(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


You probably know people who tell you how passionate they are about something. Yet, when you hear their story and feel their energy, something is “off”. It could be that instead of being powered by a passion they are caught up in a compulsion.

A compulsion drives you; it’s a must-do. A passion pulls you; it’s a want-to.

At the end of the day, if you are living your passion you feel full. A compulsion leaves you drained.

With a compulsion you feel time-constrained and are constantly aware of the future or the past. With a passion you lose track of time and are “in the moment”. (“Gosh, where did the time go?”)

When you handle your needs, the things you feel compelled to do fade. Know your values and you discover the joy of living your passions.


Copyright 2002 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.