I regularly receive emails from readers who want to know the best way to start doing work they love.
It’s a very common question, with a simple, yet uncomfortable answer.
If you’re honest with yourself, and ready to work hard, you’ll love the answer.
If you’re looking for shortcuts, you’ll keep on looking.
And this is the problem.
Most people are looking for guarantees and shortcuts.
And This is All Backwards
Many of the fears we have when it comes to doing work we love come from the assumption that we need to succeed right away.
We think failure is a lethal injection straight into our veins, but it’s quite the opposite.
Failure doesn’t mean death, it means growth. The more you fail, the more you learn, and the higher your chances of success.
You’ve learned to avoid mistakes at all cost, because teachers, parents, and society in general has told you that it’s bad.
But it’s time to change.
When you talk to people who do what they love, they’ll tell you stories of spectacular failures, mistakes, and times when they almost had an anxiety-induced heart attack.
It is through their trials and tribulations that they’ve gained enough experience to succeed. Not through trying to come up with one perfect idea.
The Best Way to Do What You Love
The best way to do what you love is to take one small step at a time.
This doesn’t mean you don’t plan or set goals. It means you focus on the next step you can take.
You avoid getting giving power to your fears, worries, and what ifs. Instead you focus on what you can do right now.
I did this when I started my lifestyle business. I was confused and scared most of the time, but I focused on the next step.
And with each step I took, another step revealed itself.
As time passed, things became easier, but I still have periods of anxiety and discomfort. That’s part of the process.
It’s not something to run away from, but something to embrace.
What many try to do is learn everything before they start. They think it’ll eliminate the fear and anxiety, but it often makes it worse.
The Problem With Trying to Learn Everything
The problem with trying to learn everything is that you don’t know what you need to learn before you start.
When you start, you run into real problems, which means you need to find real, focused solutions in order to make progress.
It’s like a video game; there’s always new problems to solve, and the more problems you solve, the more experience you gain, and the more your character grows.
The same is true for building a lifestyle business and doing what you love.
You can’t prepare for what’s to come. You can only start and do your best. You will face problems and it’s up to you to solve those problems.
Doing what you love requires courage, because you have to start before you’re ready.
Trying to learn everything doesn’t work, because you don’t know what everything is, and there always seems to be more you can learn.
So here’s what you need to do.
What You Need to Do, Right Now
You could sit there and dream about what could be, or you could actually start doing what you love.
There are a few essential shifts you need to make, especially if you’ve been stuck for months, or years thinking about taking action.
Here they are:
- Believe in yourself. You can do work you love if you want to. There’s a reason you resonate with this article, and that is because deep down you know I’m telling the truth. The only person holding you back is you.
- Become a problem solver. No one else can do this for you. They can help, but you have to take responsibility for taking action, facing problems and solving them. Until you do this, nothing happens. How long are you willing to wait?
- Focus on what you can do. You can’t avoid failure, mistakes, or fear, so why even try? What you can do is your best. Even if you’re completely new to this right now, you can start somewhere. You’ll struggle a lot, but you’ll learn.
Anyone can do work they love.
There is no secret formula. The best way forward is through small, simple steps.
It’s time to let go of perfection and follow your heart.
If you truly want to do what you love, then start right away.