For CrossFit Coaches: Passion vs. Purpose

Pat Barber Coaching

We might even change the quote to “Working hard for something we love is called purpose.”

With passion vs. purpose, we’re talking about the difference between a wildfire and a controlled burn.

Passion is wonderful. It’s the spark, the fire, the thing that keeps you going. It burns hot.

But it can burn out, or burn you out, and take over everything. It can ruin you.

Purpose, on the other hand, is more clear-headed, more controlled.

It is a combination of passion and reason. Or, perhaps, it is passion tempered by reason.

There’s strategy, planning, logic. There is a balance. Between the drive and the design. Between determination and intention. Between action and contemplation.

When people think of passion, they often think of enthusiasm or motivation. They think of forward motion.

With purpose, we’re asked to stand still and think about why we’re doing what we’re doing. What’s the point? Where’s the impact? And then once we have that answer, we can give energy to that ‘why’ with passion.⠀

As a coach or gym owner, what’s your why? ⠀

And, how do you feel about passion vs. purpose? How do these two forces show up in your life?

About the Author
Pat Barber

Pat Barber

You might know me from the CrossFit Games, where I’ve competed since 2008, but I have also been the Head of Coaches Development for one of the largest CrossFits in the world. I have the honor of being one of the few L4 coaches, and I still love teaching L1s and L2s for CFHQ (I’ve put about 15,000 coaches through their L1’s). I'm husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, and a father who loves surfing, Magic: The Gathering, knife making and good coffee.

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