“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
~ Marc Anthony
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to do what you love for a living? To actually follow your passions? Sounds idyllic? Outlandish even? The kind of thing others do, but not you? My mind conjures up images of artists, photographers and writers living the bohemian life waking up at 7am to write “morning pages”, to capture the landscape as it awakens, or nomads travelling the world with laptops, indulging in their passion for freedom, adventure, and exploring different cultures and landscapes.
While doing what you love sounds amazing and romantic, living a passion-fuelled life may also seem unrealistic or daunting. Lack of time, limiting beliefs, confidence, and not knowing what or where to start, are often the reason why your passions don’t take centre stage of your life. Passions dissolve into “dreams” or hobbies, or at worst are never discovered or totally neglected.
Arches National Park Entrance Stateion, Moab, United States
Photograph by Dino Reichmuth via Unsplash
Perhaps you work from 9-5 (or more like 8-8), long for your weekends off and then find yourself cramming in as much as you can (housework, trips to see family, and doing the shopping included). Before you know it, it’s Monday, and the cycle starts all over again.
Perhaps you started out knowing what you wanted to do in life. You have the certifications and experience to prove it, but now you feel trapped in an outdated life or a job you hate. You wonder what life would be like if you changed course, but the fear of making the wrong choice holds you back. You don’t know what else you’d do, or what you’d need to do to get there. And what about those passions you have (or had)? How could they become more of a consistent feature in your life, given you never have the time? (more on that later!)
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ….. you start to realize that you‘re capable of far more than you imagined.”
Here’s the thing, “Working for the weekend” is an excuse for not taking ownership of what’s really holding you back from your potential and success. When all that keeps you going is “the money”, maintaining your status, and the relief you feel when you finish work for the weekend, isn’t it time to reassess?
When you’re disconnected from your passions and unaligned with what’s important to you, life feels off balance, like there’s something missing and you’re just going through the motions. This lack of true connection to yourself, ties into your feelings of worthiness. For example, you may find you’re subconsciously self-sabotaging yourself, never reaching the next level of potential and success that’s out there for you, due to negative self-talk and lack of self-belief.
Gay Hendricks talks about this is in his brilliant book, The Big Leap, which I highly recommend for you to read, if you want to explore your false fears and beliefs, and start to break down your barriers to a better life.
If you’re saying, This sounds like me. Where do I even begin to resolve this? I want you to close your eyes and imagine you’re observing yourself from afar.
What do you see?
Then, imagine turning away and looking into the distance, at the horizon.
Take a deep, calming, breathe and imagine yourself living a more freedom and passion-filled life.
Once you’ve taken a few minutes to really indulge in this moment, take a journal and write out what you imagined.
This exercise helps us to connect with who we are at our heart-centre, to our authentic self, to our desires and passions, where everything is possible, where there are no boundaries, self-imposed or otherwise.
The truth is, when your focus is on surviving and striving – to climb the corporate ladder, to gain a fatter pay check or maintain your status, sacrificing your time and energy for others, with precious little left for you, towing the company line to keep yourself off the redundancy list, “running scared” of the very things that could transform your life *sings Roy Orbinson song*, secretly hoping that “one day” you’ll win the lottery, when, quite possibly, only then, everything will become possible.
If that sounds like you, then you can be sure you’re not alone.
But the fact is: you can still discover your passion and start doing the work you love, with a little brainstorming and visualising, you can start an amazing adventure towards a life that is fuller, richer, and happier.
To start off you could brainstorm your Personal Passion Project.
For this you’re going to need to set aside an hour or two of uninterrupted time. You could go to the park or a coffee shop, and take along your favourite journal and pens. The important thing is to find a quiet nook, and allow your mind wander.
I want you to imagine that money is not an obstacle for you, and that you have enough to get by every day and even have a little extra for fun and treats. And, essentially, you have the freedom to do whatever you want with your days.
In your journal, make a list of all the things you’d do with your time if you were able to spend it however you wished.
What activities do you imagine yourself doing?
How do you feel?
The most important element of this exercise is to not censor yourself and really allow yourself to explore what pops into your head, without having to consider if money is an issue or how you’d ever achieve it, or if you’d be good at it, etc.
You’ll end up with is a list of possibilities, rather than a realistic set of business opportunities. At this stage, it’s all about brainstorming so you can return to your ideas later and make sense of them.
This visualisation process is one of the methods I use with my clients, to help them to connect with their core values, imagination, creativity, and inner wisdom. It’s hugely successful in helping you to bring ideas and dreams to the surface, to tap into what lights you up, and spring board you into taking inspired action.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.”
Your passions may lie undiscovered, unexplored or neglected, and it’s that aspect that drives me to help others to realise their potential.
With the right focus and determination, your passions can become the fuel for future happiness in your life and business.
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How to Connect With Your Passions & Change Your Lifestyle