Pursuing Your Passion: From Intention To Action


 

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Someone wise once said: “Nothing’s as far as the path from good intentions to a good deed.” We’re all familiar with this, aren’t we?
 

Although we often cite a lack of time or money, the real reasons why we don’t pursue our passions as much as we’d like to, lie within. Today’s mission is to get from intention to action.
 
 

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Task 1: Create the right conditions

 

Waiting for the conditions to be just right will have you waiting for a very long time. If you’re serious about prioritising your passion, you need to create favourable conditions and set yourself up for success.
 

Barring an actual emergency, many situations can be planned for. Let’s look at what can stand in your way and how to prevent it:

  • You’re exhausted – Ruthlessly insist on your sleep, breaks and downtime.
  • You’re unwell or ill – Take the time to heal. If you’re chronically ill, learn how this affects you and work with it.
  • You’re broke – Take the Wild Money program. Read books about personal finance. Budget for your passion.
  • Your partner/boss doesn’t respect boundaries – Be firm. Allow them the same courtesy. Plan in quality time with your loved ones. Look for a new job.

 

Task 2: From intention to action

 

Now that you’ve set yourself up for action, you need to get going. Immediately after watching this video, do 10 minutes of what lights you up.
 

Set your daily minimum for pursuing your passion (again, 10 minutes is fine!). Also set your desired time spent, such as an hour or two. If you’re tired or busy, look at Task 1 but also spend your minimum time on your passion.
 

The important thing is to stop any further planning and actually take the first step right now. Follow it up with daily actions to form a habit that will get you from intention to action.
 

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.