How To Prioritise A Passion That’s Not Your Income


 

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Everyone talks about making your passion your paycheck. And indeed, it can be very fulfilling; I know a lot of people who are very successful in doing this. My own income is one of my passions, too.
 

However, the real challenge begins when your passion is not your source of income. Clients often tell me they feel like their loyalties are divided between their job and their passion(s).
 

Your mission today is to learn how to prioritise a passion that isn’t your paycheck.
 
 

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Task 1: Should your passion be your income?

 

The first step is to gain clarity on what works best for you. A lot of people feel that in order to be serious about their passion, it ought to be their career or business. But that’s a very limiting view that’s gained ground in our materialistic modern world.
 

You are not your job. If you want to become a full-time researcher or academic, an actor or actress or musician on the stage, then that’s great. But if you would rather pursue your passion in peace and in private, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prioritise it.
 

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Task 2: Prioritising a “hobby” passion

 

We need to lose the phrase “just a hobby”. There’s nothing “less than” about being passionate when something doesn’t make you money – in fact, I’d argue that it takes more passion to stick with it when you have no monetary incentive!
 

You need three things to do this successfully:

  1. A job with healthy boundaries, workload and hours,
  2. Plenty of self care and quality time for you and your loved ones,
  3. Time scheduled to radically spend on your passions.

Have you tried a passions date twice a week with yourself (similar to Julia Cameron’s Artist Date)? You’ll woo your passion like a lover, by turning up at your best and giving it your undivided attention. Play with this. Fall in love and then keep the flame alight – just like you would in a relationship with another human.

3 Ways Your Passions Can Cause Burnout


 

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Wait, what? I promote prioritising your passion(s) and now I’m telling you your passions can cause burnout?
 

Why yes, they can. It’s a subject not often talked about, but it has massive implications for those who seek joy and fulfilment in life – those who want to live with purpose.
 

Your mission today is to learn 3 ways your passions can cause burnout.
 
 

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1. You treat your passion(s) like chores

 

I often suggest scheduling your passions the same way you schedule a doctor’s appointment in order to create space for them. What this doesn’t mean is that your passion should be treated like just another chore to check off your endless to-do list. That’s counterproductive and can burn you out in no time.
 

Remember passions are about joy. Give yourself time and don’t expect “productivity”. Most passions follow cycles, with phases where you reflect or aren’t very inspired, alternating with times when everything seems to flow by itself.
 
 

2. You have too much going on

 

A lot of us already have too much on their plates. They work, look after their families, go to yoga, attend social events… There never seem to be enough minutes in a day.
 

If you think about it, it seems insane to insert time for passions into an already busy schedule. Yet that’s what most people try to do, and it’s a shortcut to burnout.
 

Prioritising passions means to simplify and decelerate the pace of your life overall. Opt out of anything that isn’t essential. Create the space first, then fill it with passion.
 

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3. You try to do it all by yourself

 

That’s probably the most common mistake. We have stopped thinking in terms of community. Yet nothing is more inspiring and keeps your passions fresh as well as people to share them with.
 

Look for groups, workshops, online communities, and get involved. It’s like blowing on a flame and will give you endless ideas for your passions.