Passion is the fuel for positive emotions and higher performance levels in the world of sports.
Passion influences an athlete’s ultimate success.
Passion is that intense love of the sport, of the game. It’s the fuel and the flame–it’s the fire deep down in the belly of a Champion!
Motivational speakers go to extremes to “fire up” participants, to inspire them and trigger a charge of enthusiasm. But if you ask me, I will tell you that the true fire gets ignited by a dream and that dream is fueled by passion. It comes from within, not from the outside, not by listening to another person or by observing something, or even from being involved in a sport.
Passion, according to the dictionary, is defined as a strong inclination to an activity that is self-defining, that a person loves, finds important, and in which regular time and energy are invested.
Over the past decade, the field of psychology has taken an interest in passion. A number of studies have been conducted on the subject and have subsequently led to the publication of professional papers that describe two types of passion–harmonious and obsessive.
Harmonious passion springs from an autonomous internalization of a specific activity into one’s identity. Research shows that harmonious passions contribute to continuous and ever expanding psychological well-being.
Harmonious passions help prevent negative experiences, like psychological conflicts and the sense of being ill at ease. Other research broadens harmonious passion’s outcomes to show that happy people have better health, better relationships and–what notably pertains to sports and athletics–higher levels of performance.
Obsessive passion, on the other hand, springs from a controlled internalization rather than an autonomous one, and it eventually comes to control a person, rather than to inspire or enhance one’s life.
The positive effects of harmonious passion prove valuable to everyone’s ultimate success. And for athletes, it can lead to winning at the sports they are passionate about.