Passion is Overrated, Consistency is King

I was scrolling through Twitter feeds earlier today and a video caught my attention. If you are a football fan, you will totally understand this. Even if you are not a football fan, chances are you know someone who is crazy about football. It was a 2 minute video of a match between Watford and Leicester city, FA cup. Watford was 2 - 1 up(2 - 2 on aggregate). It was injury time and Leicester had just been awarded a penalty. If they scored, Watford would have cough up 2 goals in a minute to have a chance at qualifying for the final. Leicester player steps up, takes the penalty, goalkeeper keeps it out. The ball falls back to the player, he takes another strike at goal, goalkeeper saves it a second time and suddenly Watford launches a counter attack. Leicester players are trying to get back as Watford player press forward. One long pass, a cross, a header, and a shot later, Watford scores. The stadium goes wild. The goal scorer runs and jumps into the spectators stand to celebrate with fans, other fans invade the pitch to celebrate with the players. The coach of Watford is absolutely ecstatic, Leicester players are dazed, still trying to process the situation, their fans sad with some even crying. A whirlwind of emotions sweeps through the stadium. I like to believe this video is as good a definition of passion as any.

Passion at a glance

What is passion? One definition I found was:

An intense desire or enthusiasm for something

This is as good a definition as any. On a usual day, you will find me advocating about passion. You would find me encouraging people to be passionate about whatever they do. My believe is that you are more productive when you do something you enjoy doing. I know I am. Your passion may involve some challenges but because it is something you love and enjoy, you would usually find that extra fuel or courage you need to carry on. Take an instance. Your passion may be sky diving. Not every one would jump at the chance to do this. Personally, jumping out of a plane is not exactly my cup of tea. I would rather not. Someone that is passionate about it would be thrilled at the chance to sky dive. Passion is great, but passion alone is not enough.

Consistently is King

Generally, these days especially, a lot of focus is placed on passion.

Follow your passion, it would lead you to your purpose

You hear these and similar phrases all the time. Every one is just passionate about everything. Passion is being thrown around, loosing it’s meaning in the process. While it’s great to have a passion for what you do, that alone is not enough. I believe on a grand scale of things, in the race to finding purpose, Consistency takes you a longer way than passion. The more you do a thing, the better you become at it. It is not rocket science, it is simple logic. Like Aristotle once said:

A habit is something you consistently do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.

When you do something consistently, it becomes a habit. You can’t help but do that thing. Your day feels incomplete if you don’t do it at some point in a day. You want to become a better footballer, spend more time on the pitch. You want to become a medical doctor, hit the books and study hard. Whatever it is you want to achieve, invest more time doing it. Have all the passion in the world, if you don’t spend time learning, practicing, putting the work in to becoming better at that thing, you will remain average at best. Average might seem comfy, safe, secure. But if you want more from life, want to achieve more, put in the work. Like my mum would say, there is no hard and fast rule to it.

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