I think we can all hold our hands up and say that we've all been in a job we didn’t like and probably stayed in the same job longer than we wanted to. Staying in a situation that you don’t like, yet need is commendable. But staying there too long, without an escape plan is a sign of neglect to your future self.
I can think of a few reasons why people wouldn’t want to give up a crappy career, I’ve been there myself.
One day I woke up and I knew it was the day when things would change, I feel like there is always a tipping point, a moment in life when you must take the high road. The moment when your vibration and your destiny are in synch.
Loving what you do happens when you do what you love, it’s as simple as that. So the question is what do you enjoy doing without resentment? This is a hard question for me. I have a busy brain and I have a lot of hobbies. I thought I would compile my 7 Steps to loving what you do and doing what you love. Hopefully, you'll be encouraged to find your passion so you can live a fulfilled life and spend more time doing what you love.
1. Discover who you are first
Most people don’t live the life they want because they are not aware of their abilities, awareness is the key here, you have to discover who you are, know your strength but also the stuff that you're not too good at. The mind is an amazing tool but most people don’t bother to find out what their minds can do. Challenge yourself and get to know the real you. Not just your name and where you’re from but what’s inside of you. The discovering part I am talking about is invisible, that’s the YOU, you need to discover.
2. What ate you excited about
Humans actively spent time doing things that excite them, so it only makes sense that the majority of your time should be spent doing just that and not a boring job in which you have no interest. Discovering your passion, talent, gift, hobby, a dream career has to be a priority. Discovering what you're good at can happen in many ways. Someone might point it out to you, someone may say something like ‘do you know you can really sing? Have you considered becoming a singer?’ Watch out for these comments, they're never lightly spoken. Your passion should excite you, it will be on your mind day and night, something that comes naturally and that you can't do without. I'm sure you're already thinking of a few things at this point. Maybe you love helping people. Maybe you love cooking, playing sport, writing, putting on makeup. If you're unsure seek help, speak to a mentor, there are people whose job it is to point you in the right direction.
3. Be authentic
We live in a marketing fed world. Images are constantly being waved in our faces. The ultimate test in life is to still know who you are and what you want in a world that is constantly trying to change you. But it is still possible to be authentic. Let me tell you a little story. When starting this blog, my associate and I did a lot of research to know what others in our niche were doing, but ultimately, we have to choose what we want to do and be ourselves, that’s how to stand out and be authentic. You would love your craft better if you do what make you happy. Being inspired by other people is great, but it's okay to be yourself.
4. Make a decision
Indecision is one of the worse habits one can have when it comes to success, because, not making a concise decision can bring life to a halt. All success requires is a believing heart and a decisive mind. I’ve often heard my mentor Bob Proctor reiterate, that success is 95% Mindset and only 5% strategy. Decide on what you want to spend most of the time doing and do just that. Life becomes harmonious when your thoughts, words and actions all coincide. If sport is what you want to do, do just that, don't spend half a lifetime wondering if sport is what you should do, time will eventually run out. Don't let your dreams become regrets, make a decision.
5. Erase negative belief
Erase compromising thoughts. in order to truly change and live the life you want, you must learn, from the past and not repeat its mistake. You must become a student all over again. Escaping the life you live now requires you to learn how you got there in the first place, erase and unlearn old habits and then learn new ones. Mastering the art of learning, erasing and relearning will take you past your mistake.
6. Live out one passion at a time
Keep working at it, be known for it, become an expert in it, this is easier than you think. I read a book called ‘the one thing’ and it changed the way I deal with priorities, the truth is you get further in life when you focus on one thing. Popular belief will tell you multitasking is a great skill to have, truth is, it's a really bad habit. Most great women and men in history are mainly known for ONE MAJOR THING. Let's look into a few popular figures. and the one major thing they are known for.
- Serina William - Tennis
- Oprah Winfrey - Television
- Frida Kahlo - Painting
- Mother Theresa - Helping the poor
Do you get my point, be known, for one thing, it may take some time and there is no pressure to just focus on one thing but for the sake of being productive, you may want to consider this strategy.
7. Share your passion
They say the quickest way to become an expert is to share whatever you want to be an expert at. And I couldn't agree more. if you want to be a writer then write, if you want to be a singer then sing, if you want to be a blogger then blog. you may not be great from day one, but by day 365 you'll surely have made progress. Sharing your passion means finding a platform and shamelessly promoting yourself. you'll get criticism, you'll get applause, you'll get all sorts but sharing will allow you to grow immeasurably. Sharing requires supply, resources, it requires your cup to be full. You can't share what you don't have and that's the beauty of sharing and giving, it automatically increases your capacity and abilities. Before you know it, you're standing in bigger crowds.