Sometimes people come to me with a laundry list of excuses.
One of the main ones is: “Henri, I can’t follow my passion because I have kids and a job. I’m not like you. I don’t have enough time.”
But time is never the problem.
You can always use whatever time you have to explore and follow what makes you come alive.
Even if you only have five minutes, you can use that time to listen to an audiobook, read a book, take a course, or explore your interests.
Just because you can’t do much doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything.
It’s about starting with what you have.
The problem isn’t time, but mindset
You could say that your circumstances are different from mine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start.
Besides, sometimes going from zero to following your passion full-time could be a bad idea. You put too much pressure on yourself.
So if you have 10 minutes a day to explore what you are interested in, start there.
This isn’t about having unlimited time, it’s about working with what you’ve got.
You determine when you start
You see, it’s not my job to convince you that you can do this. It’s yours.
And you don’t even have to convince yourself. You just have to start, and see what happens.
You can start right now, if you want to.
Your mindset is the only thing holding you back. If you believe that you don’t have time, then that is the reality you get to experience.
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The key is to start tiny (and build momentum)
If you only have five minutes to spare before you go to bed, use that time to read and learn.
When you first discover that you can do what you love, it’s about learning. You learn what’s possible. You listen to audiobooks. You read books. You watch talks.
You expand your horizons.
You bask in the knowledge that’s out there.
Even five minutes per day makes a difference in the long-term. When you carve out time for yourself every single day, you build a habit, and you build momentum.
Eventually those five minutes may turn to ten, twenty, sixty, and so on.
But even if they don’t, your life will change.
When you’re determined to find time, you find time. The time is already there, you just have to open your eyes.
And if you don’t have the energy…
Then don’t do anything.
Don’t try to find and follow your passion just because someone told you to.
If you are happy with your life, then live your life.
And if your excuses feel insurmountable, let them be. Let the energy within you build until you can’t take your own excuses any longer.
This is all an experiment. Play with it.
You don’t have to take it so seriously.
In the end, it’s up to you
You can give me, or someone else, a list of excuses, but it’s not my job to do anything about it, it’s yours.
No one is holding you back except yourself.
Now, you could feel bad about not being perfect, but the truth is that everyone has their own shadows to deal with.
You’re not alone.
You don’t have to be perfect.
Just find a tiny bit of time, and work with it. Play with it.
See what happens.
Have some fun, okay?
All the best,
P.S. Interested in discovering your passion, or becoming clearer about your purpose? Check out my book: Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself.