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from book The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life

The key message in these blinks:
Passion is all about becoming entirely consumed by an activity that brings the most amount of satisfaction to your life. But beware the pitfalls of passion – it can lead to unhealthy obsessions and even being driven by fear. As long as your passion remains harmonious, it can develop in a healthy direction. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean living a balanced life – passion inevitably requires sacrifice. But the joy and rewards of the mastery of passion can be worth it.
Actionable advice:
If you’re feeling lost while developing your passion, take time to meditate.
Sometimes, we can get so deep into our passion that we forget to take a moment to step back and gather our thoughts. This is where meditation comes in. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked or even just stressed by anything relating to your passion, sit or lie down and clear your head. Focus on your breath and let your thoughts pass by without judging them.
For those of us already deep in our pursuit of passion, regular meditation can be a great way to cope with stress. Even just 20 minutes a day will help equip you to deal with any challenges that you might meet along the way.

What to read next: Peak Performance, by Brad

Stulberg and Steve Magness.

Now that you’ve figured out how to begin pursuing your passion, it’s time to learn how to best go about staying at the top of your game. This is where the science behind performance comes in. As we’ve seen in these blinks, harnessing the science behind passion is vital to achieving our goals. Imagine how you’ll excel at what you love when you harness the science behind both passion and performance?
Luckily, the same authors who just provided wisdom on passion-seeking have also explored how performance can be enhanced. So check out our blinks to Peak Performance, where we’ll dive deep into how various athletes, artists and intellectuals have harnessed the science behind performance to take their game to the next level.

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