be, the beginning stages of a fire, I like to think about it as passion in its infancy stage. Beyond, being able to learn from our mistakes, this type of satisfaction is short lived and, in the end, often invaluable to us and society. In many ways it seems to do the exact opposite, spawning regret. So how do we go from idea cultivation to a long term activated vision? I've broken it down to two important factors, multifaceted passion and urgency.
Most of us know what passion is and I hope you’ve experienced it at some point throughout your life. It is the deep-rooted profound feeling of enjoyment that gives you the sense that you're exactly where you need to be. Nothing else matters when you feel the initial dose pumping through your veins; It’s literally like a powerup. It’s a special activity or space where you simply belong. You no longer are trying to fit into life's complex puzzle, you are the piece snuggly positioned connecting on all sides. You are present no matter your particular level of involvement – beginner or pro. Understanding your passion is like communicating with the gatekeeper to your soul.
I digress, so, when you’re sure there's passion involved, it's now time to retroactively remove yourself from this emotional state and realize there's always a subjective threshold of enjoyment to be measured. This can seem like you’re taking two steps backwards. It can be draining, especially if you’ve never attempted it before but there’s wisdom to be enjoyed in this space. This time should be used to begin giving more weight to logic than emotional cues. You must be aware! Beyond applying this technique, you must measure yourself against your world, this is very important. To start from a proper framework, and weigh your decisions and actions correctly, you should expose yourself to as many people as possible to gage exactly where your intensity fits into the grand equation. If your deep desire is at least average based on past experiences, we can then graduate onto evaluating urgency. When we find urgency, it’s easy to put action first. When we do enough, we eventually accomplish. Through accomplishment, we fast track our growth potential.
Everyone has completed this sequence but at what stage of personal development? While keeping an open mind, I think early on in life it is our duty to allow others to judge, speculate, and push us one way or another, even when the pressure seems uncomfortable. The faster we are able to achieve a higher level of openness, the more things we try, the more information we gather to make better decisions, eventually this all leads up to a clear conscience when making important life decisions.
While conviction is a trait often linked with the visionaries of the world, we can get closer to this type of focus, activation, and understanding by learning more about ourselves and the specific world we live in. So, when the path you're headed on becomes colorless, you'll hopefully be aware of this, learn from your vast experience base, and combine the knowledge from multiple disciplines to make significant changes to get to where you need to be.
Inversely, the downside of this sequence is as passion fades, comfort grows, this must be combated. Through observation, I've found that what separates the average American from global phenoms is the latter has uncovered an uncanny ability to create an abundance of urgency. They do. They do more. They fail. They try again over and over. I have a question to pose when you’re complacent or in a rut. If we wake up comfortable and content why would we push ourselves to the limits? We all don't have personal assistants and motivators on our hip so where does said urgency come from?
We must differentiate emotional cues from our passions. I've watched people dive headfirst into new exciting hobbies, careers, and even relationships and while initially a noble decision, this type of jump doesn't necessarily create the greatest foundation in the long run. I’ve interpreted the solution for this dilemma from a different angle than knowledge I've received from other life coaches. Instead of focusing on what you know, and what’s certain, you need to think broad first! What are your primary driving factors in life and what proof do you have to demonstrate it? Do you want to help those in need? Do you want a successful family? Do you want a prosperous career? Do you want to travel? Those are some of the basic driving factors to select from and when you figure out the inner life-force that drives you, you can begin to work down the hierarchical chain of command. What will get you to those dreams? Of course, start by sharpening your pencil, exploring, and then carefully narrow different disciplines and interests you’ve picked up. This will eventually help you gain momentum but planning for the long game is what will help you sustain. This is what I describe as having the awareness and competence to fluidly move up and down the chain of command. This is difficult and takes a high level of emotional intelligence. When you can flow along this line you always remember your purpose or why you're working so hard in the first place. It could seem silly at times, but to have the perception you are malleable and can constantly tweak, narrow, and edit you visions to compensate for our ever-changing human mind is a broad stroke of genius. After all, your brain is analyzing new variables daily. The simple realization of how often our brain’s presets change can help grow our level of commitment towards a mission and help us stay more consistent. This is because you start to visualize how patchy even YOU can be and how sometimes unimportant variables can blur what’s at your core.
