We are bombarded with Facebook Ads and stories of entrepreneurs living their ‘dream life’ because they followed their passion. We’re told one can make a living doing what they truly love.
Following your passion sounds so easy and glamorous. Unfortunately, most people don’t even know what their passion is or how to find it. We’re so swept up in the daily grind of life that we forget to connect with those things that make us happy, and we forget to dream.
Many of us are so happy when Friday rolls around that we forget what true happiness really feels like. Passion ends up becoming the last thing we ever think about.
If you’re thinking, “I want to start a business,” but you’re a little lost by this whole passion thing, I’ve got good news for you. The possibilities are truly endless. At any moment you can start reconnecting and discovering those things that make you tick. Plus, it is true – you can make a living doing them!
Here are three steps to get you on the right track.
Think back to your childhood.
When we were kids we did what we loved to do. Time and money weren’t issues, and we spent our time as we wanted. Think back to that time and remember what you were passionate about. It was a time that we let our minds explore limitless creativity.
What were the things you dreamed about? We all have those dreams. However, most of us have dismissed them because we feel like the things we love and the things we have to do to make a living are mutually exclusive. When in fact, they don’t have to be at all.
Remember things you imagined when life wasn’t telling us no. I’ll be honest; it might take a little creativity to figure out how you can make a living doing it. However, I can promise you with a little work and creativity, you can truly make anything happen.
Be open to the possibilities.
Yes, this sounds simple, yet it’s something so many people never do. We never think about what we would like to do, we just think about what we need to do to get through the day. Our life becomes consumed with debt, 401k’s and schedules, and we lose connection to what we love and who we really are.
I worked in a corporate job for many years, and I figured my possibilities had pretty much ended … that my life was set for me. I even laughed at myself as I thought, “I could literally do my job in my sleep.” All of these things were signs to a pretty meaningless life. The only path I could see was the path to management (and I had absolutely no desire to be there). So, I coasted.
I stopped asking what made me happy, and I got through the days. Life doesn’t have to be that way, though. In fact, it shouldn’t be that way. Start asking yourself, “What would I like to do?” Take a moment, even a few minutes, to just remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of life. Let your mind clear. You will be amazed at how being open to possibilities will change you.