So you made the decision to start pursuing you passion on purpose. Yay! But such a big undertaking (and make no mistake – this is huge!) can be unwieldy to get your arms around. So I’ve broken it down into 5 steps you can take to get started and begin building the momentum you will need to keep you going.
Step 1 – Journal. Start with writing down your intention. Working through this process intentionally gives it energy that can keep you going even when it seems overwhelming. There is something very powerful about putting your intention down on paper in black and white. And the act of writing out your ideas and goals and dreams helps clarify your thoughts as you move forward. Even a few minutes a day can establish a practice that will help you tap into a powerful inner wisdom as you go through the process.
Step 2 – Dream Big. If your dreams don’t scare you a little, they aren’t big enough! There should be a thrill and anticipation a little like the beginning of the roller coaster ride as you dream and imagine a life that makes your passion come alive in the world.Write down your craziest ideas and then start looking for clues and threads that most or all of those ideas have in common.
Step 3 – Look Back. Think about those times when life seemed to be going well and things were aligned in a way that made you excited about the present and future. Don’t worry if they weren’t directly related to you “real job” or what you were doing for a paycheck. There are themes here that will start to bubble up that likely align in some ways with your ‘dream big’ brainstorming.
Step 4 – Read. Read everything and anything and lots of different things. Blog posts, fiction, magazine articles, biographies. You never know where you might find a neat idea, inspiration, or something that challenges or changes your perspective just enough to bring more energy into you own story.
Step 5 – Find a Sounding Board. This could be a friend, mentor, or a professional coach or counselor. On the journey to pursue your passion on purpose you need to surround yourself with people that encourage and inspire you to become the best version of yourself!