5 Simple Ways to Take Action and Do What You Love

By Henri Junttila

September 12, 2011   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

It’s not enough to find your passion. You have to follow-through, and take action.

No one else will do it for you. You are in charge, and if you don’t realize that quickly, you will end up looking back in regret when you’re taking the last breath on this earth. If you want to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and passion, it’s up to you to make it happen.

Is it going to be easy? No, but it’s going to be worth it. And it will help you live an exponentially more interesting and fulfilling life.

  1. Stop Whining
    Stop making excuses, whining, and creating imaginary obstacles. You can follow your passion if you will only make the decision to take action. Everyone has their own obstacles, and I’m sure that is true for you, too, but you can succeed if you decide to.

The most successful entrepreneurs have all had their fair share of challenges and failures. What separates them from the rest is that they kept going. They did not give up.

Whining, making excuses, and blaming will get you nowhere. If you’re happy doing that, that’s okay with me, but since you’re reading this article, I’m sure you want something more.

  • Reclaim Your Power
    When you stop blaming and making excuses, you reclaim your power. You take back responsibility, because you realize that you alone are responsible for your success. No matter how many failures you have or how many mistakes you make, you can succeed. 

Take back your power, and take action today toward your goals.

Most people are more than happy to give their power away, so that they can blame someone else for their misfortune.

Don’t let that be you.

  • Suspend Disbelief
    Do you believe that you can create a life where you get paid to follow your passion? Most people don’t, but they’re wrong and they pay the price for it. Suspend your disbelief for just a moment and take a small step toward making your passion a reality. 

Everyone has their fears, insecurities, and worries. I’ve had them ever since I began my journey to getting paid to do what I love. But I kept moving forward despite all of them. What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter if you’re afraid. It’s scary, yes, but fear doesn’t have to control you like it has been.

Fear feels real, but when you keep take massive action, you will become aware of the fact that fear is your ally, not your enemy.

  • The Turtle
    You do not have to do anything radical to create the life of your dreams. Some people believe that you have to score a big project or make something amazing happen so you can land on the first page of The New York Times. 

But the truth of the matter is that all it takes to follow your passion is the willingness to take action, and move forward one step at a time. It’s very anti-climactic, but it’s the truth. You don’t have to be special; you just have to be you.

What one small step can you take today to move toward the life of your dreams?

  • Here & Now
    For the longest time I was constantly looking forward to achieving my goals. This led to me being unhappy until I reached my goal. However, I quickly realized that once I reached that goal, I set a new goal, and the process began all over again. 

The solution was to do something that made me happy in the present moment.

I want to enjoy the process more than the goal, because I will spend most of my life on the journey toward my goals.

Follow your passion, but make sure it’s something you enjoy doing here and now.

And please, stop making excuses, and take action now!

Written on 9/12/2011 by Henri Junttila. Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where he shares his personal tips on how you can live the life you know you deserve. When you feel ready to take action, get his free course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you will enjoy one of his top articles: 77 Great Quotes That Will Change Your Life. Photo Credit: tarotastic
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