Are you living your passion every day? Or is it confined to the "˜one day' pile that never seems to see the light of day? We all have things that light us up and make us feel truly alive, but the reality is that many of us aren't actually living our passion every day if at all.
Amongst the flurry of work commitments, family, weekly chores and a healthy social life our passions often take a back seat. The problem is that the "˜one day' we relegate our passions to often never comes.
Living Your Passion Can Feel Too Big
Living your passion every day might sound overwhelming from where you are right now. I know a few years ago it did to me. I was working full time in the corporate world, and after a full week at work I had just enough energy to catch up with friends and spend some time with family before I'd start all over again on Monday. My life was mundane and passionless, yet making a change to live my passion every day felt far too big to tackle.
Take a Series of Small Steps
The secret is though, living your passion isn't one big step "“ it's a series of small ones. These small steps don't involve going out on a limb, quitting your job, selling your house and diving right into living your passion. These small steps are actions you can start taking today, no matter where you are in your life right now.
My Path to Living My Passion Every Day
Back when I was working in the corporate world, my passion was to become a fashion designer. From where I was at the time though that seemed very far off. I had no training or experience in fashion, I was tied to working full time and I had no idea where to begin. Rather than quitting my job and jumping right in I started living my passion very small.
I signed up for a five week sewing course at my local community college. It was a very basic course – just two hours a week "“ but it got me going. It made me realize that this fashion thing was something I wanted to pursue and the skills I learned gave me the confidence to think bigger.
With my new found confidence I enrolled in a Diploma course in Fashion Design at my local college part time. Though I was still working a full time corporate job, going to class two nights a week and learning all about design lit me up. It was something I looked forward to and made me feel good. Though I wasn't quite living my passion yet, I was one step closer and the feeling was awesome.
My next step came when I was retrenched in a company restructure. Though completely out of my control, it was the perfect timing for me. I switched from part time to full time in my Diploma course and finished about three times more quickly than I would have otherwise.
Since then, I've taken steps to get some work experience in the industry and eventually took the plunge and started my own business as a fashion designer last year. I'm happy to say that I now live the life I'd dreamed of just a few years ago but it wasn't one big jump to living my passions "“ it was a series of small steps which made it a reality.
It's All About the Small Steps
I think that when we think about living our passions we often take an all or nothing approach. We think we either quit our job and launch into living the life of our dreams or we just stay put and do nothing. The problem is that when we think like this the idea of living our passion feels far too big. It becomes an insurmountable feat that we just can't imagine accomplishing and with that we do nothing.
There are many stages in between though, and those little steps we take along the way to get from where we are to where we want to be can be incredibly fulfilling too. Pursuing your passion in a small way to start with can light you up right now.
You Can Feel Joy Now
While you might not have the means to live your passion every day yet, once or twice a week is miles ahead of never. The joy you feel from pursuing something you love, combined with the satisfaction and momentum gained from taking action on your dreams, will push you into a state of mind far beyond where you'd be if you did nothing at all.
Living your passion every day might not come overnight, but it's entirely doable. Whether you're tied to working full time in a job you don't love, raising young children or whatever else it is that stops you, it doesn't mean you can't start pursuing your passion in a small way today.
Take One Small Step Today
The small step you take today leads to your next step, and with continued action over time you can get to where you want to be. No matter where you are in your life right now, I challenge you to take one small step today to start living your passion.
Are you living your passion every day? If not, what's one small step you can take today to get you closer to your dream?