If you’re like me, there’s probably something in your life that you’re deeply passionate about. You would love to build your life around this passion, your purpose, or your craft, but you “just can’t.”
After all, you have responsibilities -- to your family, maybe even your children or your spouse. Maybe you have a responsibility to that bank that holds your car loan. You can’t just give your whole life two weeks notice and start living your dream tomorrow. Besides, what would people think?!
You figure that you’ll create a life around your passions, later. When the bills are paid and the timing is right.
But you’re not happy, because you want MORE. You want a life that’s centered around the things that light you up.
So what’s a gal to do?
How to Build a Life Around Your Passion
Commit, 100% to Becoming The Person You’re Meant to Be
The MOST IMPORTANT thing that you can do is commit 100% to becoming the person that you’re meant to be, living the life you so deeply desire to live. This means more than just saying, “I want this.” It means that you will go after this dream of yours with every ounce of energy that you have!
It means structuring your life in a way that can only support your success. You may have to work at a job you don’t like in an unrelated industry, that’s okay. If you’re ready to commit to making your dream a reality, then find a job that allows you to be done at the end of the day. Don’t look for the competitive position with room for growth, look for something that pays and lets you leave when the day is over.
Committing 100% means you don’t waste time sitting on the couch watching hours of MINDLESS television. It means you’re reading, practicing, applying, writing or DOING SOMETHING that moves you closer to your goal. It’s all about hustle, baby!
Give Yourself Proper Nourishment: Mind, Body and Soul
It’s so easy for our mind, body and soul to be completely depleted of any energy, inspiration or joy. Between stressing about the bills, relationship troubles or the never ending stream of online information and entertainment, we’ve lost sight of what’s REALLY IMPORTANT to our success.
Your dream may require that you spend hours online hustling, but your dream also requires that you spend hours nurturing your mind, body and soul. Without your physical and emotional well being, you’re nothing. Literally. Nothing.
Making sure that you move your body, fill your tummy with healthy foods and spend time meditating, writing in your journal, or doing any form of contemplative practice is ESSENTIAL to your success. Without the energy, mental clarity and spiritual strength that these practices give you, you’ll only find yourself more stressed, more lost and more out of sorts than ever before.
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Train and Practice… CONSTANTLY
I don’t think there’s a single great writer, speaker, athlete, artist or other that started out at the top of their game. First, it takes discovering what it is that they’re passionate about… then it takes LEARNING how to do it… and most importantly, it takes PRACTICE!
If your dream is to be a world renowned author, you had better be writing EVERY DAY. Reading books, practicing your craft, trying new things and GROWING. You can’t find your voice, hone your skills and blow the minds of this world if you aren’t writing ALL. THE. TIME.
If you want to be great, and live an amazing life doing what you love, you can NOT overlook the parts that require you to work HARD at being the best that you can. People that are the making a living doing what they love, they know how important it is to constantly learn, grow, try new things, fail, and try again.
Surround Yourself With the RIGHT Team
It is so important to surround yourself with the right people. If you’re trying to commit to your goals and your dream, but no one in your life cares enough to check in on you or support you, then it’s time to find a new support system.
Find people that are passionate like you are. It doesn’t have to be the same field, and it doesn’t mean these people don’t know how to have fun or talk about other things. The point is that they will support you. They will understand what you’re going through as you push hard, learn, grow and hit unavoidable bumps in the road.
They will cheer you on and keep you motivated when you’ve lost steam. They will remind you to take those necessary breaks, to nurture your soul and to remember the end goal when you feel like giving up.
No matter how strong or independent you may be, you need this support system for when things get hard, because things getting hard is unavoidable. You want people who know how much it means to you so that they can remind you of this when you’ve forgotten in the midst of stress.
Take Action Now
Do you have a dream or passion in your life? Have you committed to it 100%? Leave a comment below sharing your passion along with three things you’re going to implement or change in your life to show your commitment to making it happen.
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Stephenie Zamora is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, life coach and creator of My Awesome Life Mastery™ | For Women Who Want to Live Extraordinary Lives. She empowers women in their 20s and 30s to take ownership of their lives in order to overcome their quarter-life crisis and live a fulfilling life through the principles of personal responsibility.