My Motto Explained: Passion with Purpose

by Matt Janzen on January 15, 2013

Passion with Purpose…this is my motto in all my endeavors. I want to elaborate on this catch-phrase. What it means to me and why I identify with it so deeply.


Passion is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

often capitalized

a : the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death

b : an oratorio based on a gospel narrative of the Passion

obsolete : suffering

3: the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces


(1) : emotion <his ruling passion is greed> (2) plural : the emotions as distinguished from reason

b : intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction

c : an outbreak of anger


a : ardent affection : love

b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept

c : sexual desire

d : an object of desire or deep interest


If you’ve read my previous blog, Attractive Opposites, you know about my intense issue that I had to seek some positive resolution towards, starting in my youth. This is the driving topic behind my motto.

Passion is sometimes a very intense feeling, an emotion that overwhelms and drives specific focus. How can we add purpose to that?


Purpose is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

a : something set up as an object or end to be attained :intention

b : resolutiondetermination

2: a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution


If we are being purposeful in our passion then we are doing intense energy in our intent. How we define that intentional focus is paramount to the results we achieve. I often struggle with how to do this and that is what this blog is about.

How can we stay the positive purpose course? How can we help each other in that same endeavor? How can we inspire with so much positive feeling that we can help see purpose that is intense and doesn’t feel negative. Intensity has a very strong impact and can overwhelm the positive if it goes too far. We easily recognize that we don’t ever want a positive affect overwhelmed and turned into a negative outcome. The simple goal is to turn negative into positive. The complexity comes in with subtle awareness of process dynamics. Identifying energy, communication, language (what words we use) and moods can determine which energy is received. If we exhibit a calm demeanor mood…we create a calm demeanor response. If we exhibit an excited demeanor…we create an excited demeanor response or even stimulate a shutdown reaction. Response is an indicator of thought involved action. Reaction is an indicator of more instinct or less thought involvement. Complex dynamics interact during conversations or even the presence we stimulate by our demeanor when we walk into a room with others. I’ve learned with horses that it is very palatable, what our demeanor initiates in reactive or responsive. They are more instinct driven as an intuitive, self-protection based species. Horsemanship gave me passion with a positive focused purpose.

So, back to Passion with Purpose. If we elevate our awareness of these two words, a simplification of expression. We can elevate understanding why we receive responses or reactions…the motivation starts with us. Some pupils distract a whole classroom, the learning environment, when they enter. We initially just resent that presence as a distraction. Can we identify that as a positive outcome potential and see the passionate intensity under the surface negative expression? Can we endeavor to redirect that into a positive intensity? Can we see it differently…with better connotation and create better, more positive, purpose?

This perspective is where I came up with this motto.

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