Stop ‘life’ getting in the way of your passion.
We’d all like to leave our jobs and do something we’re passionate about, but we don’t.
Most of us just read about other people doing it, but don’t do it ourselves.
The trouble is most of us have financial or family commitments and it takes a very brave (or selfish) person to drop it all and pursue their dream.
But my question to you is, do you spend any time at all on the activity that makes you feel truly alive and happy.
If you don’t, then this article is for you.
Most people’s answer to why they don’t spend time doing what they love is ‘life’ gets in the way.
But it doesn’t. Watching TV, social media, (insert time-wasting activity of choice here) gets in the way.
We tell ourselves we just want to relax, well start the book/photography/painting/music practice/revolution tomorrow.
That would be fine, if it wasn’t for the fact that by not doing these things, you’re making yourself more unhappy.
I truly believe if you can just spend a short amount of time every day doing something that you are truly passionate about, you will feel happier for the rest of the day.
Take me, I’ve always wanted to write a book. I thought if I did I would feel I’d have achieved something and I would be happy. But when I did finally write a book when it came to the big moment of seeing it on a shelf in a bookshop, I was disappointed. I had the initial ego buzz, but after that, I just didn’t have that feeling of deep inner satisfaction I thought I would.
What I realised was this:
It’s the doing that makes you happy, not the having done.
When famous creative people are asked what project they would most like to be remembered for, they usually say their next one. They’re excited about what they are about to do, not what they have done.
So why not try spending twenty minutes ‘doing’ every day. I’ve picked twenty minutes because it’s short enough that everyone can manage it every day and long enough that you can do something worthwhile in that time.
You’ll be amazed that just by doing this, frustrating meetings/long commutes will suddenly become more bearable. As Nietzsche said, ‘He who has a why to live, can bear almost any how’.
If you’d like to try it, here are some guidelines for a thirty-day challenge:
At the end of the thirty days, I’d love to hear your thoughts.