Have you ever felt stuck in the life you’ve created for yourself? Your life may be going just fine on the surface, you’re employed, you’re managing to pay your bills, you have a wonderful spouse. But you live the same routine every day, day in and day out only daydreaming about the life you wished you lived. At some point in time we all find that we feel stuck. The question is how long will you allow yourself to go on like that. Will you ever pursue your dreams and be real to your authentic self or will you just go on living a mediocre life?
We all have bills to play , we all have responsibilities and many of us have excuses for why we are not living the life we dream of living. Some of the biggest excuses we give ourselves for not chasing our dreams are
- Not enough free time
- Wont pay enough to survive
- Not enough outside support
- It’s never been done before so it’s impossible
The reality is that whether we pursue our passions or allow them to lie dormant they are always in the forefront of our minds. When something is is your blood, in your heart, no matter how much you try to push the thought of it aside you will not be able to shake what’s inside of you.
There will be people who tell you you’re crazy. People will not always see your vision and that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is not meant to see, feel or understand what you do. For that very reason alone, because you may have something unique, maybe even innovative to add to the world you must be willing to follow the little voice inside guiding you towards your dream life.
It won’t be easy. Change never is, fear can ground even the mos talented, passionate individual. Fear of change, fear of inadequacy and even fear of success is a huge deterrent for some. I guarantee it will take some 20 hour days, some sleepless nights, it may even take a year worth of ramen noodles and boiled eggs for dinner but the journey towards your authentic self is it’s own reward. Some of the most important reasons for pursuing your passions and living to your own authentic self and include but aren’t limited to
- One of the things people regret most at the end of their lives are the chances that they didn’t take in life.
- You will never feel complete by trying to live to someone else’s standards of success. Defining what success means for yourself allows you to not just pursue a goal but enjoy the journey towards it.
- Pursuing what your or others see as an unrealistic goal to so many others will teach you more about life than any training class for a dead end job. The person who has failed 100 times is 100 times more knowledgeable than the person who hasn’t even tried once.
- Following your dreams will inspire those around you to reach for higher goals. If you have children this is extra important because it’s imperative that we teach our children to dream and that all things are possible through hard work, dedication and flexibility.
- Pursuing your dream doesn’t mean you have to quit your job or let your family starve. It does mean that you will have to be willing to sacrifice a little and add new habits to your routine. You have to be willing to keep pushing even if everyone around you thinks you’re stark raving mad. Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t expect your life to suddenly change because you picked up a paint brush, a hammer or instrument. Pursuing your passion is a journey towards finding yourself. The joy is not in the destination but the road you travel along the way.
Those with little money, little free time or maybe too many excuses can find ways to easily incorporate their passion int their daily lives.
- Sports enthusiast? Injured or a little old to play? If you can’t play, coach! Volunteer with a local school, church or community center. You never know what opportunities it may lead to.
- Get up a hour earlier each day and set that time aside to practice or focus on your passion.
- Check local community colleges, community centers and churches for free or discounted workshops OR the opportunity to teach one yourself.
- Take advantage of opportunities to show off your passions, whether it’s speaking to a group on a topic related to your passion, volunteering or preparing something to sell or perform at local farmers markets, festivals and amateur showcases.
There are many other ways to work your passion into your daily life. You may not be able to jump right into your dream job or position but the more you immerse yourself in your passion the closer you get each day. You open yourself to opportunities that you never will get sitting on the couch wondering what if.
Any goal is achievable when the right amount of determination, dedication, time and effort are applied. If I could leave with with a few last words of advice I’d remind you that
- A Plan of action is key. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals S (Specific) M (Measurable) A (Attainable) R (Realistic) T (Timely)
- Don’t focus as much on the destination as you do on the journey
- Ignore the naysayer. Everyone is not meant to see your vision.
- Define success on your own terms. You hold the key to your happiness, not your friends, family or the strangers who make up our society.
Need more motivation to follow your passions? Check out the articles below. These people made the leap from living mediocre day to day lives and are now living their dreams.
Sexy Sapphire 10/19/2015