Nowadays, everywhere you look someone is touting the virtues of living your passion. That sounds all well and good, but what does it even mean? How does one go about actually doing that? Although your path to living a passionate life will undoubtedly be as unique as you, there is a lot to be learned from the daring souls doing just that!
Here are the secrets I’ve uncovered in my research and along my own journey to help you get there faster.
There is no right or wrong passion to pursue; only the one that aligns with who you are at your core. Gaining greater clarity of what you truly long for is a critical step. Follow your interests, your curiosities, your fascinations and your joy – it will lead you to discover your passion!
Many people want to live a life of passion; few are committed to it. Having a big vision can tip the scales of commitment, giving you a reason bigger than yourself. Adopt the...
On a recent trip to Ireland I was reminded of one of my driving values in life – freedom.
Ironically, it came to me while driving!
As I watched my friends navigate the busy streets of Dublin, from the “right” side of the car, on the left side of the road, my anxiety started to rise. In just a few days, I was going to be picking up my own rental car and heading out by myself to explore the Irish countryside.
Witnessing my friends making a few mistakes and after a couple close calls, I started to doubt my capability. I found myself contemplating other options and wondering if I was crazy to think I could do it alone. After all, they had the rest of us helping to navigate directions and reminding them which lane was the correct one. I was going to be alone, without even my trusty Google Maps to help me.
Perhaps I should just take a bus or train?
Maybe a few taxis wouldn’t cost too much?
Do they have Uber in Ireland?
Or, I could always...
I’m in the middle of packing for Ireland and doing my best to pack lightly, when I see a pattern I’m not too proud of.
Last time I was in Europe, I took way too much! It was such a hassle! I didn’t need all the clothes, all the shoes, all the toiletries, power cords and notebooks. You would’ve thought I was moving there!
The mistake resulted in me buying a new backpack and leaving most of my things at a friend’s house – while I toured around (less encumbered).
Attempting to avoid the error again, I consider why it happened.
I was stuck in scarcity!
I was afraid of not having what I needed.
I was afraid of going without.
I wasn’t valuing what I really “wanted” – which was to travel around easily and not weighed down, (especially riding the European railways).
My “need” for stuff, quickly shifted toward a “want” for ease.
This clarity around needs and wants...
Overwhelm isn’t a problem; it’s a symptom.
Coaching individuals through an intense transformational training program has brought up the issue of overwhelm on more than one occasion. Many new participants blame the structure of the program, or try and convince me their life is so busy right now, or they have more important things to worry about. Some of them believe the ways of being or methods of communication of their fellow teammates are the cause for overwhelm, and often turn off the notifications on their phones in futile effort to evade.
Knowing this program has been designed to imitate life, and set them up for success after they graduate, I know the reason is somewhere outside of their immediate consciousness. The awareness of this, and a commitment to help them breakthrough this limiting belief, motivates me to dive into this subject a little deeper.
Now, more than ever, I believe overwhelm isn’t the problem; it’s a symptom.
The other night, sweat pouring down the back of my shoulders, into the small of my back, while my leg muscles strained to maintain the stance, and I attempted to quiet my short, heavy breath, I finally got it. It suddenly all made sense. This wasn’t the first time I had subjected myself to the intense heat of a hot yoga studio, or my body to the foreign postures associated with the practice, but it was the first time it finally clicked. Parallels between the practice of yoga and the journey of finding fabulous seemed to scream down at me through the silence of the overcrowded studio. As the instructor lead us through the poses, stopping to give more direction or just checking in to see if we were still breathing, I suddenly wondered if he could be referring to my life more than my yoga practice.
This is what he said, and more importantly what it taught me…
Lesson 1: Set an Intention
As is tradition, in most yoga studios, the instructor...
Every year, (Canadian) Thanksgiving is transition time for me.
Staring out at the rainbow of colours transforming the woods around me, I can't help relating to the beautiful, deciduous trees - preparing to shed this year's growth in sacrifice for what's to come.
Packing up and closing my house for the season, they remind me that change (as beautiful as it can be), always comes with some level of loss. Sometimes it's simply a loss of comfort and familiarity, other times a complete shedding of what is no longer needed.
And so, while I feel gratitude for my time at the lake, and excitement for the adventures to come, I'm also struck by a sort of sadness and uneasiness this time of year - what will change for me this season, and what might I lose in the process?
It’s the process that causes me the anxiety – the “in-between-time”.
Maybe it’s my impatience.
Maybe it’s my need to have everything “figured out”.
Ask anyone in the personal growth and development industry, and they can probably quote this famous line from Jim Rohn,
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Perhaps Rohn was making reference to the old English proverb, “ You are the company you keep.” Undoubtedly, he believed that success attracts success. He was encouraging us to choose to spend time with others that had the level and type of success we desired to create – and perhaps warning us that the reverse would also be true.
Over the past several years, I’ve become more and more intentional about the people I choose to surround myself with. I’ve realized the impact other people’s energy, ambitions, and values have on my own. Despite my belief in the value of what Rohn was imparting, I’ve also come to appreciate some of the critical ‘people’ that inevitably follow me wherever I go. They truly are the...
Whether I am speaking to new entrepreneurs, or wanna-be-preneurs, one of the biggest motivators I hear is freedom. The idea of financial freedom, time freedom and even the simple freedom to express oneself, is alluring enough for some brave souls to enter this ambiguous world of entrepreneurship.
So why do so many of us relinquish that freedom the very moment we get it?
When I left a lucrative corporate career behind to pursue my own vision of personal freedom, I knew I was venturing into unknown territory. Despite having been successful in an office full of brilliant people, I quickly learned how important their support and various skill sets had been to my own success. It was easy to take that support for granted – until I opened my solo-preneur business and found myself wearing way too many hats!
Over the last several years, I’ve learned some hard lessons about trying to do everything myself. More recently, my clients have helped me...
Over the past several years I’ve read tons of books, attended several conferences, participated in numerous WebEx’s, listened to countless TeleSummits, completed various online courses, joined assorted networking groups and been a member of elite masterminds.
I was curious.
I was thirsty for knowledge.
I was eager to learn the secrets from the best-of-the-best!
Mostly, I wanted to know how I could walk away from a lucrative corporate career and still be successful. I wanted to know if I could really earn a paycheck from my passions.
Is it possible?
In short, the answer is yes.
My research uncovered way too many examples of successful individuals, small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs to conclude anything different. So many of them are making incomes in the most unique (dare I even say odd) ways, to come out of that experience believing anything else.
Now, before you run out and quit your day job...
I also came across many others that were...
How do you know if you are ready?
I mean REALLY ready, to do what it takes to create the most fabulous version of your life possible!
Regardless of where you are on that continuum, taking things to the next level requires doing something differently. So, is it your time for change?
Many people want a more fulfilling career, deeper relationships, greater vitality and more fun; fewer are committed to doing what it takes.
Do you want a better life, or are you committed to having it?
Regardless of how many resources or tools I create, unless one is ready and willing to do what it takes, it will all be for nothing. I have zero interest in convincing people they need or should want change. I am committed to spending my time and efforts helping people find success – when they are ready for it!
To that end, I’ve found some important indicators for a level of readiness that sets people up for success. Clarifying where people are at with these 5 factors can make the difference...
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