(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
Ah, Passion! Passion drives. Passion pulls. It is an effusive energy which enrolls and gathers others. Passion creates. Passion tries, fails, and tries again.
Passion! You can feel good just in the word.
On the other hand, what of zealotry? A zealot is someone who is a fanatic, closed to the ideas and input of others. A zealot knows the “truth” and demands that you agree with him or her. They are typically dogmatic in their thinking, un-open to change.
Someone who is passionate can have a similar, all- consuming energy, but they differ from the zealot because passion is engaging, ultimately it s joyous, whereas zealotry can be grim and judgmental.
Coaching Point: Have you decided to avoid zealots and develop your passion?
Copyright 2005 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.