- Posted by Val
- On March 27, 2015
- 0 Comments
- busy, distractions, passion, start, time
In our role as coaches it such a privilege to have people share their dreams to us. It really enlivens me to hear about people’s unique passions- something that they alone can accomplish at a very high level of excellence. Their calling.
From experience, it takes a bit of dreaming and effort to figure out this calling. One of the best tools I’ve used is of course, the Strengthsfinder. Partnered with coaching, I found that my coachees were able to find their real passion in a few sessions.
One of the biggest struggles they would eventually face though is finding time for their passion. Craig Groeschel, author of the book Chazown said:
Everyday you will have many opportunities to be distracted with “good” things.
I feel like this is the state of many people today. They might have an inkling of what they want to do but they are just too busy to start doing it. Or maybe they are making very incremental progress with their passion is because there are too many things in their plate.
I wish I could say that there’s a magic formula to make you do everything you want to do all at the same time- but really, the only advice I could offer is FOCUS. Whatever you focus on will give you significant progress. On the other hand, lack of focus opens the door for distractions that would eventually leave no room for your passion. You might wake up one day realizing you’ve wasted half of your life doing things and errands that did not really connect with your passion.
You have to fight for your “passion time”. You have to be deliberate in time-blocking your week to make room for it, because no one else will do it for you. People and circumstances will always try to pull your energy towards their own agenda, it is up to you to do something to protect yours.
Here are 3 mindsets I’d like to share that may help you move forward with your passion:
1. Start small. For those who have not started anything yet, plan things. In fact, plan big things about your passion and include in your plan where you can start the quickest. Start small. Start where you are most confident in. Start with the least capital (money and time). Just start.
2. You do not have to quit your job. Many of the people I’ve talked to is relieved to hear this. Yes, you do not have to jump ship right away. Because you started small (see above), you can do something about your passion on your vacant time.
3. Never lose momentum. This is very important- more important than the size of the progress. I would rather see a person progressing very little but never losing momentum than a person who bursts out with passion but loses the excitement after a month. Make sure to find ways to move. Never stop progressing no matter how small your steps are, your momentum will eventually push you faster towards your passion.