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The Secret Ingredients For Living Your Passion Every Day

I’m not getting much sleep at the moment.

I’m up until midnight most nights, even beyond, and sometimes I wake up at 4am in the morning with my mind buzzing and energized.

I’m also the busiest I have even been in my life.

Tired? Exhausted? Stressed? Anxious?

None of the above.

I’m excited!

I can’t help but jump from my bed when I wake in the middle of the night and get to my computer and press the ‘on’ button. I sit there waiting eagerly in the darkness for the bright white glow of the screen to light up my face.

I’m passionate. Perhaps too passionate! So passionate I’m compromising my sleep, but I know that I’ll be able to get some sleep later.

I’m passionate about creating a life that is exciting, fun and lets me reach my full potential. I’m also passionate about helping others have the same. The good thing is I get to live and breathe my passion on a daily basis. It’s only something that I have fully experienced over the past few months, but it is amazing to see the benefits of being able to live out your passion on a daily basis – more energy, more motivation, awesome feeling, higher performance and you get more done.

However, the hard part is, how do you actually live and breathe your passion daily? Here are the 3 secret ingredients for being able to live your passion every day.

Create the Habit

One of the strangest things is that most people don’t actually pursue their passions daily, or even regularly! The primary reason behind this is ‘lack of time’ due to most people having full-time jobs in an occupation that doesn’t fulfill them.

First things first you need to pursue your passion daily. Research suggests that it takes at least 21 days for a habit to be created. Start small and pursue your passion for at least 5 minutes every day.

As you start to live your passion out daily, increase the amount of time that you are giving to it. This shouldn’t be too hard, as you should be having a darn fun time doing what you love! Over time, you will find that it’s not actually hard to pursue your passion without taking up too much time. However, to create a living out of it, you need to put some structure behind it. This brings me to my next point.

Create a Plan

If you want to take your passion seriously and turn it into a full-time career, you need to take another critical step. How are you going to create a career around your passion without compromising other areas of your life (such as income or relationships)? I would love to be able to tell you that creating a career out of your passion is as easy as quitting your day job and the following day starting to do what you love. However, in reality it’s actually not that simple.

You need to create a clear, actionable plan that takes time to ensure you do not compromise on other important areas in your life.

Be patient.

If you are serious about transforming your life to have it surround your passion, you need to be patient. It may not be able to happen overnight. It may take a year of hard work, perhaps a couple, or it may even take 5 or 10 years. It all depends on what you are willing to sacrifice and how much you want to integrate your passion into your everyday life.

Work through your plan, stick to your goals and ensure you can start living your passion daily without compromising on other areas such as income or relationships.

Let Your Passion Guide You

When you experience the feelings of passion, let it guide you in your decision-making.

Often people would wake up in the middle of the night and spend 2 to 3 hours trying to get back to sleep. If you wake up at 4am in the morning with your mind buzzing full of ideas, run with it! Don’t just lie in bed trying to get back to sleep. Take action and let your passionate feelings flow.

When you’re feeling the buzz, that is the perfect time to take action. Kind of like me writing this article right now. I’m running with it… I’m running with my thoughts and I’m feeling the buzz.

A rule I live by is to never give up an opportunity to live out your passion. If an opportunity presents itself and you have your body or mind telling you that you should or want to be doing something, go with the flow. Let it be your guide.


Brendan Baker is an entrepreneur, socialite and starter of happiness. He runs Australia’s largest social network for individuals in their 20’s and has created The Start of Happiness, a movement dedicated to helping individuals find absolute happiness, reach peak performance and achieve ultimate success in life. You can visit Brendan and The Start of Happiness at www.startofhappiness.com

  • http://www.playyourday.com/ Play Your Day

    If there is anything that i Would LOVE about this post is that I actuall feel Brendan’s passion out of it. It’s incredible how much energy might passion brings. How much sleep do you get weekly at all ?

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback. I still get my regular 8 hours sleep a night. It’s not every night I wake up at 4am and get to work, although this has increased a lot in the last few months :)

  • http://www.acalltoaction.net/ Trevor Wilson

    You are right. It’s so important to have passion in what we do. Passion gives us direction. It allows us to start each day with hope and enthusiasm.

    Unfortunately, the idea of earning a living through the pusuit of our passions is an ideal most of us view as reserved for the fortunate few — something we were never destined for.

    It’s a sad testament to the world we live in.

    You have the right idea in creating a plan to help us achieve a career we’re passionate about. Small steps on a consistent basis are required if we actually want to live the dream. Because without some sort of actionable plan, the dream just remains a fantasy.

    Cheers!

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Trev,

      Indeed. Living off your passion and building a career out of it is hard work. Some people have great fortune of being able to do so due to relationships or support structures of some sort, but for most of us, it takes clear planning and hard work.

