Thursday, November 10, 2011

Passion! Secrets to Finding and Following Yours

Cover of "Passion"Cover of PassionBy Donna Boylen

Do you remember that time as a teenager when people would ask you what you wanted to do with the rest of your life? Unless you were one of the lucky few that actually knew what career path you wanted to choose, you probably cringed at the question and mumbled something about leaving your options open.

Whilst there's nothing wrong with leaving your options open, it's interesting to take a look at where you have found yourself within your career and work life. Do you wake up bounding with energy, excited about the day ahead at work? Yes, I can hear you laughing and saying that nobody likes going to work, but the bills just don't pay themselves; and I can understand your thought process.

In truth though, it is possible to feel great about going to work, but so many people have been conditioned to believe that work is hard, arduous and no fun. When you find your passion and start to follow it, it's amazing the changes you'll feel about going to work each day.

Finding your passion. It's such a simple statement but it conjures up so many different feelings for people.
  • I still don't know what I want to do
  • I'll never make any money
  • What if I change my mind, or don't like it anymore
  • I don't know where or how to start.
These are all very real and common fears about working with your passion, but they can also be overcome with a little perseverance. Remember that working towards any goal requires patience, persistence and a little determination.

Let's take a moment now to look at these fears:

I don't know what I want to do

A lot of people think they don't know what they want to do in life, but if you look for enough clues you will be able to find something you'd like to pursue. Try asking yourself some of the following questions:
  • What did I like to do as a child?
  • What were my hobbies?
  • What did I dream of being when I grew up - before I learnt about limitations?
  • How do I like to spend my spare time now?
  • What type of books or movies do I enjoy?
  • What magazines do I enjoy reading?
  • What community activities am I involved in; or would like to be involved in?
  • What sort of lifestyle would I like to live if time and money were not limited for me?
Asking yourself these questions will help you to uncover a theme in the ways you like to spend your time. Now try to come up with a list of jobs you could do that would fit in with your themes. Have fun with this activity and let your imagination run. Keep any limiting thoughts out for now and really let yourself dream big.

It's also fun to get together with a couple of friends and do the exercise together, and then spend some time brainstorming ideas for each other.

Another fun idea is to grab a heap of magazines and start flicking through them cutting out any pictures, words or phrases that you feel draw to. Don't worry if you don't know why you like them, just cut them out anyway. When you've finished, take a look at all of your cut-outs and see what themes you can find.

I'll never make any money from my passion

Maybe you will and maybe you won't', but that's still not a valid reason not to give it a go. If you really are worried that you won't make any money from your passion, I'd encourage you to invest some time in learning about the Law of Attraction and also researching some other people that have been successful in your field. If they can do it, so can you.

There's so many great biographies out there that there's bound to be one about someone who's doing what you also love to do.

Following your passion doesn't have to mean that you toss in your day job and invest every last penny you have into your new venture. Many successful businesses have been created as a small side hobby and been allowed to slowly grow.

When your new business brings you in the same or more income per month as your current job for at least 3 - 4 months, then you can think about letting go of your old job. Nothing will kill your passion faster that financial stress, so allow your passion to grow slowly and naturally and I can assure you, you'll be amazed at what you can create.

What if I change my mind or don't like it any more?

Nobody says that your passion has to last you to the end of your days. As humans, we are constantly growing, changing and evolving and that means our interests and passions will too. This is another reason why you wouldn't throw in your day job straight away or invest all you have in it because sometimes you do change your mind or it turns out to be different to what you'd expected. It's okay to give things a go and it's okay if they don't work.

Would you rather give something a go and decide that it's not for you, or do you want to spend the next years of your life wondering if it would be right for you? Find a way to trial your passion without having to invest all of your time and money and see where it takes you. If it lasts a few months, a few years or even a few decades, it doesn't matter. You've tried it and you can move forward. Learn what you did like about it and what you didn't and try to channel those features into your next endeavour.

I don't know where or how to start!

Sometimes when you look at the final picture, knowing where to begin seems really difficult. Your dream just needs to be broken down into some smaller goals that you can see are actually achievable for you. Take a look at your ultimate goal and then break it down into about three or four smaller goals. Take one of those smaller goals and break that down into another 3 or 4 steps and keep going until you find that you can take the first step.

Your dream doesn't have to be created over night and it's okay if it takes a long time - as long as you're still constantly moving towards it. If you break your goal right down and you're still not sure how to start, then either start some research about it or perhaps enlist the help of a professional to get you started.

Following your passion is a real possibility for you; the first step is simply deciding what it is you want to focus on first. Secondly, create a goal that you'd like to achieve and when you want to achieve it by. Remember to keep your time frame realistic if you are working on your passion part time. Thirdly, start taking some action steps towards your dream and passion. Lastly, review your goals on a regular basis. Before you know it, you'll be bounding out of bed each morning filled with the enthusiasm of following your passion!

Donna Boylen is an inspirational speaker, writer and guidance coach and is trained in Pranic Healing, Pranic Psychotherapy, Crystal Therapy & Reiki.

She offers guidance & healing to clients to help them transform their lives & she writes & teaches a range of courses including Learning to Meditate, Working with Energy, Goal Setting, Law of Attraction, Following your Passion & Enhancing your Self Esteem. For more information or to receive monthly newsletters sign up at

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