Building Servant Hearts

Leading with Heart

Finding Your Passion Through Flow

One of the comments shared in my last blog post Give Your Life to Service caused me to reflect and question my passion for building servant hearts. The comment, “you have your work cut out for you” generated doubts and some questions.  Why am I pursuing this? Will other people be interested in hearing about this? Will my words and actions move others to become servant leaders?

This initial comment was succinctly followed with … “but persuading one person at a time will eventually give rise to a better world where love and harmony replace fear and greed…” Thank you Katina for easing my concern and encouraging me. For I do believe that one person can initiate and generate momentum to move and influence others. It does start with one and hopefully can move many to become leaders who can touch and motivate people to grow, learn and in turn influence other leaders.

However can this be replicated for others and for their own particular mission? Can you sustain a desire and devotion to influence others when a mission seems overwhelming? I believe you can and for me it comes down to passion. It is having a deep desire and commitment. It is finding out what your calling is and pursuing it with energy, enthusiasm and persistence. It is about getting your heart into it.

Where do you start though? What if you do not know what your calling is? How can you discover your calling? What am I so passionate about that will sustain my desire and devotion to my mission and calling?

I would suggest that a first step in identifying your passion and calling is to reflect on the situations where you have been “fully immersed and completely focused in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement and enjoyment in an activity.” According to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this is the state of Flow, where one is completely absorbed in what one does and feelings of pleasure and fulfillment are evident. Flow has also been described as being “in the zone”, “in the moment” or “centered”.  I believe Flow gives you a hint as to what your passion and calling might be.

For me, Flow occurs when I am teaching, presenting and facilitating learning. I discovered this at an early age and can still remember the day and the moment when I wanted to devote my calling to being an educator. I thrive in situations where I see people change, grow, mature and learn. It brings enjoyment, pleasure and satisfaction. Time flies by and I am energized. This passion sustained me for thirty plus years as an educator and still drives my mission and my passion for teaching, influencing and leading today.

Finding your Flow is a critical first step because passion is necessary to sustain the commitment to whatever mission you may have. Once you have found your Flow then the next step is to immerse yourself in situations, activities and environments that foster Flow. This will help you to stay motivated, interested and challenged. It will avoid indifference and a feeling that your mission is meaningless or insignificant. Finally, take steps to ensure that you equip others to fuel your passion. Actively identifying and mentoring other individuals who have a similar mission and passion not only inspires and empowers them but also continues to motivate you.  It keeps you in Flow.

My mission to building servant hearts through service, leadership and community building may be ambitious, but it is a vehicle for fueling my passion for teaching and leading. If one like-minded individual is influenced to engage and move through their lives with purpose and passion to build other servant hearts, then I will be encouraged and hopefully “give rise to a better world.”

What is your passion? What are some examples where you have experienced Flow?

Claudio Morelli

About Claudio Morelli

Maximizing the strengths and growth of individuals has always been my mission and passion. As a former Superintendent of Schools\CEO I have now transitioned into a season with a renewed mission. Initiating and fanning the flame of men who seriously wish to enhance their presence in the lives of their loved ones is my current passion. I have experienced a lifetime full of trials with much success, with some failures, and with many mistakes. Six decades of life has taught me that the investment and presence in building lasting relationships is critical to a lifetime of fulfillment.