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 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.
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