I regularly receive emails from readers who want to know the best way to start doing work they love.
It’s a 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 look 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 not.
Failure doesn’t mean death, it means (potential) growth.
When you talk to people who do what they love, they’ll tell you stories of spectacular failures.
It is through their trials 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 tiny 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 start where you are with what you have, and you do your best.
You avoid giving power to your fears, worries, and what ifs.
I did this when I started my business, when I wrote my first book, and when I created my first course. 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 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 feel ready.
Trying to learn everything doesn’t work, because you don’t know what that everything is, and there always seems to be more you can learn.
A Few Helpful Ideas
You could sit there and dream about what could be, or you could take a tiny step toward doing what you love.
There are a few essential shifts you need to make, especially if you’ve been stuck for months, or years.
Here they are:
- Challenge your mind. You have thoughts of possible bad things happening. The more you take action despite these thoughts, the more you see that your mind can’t predict the future, and hence shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
- 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.
So, there is no secret formula. The best way forward is through small, simple steps.
If you truly want to do what you love, there is no right time.
Start before you feel ready.
All the best,