So You Want to Follow Your Passion?

‘Follow your passion!’

It has a wonderful ring to it doesn’t it? It sounds so enticing and seductive, it’s little wonder we latch on it as a mantra for the way forward! I mean, just imagine a world where we’re all following our passion and living our passion!

I regard myself as someone lucky enough to be doing exactly that – following and living MY passion – but I know it’s something that many of us think about and dream about without actually doing anything about it! (Been there… got the t-shirt!)

The thing is, when you don’t actually know WHAT your passion is, being told to ‘follow’ it is pretty frustrating advice! And even if you DO know what it is, making it a reality can often feel totally unattainable – and it’s pretty hard to follow something that’s so out of reach!

The world needs your passion!

Yes, the WORLD needs your passion. It NEEDS you to be doing the thing that light you up and makes you come alive.

The world needs you to FIND your passion!

So with such a LOT at stake, here’s a process to help you do exactly that, so you can get on with doing what you really want to do with your life AND make the world a better place at the same time!

It’s time for you to find it and name it so you can start living it.

Set your intention

If you’re reading this I’m guessing you’ve tried the ‘wait and see approach’! Let’s face it, it’s not exactly a reliable strategy is it… and it certainly isn’t fast!

If you want to manifest your dream, your first powerful step is to simply set your intention to do it. By doing this, you instantly make it clear to yourself and others that you’re ‘in the game’. It signifies commitment and announces to the universe ‘I’m serious about this’.

Honestly, it may sound simple but this is a fundamental and powerful first step towards realising your desired outcome. You may have heard different sayings which support this – ‘Energy flows where our attention goes’ and ‘What we focus on expands’ – or you may well have experienced the phenomenon yourself, where the act of simply stating your intentions seems to bring about opportunities to fulfill them. Intention produces focused energy and it is this you can harness and use to accelerate the achievement of your dreams and ambitions.

Adopt an open mind

If you start out convinced that finding your passion is hard or an unrealistic a pipe dream, you put yourself at an immediate disadvantage. After all, how can you expect to find your passion if you don’t really believe it’s possible?

Keep an open mind and be aware of and receptive to all those little signs, nudges and signals encouraging you to explore new possibilities. Be curious…. and be willing to be led by your curiosity and excitement.

Search for the clues

The thing to remember is this – your ‘passion’ is already there within you! Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in box with a label on it – you have to do some detective work and start searching for clues!

Look for clues

And the best place to start is by looking back as a way of helping you move forward.

As you look back over your life, you’ll notice that certain experiences stand out – some because they were positive, experiences… when you felt really happy, fulfilled and ‘in your element’, others because they were difficult and challenging – either way, they will have had a profound impact on the course of your life. It’s these experiences which are so valuable to delve into in the search for clues and insights.

Connect the dots

Make a list of the experiences that stand out and then look within them and try to extract the essential elements that lie at their core. Don’t be despondent if at first glance it all looks like an eclectic mish-mash of disconnected bits and pieces because once you have all the pieces in front of you it’s so much easier to connect the dots and piece it all together to create something unique and new – your very own Plan P.

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For example, when I went through this process it soon became clear that I was happiest and most fulfilled when I was ‘teaching’ but NOT as a classroom teacher or as an IT trainer (although both were good for a while). When I dug deeper and looked for the essential elements that lay at their core, I discovered things like connection, community, inspiration, support and empowerment. And it’s no surprise that those elements ALL feature strongly in my work now – but without the children or the playground duties!

Who would benefit from this?

Be alert to who might want and need your newly emerging passion, and start getting to know them so you can get clearer on what and how you can serve them.

If you want to generate an income doing what you enjoy and what you’re good at, then these are the questions you need to ask this question:

  • Who would benefit from this?
  • How could you use your passion to help make other people’s lives better?
  • Whose journey could you help shorten?

Get out and mingle

Whoever said ‘isolation is a dream killer’ was spot on! Trying to find inspiration huddling over a laptop is not something that’s ever worked for me! And let’s face it, family and friends aren’t always the best people to bounce ideas off!

What DOES work for me – and what I encourage my clients to do – is to get out and about and surround yourself with people who are living examples of what’s possible. Get yourself along to networking groups and meet-ups with like-minded others. There is nothing quite so encouraging, inspiring and energising as being in the company of those who are out there doing the very things you aspire to do – after all, if they can do it, so can you!

Be courageous!

What’s courage got to do with it you might ask. Well, when you find your passion and decide to follow it, you will, sooner or later (probably sooner!) come up against something with the power to stop you dead in your tracks! And that something is your own resistance. And it will offer you all kinds of ‘reasons’ why you shouldn’t, couldn’t or mustn’t set off on this journey.

So yes, it takes courage to embrace fear and uncertainty and to take the leap of faith required to follow your passion but remember, the world needs you in it doing the thing that brings you joy and lights you up…. that’s exactly what this world needs from you.  And there’s a you-shaped hole out there that desperately needs to be filled.

Need a helping hand to find your passion?

Still grappling to find a sense of direction so you can start creating something compelling for your personal and professional future? Check out details of the Inspiration Incubator (including a free preview!) – a transformational home-study course designed to actively help you explore and clarify a vision of what’s possible for you.

