The day after I finished my first blog post, I ran a spell check, added some citations, took a deep breath, and never published it. I felt an induced state of fear and constant self-doubt. I heard other people’s negative opinions running through my head. I had a passion for spreading my words and thoughts, but my own inner critic was holding me back. Two years later, I can look back and not regret a single thing. Everyone tends to ignore that inner voice that’s constantly reminding us of our passion. We never give ourselves the opportunity to listen to it. We worry about an infinite number of things, some within our control, and some not.
Maybe you have already overcome your own inner critic and have taken the first step to pursuing your journey, but the people around you are stopping you. Sometimes those who deeply care about you will give you unpleasant advice. They have the right intentions – they care and want to protect you from the possibility of failure – but it’s a double-edged sword, thwarting your opportunity to pursue your passion.
Here are 5 lies people will tell you when you decide to pursue your passion:
This is one of the most common lies people will tell you. There is no such thing as the “perfect moment”. It’s a fuzzy generalization of a time that will likely never come. You don’t have tomorrow guaranteed, only today. Today is the day you will begin following what truly makes you tick. Pursuing your passion is what life is all about. Today is your perfect moment.
So many people simmer with chronic despair and stay stuck in a job for 5 years, 20, 30, thinking to themselves that it’s too late to change. If you’re unhappy, why are you settling for less? You can always chase your dream after work until you develop a stable income – and not settle. This is what a job really is: you are paid money in exchange for bearing your unhappiness. Can you put a price on happiness? Remember, safer does not mean better.
This lie has some truth to it, but that’s because far too many people actually have the discipline, ambition, and resilience to follow what they love. Those lucky people had the drive, determination, willpower – and you have all that right now. So stop dreaming about being that lucky person, and become one of them!
It’s only impossible if you never do anything about it. The reason certain things seem impossible is simply that nobody has achieved them yet. Look at history at almost any inventor and the naysayers they faced. Whoever dreamed Elon Musk would build a self-landing rocket?
Stop thinking of the stigma of failure is bad. Failure is simply a stepping stone to success. Either you try and succeed, or you learn something. It’s a win-win. Learn to use setbacks as lessons and opportunities.
You don’t need to save any more money. You need a plan and a budget. Start by eliminating all the nonessential costs in your life. Dining in restaurants 3 times a week, buying lottery tickets, subscribing to fully loaded cable, etc. Figure out the minimum income you need to live a realistic life. But don’t be foolish and just quit your job cold turkey. Ask yourself: What actions can I take right now that will bring me closer to my goal?
Yes, it’ll take a lot of hard work, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. As I write this, I could be out with my friends, but instead I’m sacrificing instant gratification for long-term benefits. This is why It’s important to pursue your passion. Find hard work you love doing. If you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.
Step 1: Dream it. Everything begins in the heart and mind.
Step 2: Believe it. Yes, your dream needs to be big.
Step 3: See it. The great achievers have a habit.
Step 4: Tell it. Don’t be a dreamer who keeps it all to himself.
Step 5: Plan it.
Step 6: Work it.
Step 7: Enjoy it.
Disregard these 5 lies you’ll hear from people around you the next time you’re chasing a passion, a goal, a greater version of yourself. When we’re growing up, they say we can be whatever we want to be. If you feel you can achieve these goals or fulfill your dreams, it’s worth taking the risk.
It’s your life. You live it once, so live it fully.
There’s no time for regret.
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Call it intuition, instinct, or a gut feeling: if we followed it, we just might be a lot happier. Intuition is a skill we are all born with, but one we submerge in the business of modern living.