You’ve Found Your Passion – Now What?


 

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Many people come to me because they haven’t found their passion or aren’t sure which of their many interests to pursue. Others however, know exactly what lights them up, but that’s where it stops. What’s next?
 

Your mission today is to learn how to know how you should honour your passion.
 
 

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Task 1: The big question: Hobby or income?

 

I talk about this a lot, so I’ll keep it brief here: Please don’t feel as though you “should” make your passion your income. You don’t have to be a pro to make it your priority.
 

Our society values material success and money. Obviously, it also tells you that in order for a passion to be important, it needs to be your income or business.
 

I say, joy and love are why you’re on this planet, not material success. So if your passion lights you up, that’s your reason to make it a priority. Whether you want to make it your income, is secondary.
 

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Task 2: You’ve found your passion – now nourish it

 

Passions are much like being in love. At the beginning, you pour your all into it, you can’t wait to get there every day and it makes you outrageously happy. Over time, there might be days when you don’t feel like picking it up at all, and it can become annoyingly difficult.
 

Just like a good relationship, a passion deserves the effort it takes to make it work. Once the “first flush” is over, establish a routine – set times and also a budget dedicated to your passion. Don’t make your passion fight for your attention with everything else in your life. Instead, prepare a space it’ll occupy, whether you feel like it that day or not.
 

Reach out to others who share your passion. There’s nothing more inspiring! If you do make money with your passion, protect that playful space where you just fool around enjoying yourself. Don’t ever let your passion become a painful chore.

Failure Isn’t Permanent: 3 Ways To Normalise Mistakes


 

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Imagine a 10-month-old pulled themselves to a standing position, took a step, fell over and thought: “Apparently, I’m rubbish at this walking thing. I’ll just leave it to those who are better at it.” Haha!
 

Actually, we learn how to walk by trying and failing, until we don’t fall as much and finally, hardly at all. Fast-forward to adulthood, and we’re suddenly anxious to do everything right and never fail at anything, ever.
 

This is crippling our success and our joy. Your mission today is to find out why this happens, and how to normalise failure to become much happier.
 
 

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Task 1: Why we are afraid to fail

 

As stated above, kids have no trouble being crap at something. So when do we learn to be ashamed of mistakes? Answer: in school.
 

Our educational system is built on punishing mistakes. Think of every quiz that has ever been graded: It had every mistake marked with red ink, and the number of mistakes determined the score at the bottom! Is it any wonder we’re terrified of failure?
 

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Task 2: Failure isn’t permanent

 

We all know that failure isn’t permanent, but what we think isn’t what makes us anxious. The fear of failure is deep inside our subconscious mind and usually comes from our school years.
 

It take persistence to overcome this. Here are 3 ways to get started:

  1. Give yourself permission to fail. Next time you do something wrong, take a deep breath and say “it’s ok.” Stop yelling at yourself.
  2. Consciously seek out something you suck at. Many don’t pursue a passion because they think they’re not “good enough”. Do something badly and have fun. Be a clumsy beginner.
  3. Create safe spaces for failure at work and at home. Encourage people to come clean and see mistakes as opportunities for growth.

These measures take time to show effect, but it’s worth it. You’ll increase your enjoyment of life and your willingness to risk trying something new.

What Does It Mean To “Pursue Your Passion”?


 

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I spend a lot of time clarifying the expressions passion and purpose, because they are used to mean such a wide variety of different things nowadays. Sometimes it seems they’ve lost their meaning altogether.
 

When people tell you to pursue your passion, they often mean “find a job that you’re passionate about” or “turn your passion into your job or business”. Your mission today is to recognise what passion truly means and how powerful it is.
 
 

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Task 1: Pursue your passion, full stop

 

“Pursue” means to follow and strive for. In the context of passions, it means to do what you’re passionate about. I call it doing what lights you up.
 

Do you notice something? It’s not “earning money with” something, nor even “being good at” it! It’s simply to do what lights you up.
 

Your passion is history? Pursue your passion by reading, visiting historic sites, whatever gives you that buzz. Is you passion singing, then sing your heart out without worrying if your voice is “good enough” or pressuring yourself to sing on a stage (unless that’s what you want).
 