Linda’s Business Evolution 4 and a Half Years On

In Conversation with Linda Anderson

None of us know where our business journey will take us when we first set off, but one thing’s pretty certain – the business we start with won’t be the same as the business we end with!

“Part of the joy of the journey is being able to challenge yourself to do something you haven’t done before and see something new be created.”

Linda Anderson

It’s an ongoing evolution

I’m fascinated by this ever-evolving process and I love to watch how businesses develop and unfold over time, which is why I invited Linda Anderson, who first featured in the Prime Time Business Women in Action series over 4 and a half years ago, back for a second interview. (You can watch our first interview right here.)

Linda is an EFT Tapping Coach otherwise known as the Business Mindset Magician. She specialises in working 1-2-1 at a really deep level with coaches, healers and consultants to overcome self-doubt, procrastination and their fears around marketing and sales, so they get their gifts out into the world and build a thriving business doing what they love.

Linda’s business continues to go from strength to strength, so listen in to our conversation as we catch up with how things have evolved in the intervening years. Linda’s reflections and insights are ones we can all learn from.

Share your thoughts…

How has your business evolved over time? Do you have any tips to share about handling change? How have you changed since you became a business owner? What was the key take-away from our interview for you?

Feedback, comments or questions – all are welcome! Please leave them in the box below – I love to hear from you!

Prime Time Business Women in Action is a series of interviews with women sharing their experience of setting up a ‘later life’ business. I believe there is SUCH a lot we can learn from listening to each other stories so please, if you’d like to share your journey and your experience on this blog please get in touch.

An Ounce of Action is Worth More than a Ton of Theory

My name is Karen and I hereby confess to having had an almost compulsive book addiction. I say that in the past tense because no more – I’m going cold turkey! I’m not giving up reading books altogether you understand (never!) just ‘business’ books.

This picture is just a tiny portion of what’s sitting on my bookshelf, not to mention the pile stacked by the side of the bed – where there’s enough unread material to probably see me through to the end of the year!

I used to get very excited when a new business blockbuster hit the shops and I was a sucker for all the hype surrounding the latest ‘bestseller’. (I put that in inverted commas because it seems to me that virtually every book is a bestseller. Which is a bit odd, don’t you think?)

I used to view my book addiction almost like a badge of honour in a ‘look at me, I’m a life-long learner!’ sort of way but now I’ve seen the negative side of this craving.

I realised that much of what I was reading wasn’t new information at all. To be totally blunt, it was often little more than a re-hash of existing information and wisdom…mostly saying the same things but in different ways. (And sometimes even saying the same things in much the SAME ways!)

I really don’t mean to be disparaging to all the authors who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into their offering but reading multiple versions of stuff I already know doesn’t strike me as the most productive thing to do!

Enough is enough

I have enough information. In fact, I’m up to my eyes with information! I don’t NEED any more information because – deep breath – I already know enough.

There I said it!

There’s an important point to be made here because there’s another, darker side to being a book junkie and it’s this:

Very often we use learning as an excuse for not doing. And learning without implementing what we’ve learned isn’t really going to get anyone very far is it?

Not me. Not you.

I don’t need any more information because I actually know enough already. (That’s twice I’ve said it now…. and hey, I’m actually starting to believe it! You should try it!)

When learning becomes a form of self-sabotage it’s time to stop.

You don’t need to read any more business books or absorb any more information… or watch any more free webinars… or download any more opt-ins because – now listen very carefully because this is very important you already know enough. And let’s face it, whilst creating a business certainly does have its challenges (procrastination being one very BIG one!), it’s not exactly rocket science either – but you DO have to get started!

An ounce of action…

There is SO much information out there that it’s very tempting to read a bit more, learn a bit more or research, refine and perfect just a little bit more. In fact, you can happily do any or all of these things until the cows come home. And THAT is exactly what a lot of people do, instead of what they really need to be doing which is taking action and implementing what they already know.

An ounce of action

There’s a saying I regularly share with my clients and it’s this: an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Because, with the best will in the world, you can’t create and grow a business simply by reading a darned book.

There IS only one way to do this and that’s by DOING IT!

And another thing – watch out, I’m on a roll now – by far the best and most satisfying way to ‘do it’ is always going to be YOUR way, rather than slavishly trying to do it the way some ‘expert’ tells you you ‘should’ be doing it!

It’s time to stop reading about it and start giving it a go – that’s when the real learning starts!

At some point you have to acknowledge that learning can only take you so far and the rest of the journey has to be experienced.

To make it happen you have to take regular, consistent action

Join the Success Circle

And yes, doing this is a lot more challenging than reading about doing it! But…. doing it with unwavering support and encouragement is completely different than trying to do it all on your own. And yes, this IS a shameless plug, but only because it’s totally appropriate to what I’m saying – the Success Circle could be exactly what you need to help you DO THIS.

Because we both know you’re here to do a heck of a lot more than just reading books.

So here’s my challenge for you…

What ‘ounce of action’ can you take today or this week, to move you and your business aspirations one step further forward?

I look forward to hearing from you – just post in the comments below!