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Are You Living with PASSION?

Are You Living with Passion?
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS

I delivered the keynote speech this past Sunday (March 29th) at Bedros Keullian’s Fitness Business Summit in Irvine, CA, and killed it. And because I had my 10-year old son Brady with me, I seized the opportunity and brought him up on stage for a few minutes and interviewed him. He crushed it and I was so proud to have him there!

And then Brady proceeded to lead the 600+ people in an “I Believe That We Will Win” chant. He rocked the house and bout stole the show.

In the keynote, I shared 3 words that resonate deeply with me:

I also mentioned at the beginning of my talk today that it was Palm Sunday, or PASSION Sunday as it’s often referred to. That means we are just one week away from Easter.

Palm Sunday brings back some very vivid memories of being a kid and having to sit through the longest Catholic mass of the year. As a kid, I used to dread this one-day a year in church because the mass lasted so long.

And then in high school, I served as a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head, NJ, and was one of the 3 people that participated in the reciting of the “Passion” (I bet that’s a fact you didn’t know!). At least it kept me very in-tune with the 25 minute “gospel.”

But I remember that you always had to stand the entire time during the reciting of the PASSION. And it seemed so boring as a young kid.

But for anyone in any Christian denomination, PASSION Sunday demarks the start of HOLY WEEK. It’s when Peter denied Jesus Christ 3 times and Jesus was eventually tortured and persecuted by Pontius Pilate and his followers. Jesus eventually had a crown of thorns inserted on his head and he was nailed to the cross. He died on “Good Friday.”

This week starts HOLY WEEK. And that kicked off today with PASSION (Palm) Sunday. It continues this week with Holy Thursday. Good Friday. Holy Saturday. And of course, next Sunday, Easter Sunday.

PASSION. I have shared many times about the importance of PASSION to be successful in ANY venture in life.

Passion. Energy. Enthusiasm. Purpose. All are necessary.

And I want us to think about PASSION a bit differently this week. It’s going to serve as our W.O.W. (WOW) of the week.

Sometimes to tap into your deepest PASSION, something has to die. Old habits. Bad habits. Bad situations. Bad relationships. Mediocre routines. A bad or negative “spirit,” attitude, or outlook.

I want you to tap into the one or two things THIS WEEK that must “DIE” in your life in order for you to have more LIFE. What do you need to eliminate?

Does it have to do with changing a…

• Personal habit.
• Negative “stinking” thinking.
• Certain bad Nutritional habit.
• A lazy tendency that is robbing you of peak productivity.
• An exercise routine.
• A bad attitude.
• Your environment (change around your furniture, add greenery, your home-office, your bedroom, etc.).
• A habit that leads to negative energy (ie., gossip) or lack of productivity (ie, excessive TV).
• Lack of faith or belief.

Think about it. And then write it down. And then take ACTION on it this week.

Your deepest PASSION is found when you are living your PURPOSE in life.

Your deepest PASSION is also found when you remove the weeds, negative thoughts, energy vampires, and anything or anyone who is robbing you of being your BEST.

It requires Belief. Faith. Fortitude. Strength. Conviction.

At. All. Costs.

Thank you Jesus for teaching us this lesson and giving us the opportunity for life.

Live with PASSION this week my friends. And get ready to RISE-UP next week!



Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally-recognized performance trainer, bodyworker, speaker, author, and owner of award-winning gym Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA (one of the Top 10 Gyms in the U.S.). His outstanding team of 38 professionals deliver extraordinary service in personal training, sports performance training, massage/bodywork, Pilates, yoga, physical therapy and chiropractic. Todd is the Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, regular contributor to Men’s Health, and author of The IMPACT! Body Plan.

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