Prioritise Your Passion When You’re No Good At It?


 

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Have you seen the article about the 107-year-old woman whose art has carried her through the 2nd pandemic of her lifetime? When I saw this, I thought: ‘To everyone who still thinks my work is fluffy and feel-good, read this.’
 

You may say: “But her work is in the Smithsonian and I’m an amateur”. At which I’ll point out that the Smithsonian didn’t save her life, her passion did.
 

Your mission is to learn why it matters how good you are at your passion – and why it doesn’t.
 
 

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Task 1: Learn why it doesn’t matter

 

You should prioritise your passion because everything is valid, right? The answer is: Well, yeah, but there’s a lot more to this. Here’s why it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or just no good at your passion:
 

  • We’re taught to value only things that bring money. This is destroying our world and our souls.
  • Valuing joy says that you matter enough to make an effort for.
  • It’s scary but incredibly freeing to allow yourself to just, well, suck at something.

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Task 2: Why it does matter

 

There are ways in which it’s important how good you are at it when you prioritise your passion. It’s just not what you think.
 

When you’re passionate about something, it follows naturally that you care. You want to do it justice, whether it’s a field of study, an art or craft, or a sport. Expecting to be a pro is disheartening, but working on improving yourself can be the most enriching experience.
 

It’s human nature – actually, nature’s nature, too – to constantly learn and grow. Compete not with others, but with your own past performance.
 

It doesn’t matter if you’re new at your passion or have done it for decades and are just not particularly talented. As long as you keep improving, you’re doing it right. Doing this keeps the passion alive and aligns you with your life purpose.

Be Shamelessly Not Busy


 

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Okay, we all want to slow down, enjoy the good things in life, eliminate stress. Right?
 

Or do we? Whenever two people meet, the exchange seems to be: How are you? Keeping busy? Good, good. Oh yeah, rushed off my feet. Gotta run!
 

Your mission is to learn how to not be busy and feel good about yourself.
 
 

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Task 1: Recognise the habit

 

We’re all familiar with the exchange I outlined above, aren’t we? It’s hard not to chime in when someone else starts the familiar “who’s the busiest in all the land” dance.
 

Your first task is to notice when you’re doing this, and to notice how you feel. Proud? Like you belong? Like you’re an accomplished human? To me, a big thing is that I’m almost ashamed when someone is working three jobs and run off their feet, and I feel like I’m just lazy in comparison.
 

Notice. Don’t judge, just become aware of your feelings.
 
 

Task 2: Not busy, please don’t disturb

 

The other thing is that being busy can be a great excuse if you don’t want to spend time on something, or with someone. It’s a universally accepted excuse: “Sorry, I can’t, I’m busy!”
 

The trick here is to come up with alternatives. How about:

  • “I don’t have the headspace right now.”
  • “I’m so sorry, I have other plans.”
  • “I’ll be working on my (insert passion here) tomorrow, can I get back to you?”

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Task 3: Actually force yourself to slow down

 

You’re used to scheduling tasks, but have you ever scheduled downtime? It might make you feel ridiculous at first.
 

Do it anyway. Put in blocks of time in between tasks. Schedule your self care and your passion(s), and also schedule time for not doing much of anything. Give it a few weeks and then you’ll feel the effects as your body relaxes and your soul begins to expand.

My Story: 3 Steps To Creating A Life Of Passion And Purpose


 

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People have been nudging me to share my story, and I was reluctant. However, it actually is a good example of the things I talk about all the time – passion & purpose – and so I thought it can’t hurt to try.
 

Your mission is to learn 3 steps to creating a life of passion and purpose.
 
 

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Task 1: Create your vision

 

In my case, I created my vision according to my passions, and since I’m a multi-passionate, this involved sorting through a lot of different things. Here’s what I did:

  • Wrote down my passions
  • Wrote down how I would pursue them
  • Estimated the time needed per week
  • Wrote down my vision as a perfect “day in the life”

 

Task 2: Align your life with your passion and purpose vision

 

We often fail to plan for the long term, and it’s easy to see why: Something (such as a pandemic…) can happen and ruin all your plans. But it’s still important to have that vision, because only then can you actively work on aligning yourself with it.
 