A passion isn’t a job or a business. Got that? Good.
 

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Task 2: What if you do have a passion job or business?

 

Of course this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a job that you’re passionate about. Neither does it mean that you can’t be a professional singer, actor, writer etc and earn money with your passion.
 

What it means is that you need to be clear which is which. Clarity is important because I’ve seen too many people lose their passion when they tried to make a living from it. People burn themselves out or depend on outward success, either financially or emotionally. This can drain a passion of all joy in no time at all.
 

Don’t let this happen to you. Know which part is your passion and which is the business, and keep them separate in your heart and mind.

Stop Throwing Out Money? I Say: Go Right Ahead!


 

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Hang on – don’t I usually advise managing your money, which includes saving and investing in order to become financially secure? Yes, I do.
 

However, there’s a danger in getting too fixated on saving and denying yourself a life in the present moment. In today’s mission, you’ll learn how much fun throwing out money can be, and how to do it whilst still growing your fortune.
 
 

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Task 1: How to spend and not go broke

 

I have talked about budgets in the past, and budgets are part of all my Coaching programs – because prioritising your passion and living your purpose requires you to have free headspace. You can’t be bogged down by money worries.
 

Usually, I recommend budgeting in percentages. That way, if your income increases, the percentages stay the same and you’ll simply have more money in each category – such as living costs, savings, etc.
 

This is where “throwing out money” comes in. Two budget categories I recommend are called “gifts” and “play” and should be 5-10% of your net income. Every month, you’ll have money to donate or buy presents with. You’ll also have “Play” money for yourself.
 

The only rule about “Play” money is that it can’t be spent on anything you need. It’s literally money to throw out the window and buy something silly that tickles your fancy.
 

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Task 2: Why “throwing out money” is important

 

Spending within your budget means that you can spend carelessly without ever getting into trouble. But there’s more to it.
 

All evidence points to the insight that spending Play and Gift money actually increases your wealth. Nobody is sure why this is so and the explanations sound a little far out: The universe likes you to enjoy yourself, or money is energy and energy needs to flow, not be hoarded.
 

Whatever the reason may be, overwhelming evidence is that spending money on things that make you and others happy, tends to attract more wealth. Try it!

First Perfection, Then Total Inertia – Is This Your Pattern?


 

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Whether it’s healthy eating, exercise, or even prioritising a passion, many of us have an unhealthy cycle going on: We have perfect days, weeks, even months where we’re “good”, followed by complete inertia. That’s when we fall off the wagon, binge Netflix and undo all the good work we’ve achieved before.
 

In today’s mission you’ll learn why you keep falling into this pattern and how to prevent it from happening again.
 
 

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Task 1: Why perfection isn’t perfect

 

“I was so happy! I had loads of energy and couldn’t wait for my run every morning,” said my client. She couldn’t comprehend why she would sabotage herself by stopping.
 

The reasons for this are manifold, but none of them have anything to do with your willpower or intelligence. So Task 1 a) is to let yourself off the hook!
 

In fact, there are psychological reasons for your behaviour. We all have deeply rooted beliefs that stem from our childhood. Perhaps we’ve internalised a parent’s or teacher’s voice, and this make us very conflicted:

  • We want to be “good”
  • At the same time, we want to rebel

If this seems silly, consider that capable, intelligent people have been known to start drinking or abusing drugs again long after becoming clean. It’s a very real obstacle.
 

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Task 2: Break the pattern of perfection, then inertia

 

It’s time to turn it around. This means letting go of both states: The overly perfection and the total inertia. So what to do instead?
 

There are several components to this. I’m listing a few for you to get started:

  • Let go of the seductive simplicity of “everything changes, now!” Too much at a time invites failure. Implement one tiny step at a time.
  • Simplify the rest of your life. Reduce your online time, cancel social obligations.
  • Take plenty of time for yourself, to do whatever you please (even binge Netflix)
  • Practice Self Care regularly.
  • Schedule time for what lights you up.