Part 1 of the post ‘When I grow up, I want to be a….’ I talked about the differences between our passion as a five year old which we so enthusiastically proclaimed, versus our passions as an adult and how we have either put them to the side to make a living, or we are too fearful on how to take steps to actually pursue our passions and dreams.
Have you been thinking about what is stopping you from pursuing your passion? Are you like me and come up with excuses as to why it’s not possible? Here is a small list just to get you thinking whether or not you are making the same excuses I did:
- My passion couldn’t be a ‘career’. It’s just something I enjoy doing on the side.
- I am the sole provider of my family at this point, I don’t have the time or resources to be able to do what I love.
- I can hardly focus on things I need to do today, how can I focus on things I want to do tomorrow?
- I don’t have what it takes to do something I love, I will just stay here in my comfort zone.
- And probably the least significant but the most detrimental…. I need to refresh my Facebook page over and over again just incase I miss what’s going on in someone else’s life! I don’t have time to live a life of my own?!
- I have started this blog site. For me it’s actually a big step. I’m not much of a reader or writer (I actually consider myself far from it) but I know that this is a great way to communicate to the masses (and individual) about the passion that is on my heart to do life well.
- I have studied a part time course for a year on Speaking, Writing and Leadership
- I am currently doing my diploma in Life Coaching
- I have taken opportunities to speak to crowds as big as 1,600 people encouraging them towards their goals
- Identify what your passions are – What did you want to be when you grow up? What do you love doing if you could do anything at all?
- Identify excuses – What are you telling yourself to think you can’t follow your passions? Write these excuses down and go through each one to figure out how to overcome these excuses.
- Start thinking about how you could pursue these passions – Who do you need to contact to help you? Is there a course you need to study? What is in your world right now? What are the steps towards stepping out and making your passion something you do everyday?
- Give realistic timelines – It’s all good writing what you need to do, but it’s more important to put a time line to it. Make some short term and long term goals. If the idea of setting goals and timelines is a scary or foreign to you, remember that “goals are just dreams with deadlines”.