      The good thing is, it is still our choice. It CAN be done :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.erickson.14 Dan Erickson

    This is all great advice.  I’m very passionate about writing, blogging, and songwriting and have created longstanding habits over the years.  You can learn more at http://www.danerickson.net  I’ve also learned to be patient as I know it takes time to make impact.  I do have two observations:

    1.  Sometimes we might become over-passionate which can lead to burn out.  We need to be careful to pace ourselves and balance our lives.

    2.  All the passion in the world does not make up for quality.  We need to spend time honing our crafts and learning from the best.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Dan, being over passionate shouldn’t lead to burnout as you should be energised to do what you love. Howver, I agree that it can potentially lead to ‘single-mindedness’ if you forget about other areas of your life. Balance is key.

      Completely agree around quality! Great point!

  • http://rhinowellnesscenter.com/ Chris Swenson

    Hey Brendan,

    Being struck with passion is incredible. When the wave of passion comes, I agree that you need to ride that wave!

    In our fast paced limited time world, passion seems to evaporate from many. I agree with cultivating habits that launch our passions as this can awaken a life that is fulled with joy.

    Being able to monetize our passions is truly a blessing! Then again, if it is a true passion we would probably do it without making the money. However, we do need to still feed our families.

    I greatly appreciated your post today as I am hoping that it can awaken people to look for that passion and begin to be more alive!

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Thanks, Chris!

      If you can monetise your passions then you’re set to be so much happier. As you mention, we all need to bring in income and put food on the table. If you can do this by doing something you love, then you have found the secret to living your passion!

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Thanks, Chris!

      If you can monetise your passions then you’re set to be so much happier. As you mention, we all need to bring in income and put food on the table. If you can do this by doing something you love, then you have found the secret to living your passion!

  • ScrewtheSystemJoe

    Read a great book called EXCUSE ME YOUR LIFE IS WAITING  that talks all about this and actually using your passion/energy to run your life. From personal experience I’ve got to say that the more I buzz, the better life gets.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Joe,

      I haven’t actually read that book but I’m keen to learn more. You’re right… feel the buzz!!

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Joe,

      I haven’t actually read that book but I’m keen to learn more. You’re right… feel the buzz!!

  • http://www.reintegrate.net/ Fredrik H @ Reintegrate

    Good post. One thing I would like to add is that if you choose to make your passion your career it certainly helps if you also have a passion for building a business. If not you may end up destroying your passion by turning it into a must do job.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Fredrick,

      Not necessarily. You can live your passion by being ‘employed’. Perhaps people have a passion for helping others and love being employed by a charity. In addition, if you hate what goes with running a business, it will ruin your passion.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Fredrick,

      Not necessarily. You can live your passion by being ‘employed’. Perhaps people have a passion for helping others and love being employed by a charity. In addition, if you hate what goes with running a business, it will ruin your passion.

  • DarrenHodgson

    Passion is very improtant in life, I worked in various jobs for 18 years for the same company and never really had any passion for my work, in each role I either hated it of wasn’t that bothered.

    Then I found a job that I loved and it showed in my work, on many occasions people commented on the passion I had for my work and I was well respected for it. For the first time ever I loved going to work, this permeated into my home life. I generally enjoyed life more than ever before, this inspired me to take up astronomy so now I have work and a hobby that I’m passionate about which makes me happier and as a result this makes my family happier because my happiness in infectous.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Darren, I love your story!

      This is such a perfect example of the difference it makes in your life when you find your passion and start living it.

      I’m so happy for you! This is such a great example for every one else reading this.

      Keep it up!

      • http://livezestfully.com/ Darren Hodgson

        As Anthony Robbins always says,

        Live With Passion

        I never really know what this meant until I found mine. Now as Brendan says, if you’re reading this go out and find your own passion.

  • http://goalsetting-workshop.com/blog/ Jorge Blanco

    These are all excellent advice, Brendan. One thing about letting passion guide you is that you should know when to cross the line between sleep and letting your mind buzz with excitement. There is a proper time for rest and it should be at night. Hence, try to turn off your mind full of ideas and energy at night, and turn it on again in the morning when it’s most appropriate. Take note, you won’t be able to do much for your passion if you’re not in tiptop condition.

    • http://twitter.com/Start_Happiness Brendan Baker

      Hi Jorge, completely agree! However I also find that when the mind is buzzing when you wake up in the night, get to work! Often this is the best time to get things done. This ofcourse can lead to sleep-deprivation if it’s an ongoing thing, however normally after one night (maybe two) of getting up and being productive, you’re so tired that you sleep like a baby the following night.

      • Fayaz Pasha

        Hi Brendan,

        What an inspiring post.  Very true that passion is the road map for a person’s growth.  However, knowing what’s a person’s passion has been a big hurdle for many.

        I too have lost sleep for a couple of nights as I’m quite eager to host my blog very soon.  Hope will be able to sleep well later.