Do you feel like something is missing in your life? Are you finally waking up to the fact that you’ve been distracting yourself with the unnecessary?
Working a 9-to-5 job just to scrape together a living is not a very fulfilling way to live. Taking the leap from 9-to-5 to passion is hard, but if you really want fulfillment, it’s what needs to be done.
There are a lot of excuses you can use, and a lot of obstacles that will come in your way. It all boils down to how determined you are to create the life of your dreams.
This is not for everyone.In fact, it’s not for most people. It requires discipline, motivation, courage and, of course, passion.
It demands that you embrace being uncomfortable and that you learn to deal with confusion. When I went from being an online professional poker player in the beginning of ’09 to pursuing my passion, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
When you live an unconventional life, you grow much faster than someone who’s looking for security, comfort and convenience.
If you really want to stay stuck—let overwhelm take control. When you’re looking for your passion, it’ll feel like you have an unlimited amount of options, but when you really prune them down and are honest with yourself, you’ll see that you’re left with just a handful.
It’s easy to look at everything you’re interested in and count them as options, but when you listen to your heart, you’ll see what is true and what is not.
We’ve been brought up to believe a lot of things that are false. Observe what beliefs are running your life and ask yourself if they are beneficial for where you want to go.
When you’re about to dive into something new, you will be afraid, and your mind will try to stop you. Anything unpleasant should be avoided. That’s what we automatically believe, right?
You will often sabotage yourself because of underlying fears. Many have told me that they cannot decide what their passion is. They want me to tell them what to do.
Realize that choosing a passion and running with it isn’t going to define your life, it is just the beginning. If you don’t take action, you won’t get anywhere. Focus on getting started instead of being perfect.
When you have a lot of options in front of you, the fear of missing out is always present. When I started, I knew my passions were self-improvement, natural health and financial freedom.
While I was afraid of missing out, I also knew that if I didn’t pick one, I’d miss the train. You can either pick one, or miss out on them all. It is up to you.
The feeling of missing out and wanting to do everything at once is an illusion. You can’t do them all, and even if you tried, you’d probably fail horribly. Again, this is just the beginning of your journey, so pick one passion and go.
When I asked my readers what their biggest obstacles were when trying to find their passion, time frequently made the top three.
In the end, it’s not that you don’t have enough time; it’s that you fail to prioritize. If you’re watching TV, watching the news and doing stuff that doesn’t need to be done, you don’t really want to go after your passion.
If you really wanted to find your passion, you’d make time. So what if you work all day and have a family? There are people who’ve been in much worse situations and made it work. Why not you?
Excuses are irrelevant, because they are always manufactured by your mind. If you want to live the life you’ve always lived, go ahead and accept your excuses.
But if you’re ready for something else, you have to throw your excuses out the window. It doesn’t matter what kind of excuses you have, because they can always be overcome.
It’s easy for us to think that our problems are unique, but they aren’t. It all comes down to how badly you want this.
Being Good Enough
Ever since we were young we’ve been taught that we aren’t good enough. Teachers have highlighted our mistakes with red pens and parents have wished we would’ve been better.
It’s easy to assume that you don’t have any value, but you do. You are here for a purpose. You have something to offer and there are people out there waiting for you to reclaim your true power.
If you never want to find your passion, go ahead and accept your own excuses, avoid fear and seek comfort.
If, on the other hand, you’re sick of what you’ve got: start taking action and going after your dreams. It’s up to you. You are responsible for your life. No one else can do this for you.
|Written on 5/27/2010 by Henri Junttila. Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people turn their passion into a thriving lifestyle business. When you feel ready to take action, get his free special report.||Photo Credit: It’s Holly|