So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof. One cannot obtain the full force of the sunlight when it is cast on a flat mirror, but once the sun shineth upon a concave mirror, or on a lens that is convex, all its heat will be concentrated on a single point, and that one point will burn the hottest. Thus is it necessary to focus one’s thinking on a single point so that it will become an effective force. – Abdu’l-Baha

Over the weekend, I found myself in several cool and key conversations; face-to-face and online, work related and otherwise.  All of them, to one extent or another, directly or indirectly addressed the twin concepts of passion and priority.  In one constructive exchange, initiated by the ever and effectively engaging Joe Calloway (, I suggested that passion (depending on how we define it) is a powerful force, if twinned with a strong clarity on priorities.

To extend this, motivation, by its best definition, includes three forces: energy, direction and commitment.  I like to refer to it as passion, priority and persistence.  We start with passion for something.  There are the first two forces.  Passion without direction is chaos.  Passion with focus is the fierce hunt.

Now, add to that the commitment on the follow through and you get legitimate motivation for results.

Such a combination demands detachment from distractions and attachment to purpose.  It does not preclude having multiple priorities and plans, but it does prescribe the necessity of purposeful, passionate intent to follow through and complete on the “big matters” first.  That, in turn, fuels motivation.

I suggest that passion is necessary but not sufficient.  Focus your passion on something with intent and commitment.  See where that takes you.

Peace, passion, and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™