I filmed an entire episode on alignment and it includes a list of values, which I recommend you download. It’s important because too many people actively pursue dreams that are completely out of alignment with either their values or their chosen lifestyle.
 

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Task 3: Ask yourself what you can do without

 

This is probably the trickiest bit. We can “have it all” in terms of your dreams, but we can’t possibly fit all the possible worthy choices and paths in life into one lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to chose something that’s in alignment – and equally important to know what you can do without.
 

In my case, this was:

  • Pets.
  • Riches.
  • A conventional relationship and family.

Your task is to find out what these things are in your life, and make a conscious decision about them.

How To Make Your New Vision A Reality


 

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We’ve had a lot of time to think and feel recently. Amidst all the bad new, I keep hearing uplifting insights from people. They now know what’d truly important. They’ll take more time for what lights them up, and less for work and consumerism. They’ll slow down.
 

It’s amazing, and yet – what comes of this remains to be seen. For some people it’ll be like a New Year’s resolution once life goes back to normal. They’ll try for a bit and then the vision slowly fades into everyday life.
 

Your mission today is to learn how to hold on to the insights and turn them into reality.
 
 

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Task 1: Write it down

 

Uff. I don’t know why, but for some reason this seems to be the hardest thing to convince people of. I can wave statistics in their faces all day long, they just won’t do it.
 

You know what? Pause right now and write down your vision, in detail. Describe it in terms of all your five senses, and then come back. Do it.
 
 

Task 2: Take the first step towards your new vision

 

If you’ve been here for a while, you know the drill. You need to take action right now, today, for it to come true.
 

Determine which step you’ll take today, but beware of “busy-ism”. Endlessly planning and writing lists keeps you trapped in wishful thinking.
 

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Task 3: Get support

 

That’s another one people tend to treat as optional. Involve others? Get help, even? Ewww.
 

Well, it’s not optional. You may as well make this your first step today – it’s that important. Depending on what your vision looks like, this could be either or several of the following:

  • Sign up for a class.
  • Find a teacher.
  • Get Coaching.
  • Join a group of practitioners.

It’s not enough to read books or do research, you need real people to work with on this. Your new vision is worth a little discomfort.

Use This Pause For Breath Before Returning To Normal


 

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Many countries are starting to relax the protective measures. People can’t wait to get back to school, to work, to normal life.
 

Of course there are good reasons for that: Many people have their children at home whilst trying to work, some may struggle with a loss of income. But mostly, we’re antsy and don’t want to be locked up anymore. I’m definitely one of those people!
 

How about we regard this forced pause as an opoortunity? Your mission today is to learn how to make the most out of the current situation.
 
 

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Task 1: The calm before the storm

 

We can’t wait to get back to a resemblance of normality, but what if we decided to enjoy the wait instead? Regard this as the last few days of a holiday or extended leave. Let your children off the hook and allow them to play. Relax your expectations regarding a dust-free house.
 

Instead of scrambling to get ready, how about having some good old-fashioned fun? Play board games. Go for extended walks (just keep a distance to others!). Turn off the TV and talk to each other. Have a fondue or raclette dinner with the whole family. Read if you’re on your own.
 

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Task 2: Pause for breath

 

This pause for breath is an opportunity to evaluate your life. What’s actually worth rushing back to? Do you still want the normality you had before? Maybe it’s time to ask yourself some deep questions. Take some time and write down your anwers.
 

  1. What are the most important things in your life?
  2. What can’t you live without?
  3. Also, what are your passions? What makes you happy?
  4. What are you willing to put up with in order to have 1), 2), and 3)?

 

Consider your answers when you plan on re-starting “normal”. This is the perfect time to create a “normal” you actually love.