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5 Tips For Making A Living Doing What You Love

It’s hard to overstate the importance of pursuing a career that aligns yourself with your passion.  But the real world question is, how do you pursue it every day and make money from it? 

The fear of being unable to provide for themselves or their families keeps too many people stuck in jobs they don’t like. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure that you live your passion in your work every day…and make a profit from it!

1. Learn from others.  You don’t have to create something totally new or innovative. Simply watch and learn from what others are doing, and incorporate good ideas into your own work.  Also, talk with people who are already succeeding at what you’d like to do, and ask them what’s working for them and what’s not. You may be surprised to discover their willingness to help you succeed.

2. Hire others to do what you don’t like to do. Getting inspired can be easy, but staying motivated can be challenging when you have to deal with tasks you don’t like or don’t excel at.  It’s a good idea to outsource these tasks wherever possible, and devote more of your time to high value activities you enjoy.

3. Set attainable goals.  It’s great to know what you want to do in life. But in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”  The best way to get things done is to create a series of small goals and checking one off your list everyday. Even if you don’t accomplish every last one of them, you will still have made progress that will add up to success.

4. Don’t give up.  That’s often easier said than done, but at the end of the day, if you don’t take a chance and go for your dream, you’ll never know what you might have accomplished. So don’t give up the first time you face a challenge, and even if things don’t go as planned, remember that you’ve still gained knowledge and experience that you can use on your next project. 

5. Eliminate your limiting beliefs.  Deeply rooted negative emotions, conscious or subconscious, can seriously hurt your chances of success. Fear that you’re not good enough, not important enough, or not “ready for prime time” make you procrastinate, overthink or fail to act at all, and hold you back from all you most want in life. If notions like these are contaminating your daily thoughts, habits and actions, ask yourself one simple question – is it true?  The answer is almost always “no”. Even where there is a grain of truth, you’ll be guided to take positive action that boosts your self-esteem.

Remember that the most important decision you’ll ever make for yourself and your financial destiny is to confront and vanquish the blocks to abundance so you can start receiving more wealth and success into your life doing work that you love. 

Write For Your Life

Feeling low, anxious, or simply out of sorts? Write about it. Getting stressors onto paper not only clears your mind, but can also lead to better health.

In an article published in Harvard Medical School’s health journal, Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. states that there is scientific evidence for physical benefits of “expressive” writing about stressful or traumatic life events. One study conducted at the University of Texas, Austin, found that students who wrote about their stressors and traumas took fewer pain relievers and visited the health center less frequently than those who wrote about trivial subjects or not at all. Similar studies have recorded physical improvement in conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, migraines, HIV, and cancer.

Expressive writing has also been found to lower stress and anxiety. A University of Chicago study found anxious test-takers received better grades on an important exam when they wrote about their feelings before the test, compared to their peers who did not write beforehand.

Writing, ideally for a specified time each day, is an easy, low-cost technique to ease stress and improve health.  To find the time and motivation to write daily, consider these tips from author and writing coach Sam Horn:

·      Create a personal ritual. Sit down to write for a few minutes each day, at the same place each time, and it will eventually become a habit.

·      Select a journal that feels right in your hands and that you enjoy handwriting in. If you don’t already have one, go to your local bookstore or online and find one that appeals to you.

·      If you don’t know where to begin, search the internet for lists of creative writing prompts, or begin asking yourself engaging questions; e.g. What was something good that happened yesterday? What am I afraid of? What do I really want to say?

·      Write whatever comes to mind. Let your thoughts flow onto the paper. The faster your pen moves the truer your thoughts tend to be, because you are not censoring them.

Write out your thoughts daily while they are fresh and top of mind, and you’ll soon find yourself looking forward to this physically, mentally and spiritually nourishing ritual.

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