We all have days when the passion becomes mundane and you might feel like you're just doing what you have to do but this is when the Chain of Command comes in. If you can fluidly move along this line, the objectives you've set for yourself will have a dense renewable fuel to burn each day. Speaking from experience, it's similar to what Alan Watt's counseled when addressing the possibility of mind-body convergence and to realize we aren't just observing the universe, we are the universe. When this happens, we can start seeing the many stages of success and materialize the ability to fly higher on the same energy source we've been using for years but only now we're putting it in a much more efficient and wiser engine. When you've successfully flowed along this ladder you will have created your energy deposit for you to tap into for the long duration that is life.
To effectively create urgency, you must have a deep understanding of your tasks at hand and a healthy balance of your particular time constraint. An example of this is a student who is enrolled at university full time. Throughout the semester they may figure out the necessary amount of work to get by at a certain grade level standard. This motivation and clarity to accomplish a task fluctuates but when the final ending weeks of the semester approach, someone without a deeper understanding of why they're attending college in the first place may become flustered and a level of stress and confusion may set in. A student with a broader perspective and maybe even a very complete understanding of their current steppingstone at university may conversely make them feel much aligned to the projects they need to complete and be able to block other distractions to accomplish the final goal optimally. This is when urgency and understanding come together to create a flow state within one’s own mind. This is the difference between people who complain and the people who naturally go and get it done but it doesn't stop there. If you can go from opposition and discomfort to naturally occurring movement, you can also find jovial momentum within yourself.
Another example may be someone working a 9-5 job who wants more out of life but can't seem to find the time to start growing their own business. Someone intertwined with their personal chain of command, realizes there is much to learn when it comes to reducing time exerted in insignificant areas of their life. The key is clearly outlining the insignificant areas. The person out of touch with themselves and their game makes excuses and lacks the discipline to erase the trivial portions of their days’ time pool. This is the most common strategy and is prone to cause compounding mistakes through time. It's entirely possible to be more effective with your time but often, the spark is dead before you lift it out from the gutters of your mind. A thought exercise to combat this is to start thinking about all of the sparks you've let fizzle through the years, and what exactly allowed for the experiments to be so short-lived? Fortunately, this comes at the expense of your ego because often failed progression comes from lack of the lack of discipline I discussed above. Weigh yourself and become super comfortable with your position. An overvaluation can lead to overcompensation or an empty tank, but an undervaluation can increase curiosity, and fuel left to burn.
Another way to create urgency is to spend ample time introspectively looking at what has put you in your darkest places and what potentially could create this negative energy in your future. Having a better understanding of how you manage your own deaths and rebirths will put you in a better place to navigate mundane situations in the future. When people go through catastrophic emotions like illness, death, or failure, these events put you into a specific virus like state that the body wants to naturally overcome. Basic constructs around you can shatter and you fall into a flight or degenerative state. These downslopes through the game of life frequently inspire people to break out with new profound understanding. If we can meditate on these moments, or the moments yet to come, we can again find extra fuel to burn. This is because these blowouts won’t be as catastrophic, and you can get back on your path quicker.
To describe all of this directly, and on the surface, moving along the passion and urgency Chain of Command I describe is similarly associated with a philosophy we've all been introduced to at one point or another; when you of wake up in the morning and give yourself a good look in the mirror, if you were die tomorrow, are you doing what you want to do? For some this proposition might be enough, more many that struggle with anxiety, depression, and mental health issues, a deep dive, and rebuilding your mind's framework is a necessity. Consequently, a gift you receive automatically while redirecting your life within this wiser headspace is the courage to keep moving again and again. As Jordan Peterson says, "The self is what manages the transformation." If we're able to manage ourselves proficiently, the key word is manage, we will recognize this strength or fortitude is what it takes to grow as a person. With this development, comes exponential growth, added sanity, and peace. Our mind is like software the more we rework it, the better the odds we end up with a better program. To stay stagnant, to not invest in our ability to think introspectively, is to fight a losing battle with human biology. How often are you reprogramming or evaluating the framework of your mind?