“I’ll do what I love when I find time for it.” If that’s something you’ve said to yourself at some point in your life, you’re not alone. A lot of us go through our lives putting our passion to the side simply because we convince ourselves that we’ll get to it “someday”. We say to ourselves, “Life is really busy right now, I don’t have time to focus on this.”
Here’s the thing though, “someday” always seems like it never gets here, right? And while we wait for “someday” to get here, another day goes by where we aren’t following our dreams.
If you are someone that is truly passionate about something, then TODAY is the day. No, this does not mean that you need to walk into work tomorrow and quit your job. It does not mean that you should begin a reckless life of ignoring your family and friends and adult responsibilities. And most importantly, no, this does not mean that you need to perfect this craft in a matter of 24 hours. What this means is that today is the day to start making the time to do the things that you love.
It’s all about being consistent.
Once you decide that you are going to take action, then the next step is finding the small ways that you can move your passion forward. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start a blog about cooking. No, you won’t need to go out and discover new recipes and cook full course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. How about you start by simply reading other cooking blogs and start writing down ideas. Maybe go on YouTube and watch some of your favorite cooking influencers talk about the things that they love while you’re on your lunch break. Perhaps you know someone personally that is a blogger, so you carve out time to sit and chat with them about how they set themselves up for success. Start a small blog and put out simple recipes you’re familiar with once or twice per week and then grow from there. It’s small progressions like these, when done on a consistent basis, that will ultimately lead you to where you want to be.
When I ask my friends and colleagues if they are doing what they love, I often hear the same thing: “I just don’t have the time to focus on it.” No worries, my friends, here are Ky’s 5 Tips to Making Time for Your Passion.
Tip #1 – Know What This Passion Means to You
This is personal. Ask yourself: “What does success mean to me?” If you’re anything like me, I’d rather be pursuing a passion that means something special to me personally every day, then something that doesn’t. Your passion should be personal, as that is what will ultimately drive you at the end of the day.
Tip #2 – You Can’t Be Afraid to Say No
Time is valuable. We only have a certain amount of time on this planet, so that’s why it’s important that you are incredibly selective about how you’re spending your time.
Saying “no” is a skill, believe it or not. And honestly, it’s something that I am still working on. Yes, it can be really hard and awkward sometimes to say “no”, especially if you’re someone that doesn’t like feeling like you’ve let someone down, but in the long run, this will allow you to use your time in the way YOU want to use it.
Tip #3 – Surround Yourself with People That Believe In You
If you’re surrounded by people who not only believe in you, but believe in your passion and hard-work and daily hustle… then you’ll be lifted up and inspired in ways you could never imagine otherwise.
Learn who will lift you up and get rid of the people who will hold you back. Associate with people that will hold you accountable and with people that will cheer you on through the good times and the not-so-good times. This is more vital than you may realize.
Tip #4 – Don’t View ‘Failure’ in a Negative Light
You are going to fail.
Let me repeat that.
You are going to fail.
It’s inevitable. However, what really is “failure” to you? Understanding what “failure” means to you is very important because the better you understand it, the easier it will be for you to overcome.
Look at “failure” as a way to learn and become better. My favorite quote ever goes as follows: “We’re not defined by what we accomplish, we’re defined by what we overcome.”
Tip #5 – Today Is The Day
If you’re not going to start now… then when? If it helps, give yourself a reasonable deadline to accomplish the small tasks I was speaking about before. For me, I find that having a sense of urgency actually helps me accomplish my goals.
Today is the day to get started. “Someday” may never come. Tomorrow is never promised.
If there is one thing I’d like for you to take away from this blog today, it’s that you are more than capable of making the choices necessary to move your life in the direction you want it to go. Your passion defines you, so don’t deny it from your life. Figure out what makes you tick and be relentless in pursuing it.