You feel like something is missing in your life, but the next step alludes you.
You see people living the life you want to live, but you don’t know where to start.
This was the exact situation I found myself in not too long ago.
In 2009, I was a professional online poker player. I was making money, but it was sucking my soul dry.
I could feel my heart aching for nourishment.
I knew I could contribute to the world, but I doubted myself.
Looking back, there were five things I would’ve said to my past self to make things easier.
Examine your expectations. You’re diving into something new.
You will stumble. You will feel overwhelmed, uncertain and scared. You won’t know what to do next. You’ll feel like you’re jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.
Those feelings are to be expected. But remember, you are not your feelings or thoughts.
Once you accept both the good and the bad, everything changes.
Don’t run from your emotions or thoughts. Face them head on. Invite them in.
Otherwise, they’ll invite themselves in.
Forget about finding the perfect passion. It’ll never happen.
Like a kid in a candy store, look at finding your passion as an adventure. There are many flavors available. The only way to discover what you like is to start trying things out.
If you’re fresh out of college, this is even more important, because you have no idea of what you should expect from life.
You can’t make predictions, because you have no basis for those predictions.
In reality, none of us can predict the future. All you can do is follow your excitement.
It’s when you move forward that your path is revealed to you.
You don’t have to try so hard. Do what you can with what you have. That’s enough, because it’s the only thing you can do.
When I create a course or write a book, I want it to be perfect.
Luckily, I’m also aware of the fact that I can only do my best. I aim for good enough.
By doing this, I let myself relax, and enjoy what I do. I don’t force myself to do what I can’t do.
Letting go has given me access to a tremendous amount of energy. Instead of wasting energy on worrying and doubting, I focus on how I can help.
Don’t get me wrong, I still worry. I’m still human, after all. The difference is that I worry less.
Get comfortable with resistance. Allow it to dance in your body. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. The rest is out of your hands.
Perhaps it’s that way for a reason. Who knows?
The next key is to manage your time well.
I’m talking about both how you use your time, and the tasks you focus on.
You don’t need a complex time management system. Good old pen and paper will do just fine.
What works for me is to write down a few high-value tasks before I go to bed. When I wake up, I do my best to get them done. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t.
When I started out, I tried to do things that didn’t matter. I was afraid of focusing on what did matter.
So even if you only have 15 minutes a day to follow your passion, it’s enough, as long as you focus on the right things.
And if you don’t know what to do, just start somewhere. Anywhere.
If you’re in the candy store and have never tasted candy, it doesn’t matter where you start.
If you’re reading this, chances are you want to get paid to do what you love.
In order to do that, you have to find the intersection between what you love to do, what you are good at (or want to get good at) and what people are willing to pay for.
It’s not easy.
It can feel overwhelming.
But the first step is to start.
You’ve just entered the candy store. The next step is to dive in and explore. Break things. Taste things.
Many marketers try to sell you a quick fix, but you and I both know those don’t work.
The solution is to work hard, and face what scares you most.
And if you want to dive deeper into all of these keys, make sure you check out my premium course, Live Your Passion.
Start before you’re ready.
The people living a passionate life started even though they were scared.
They didn’t know what the future held, but they did it anyway. Stop planning and start doing.
Think about the kid in the candy store. He doesn’t think about what the flavors might taste like, he just dives in.
You could say that adult life is different, but is it?
Are you saying you can’t take one step in some direction today?
You are the only one holding you back from a passionate life.
So think about the next smallest step you can take, and take that step.
P.S. Do you have trouble finding your passion? Then I recommend you check out my popular book Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself.
It’ll help you gain clarity, and take the next step.