Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pursuit

Let's discuss pursuit. I hope you'll get comfy with me as we dig into this one. Because I think I have a lot to get off my chest. After my last post about guilt, I've spent a week doing things a little differently, and I'm so thankful. So here we go.

Lately, I've been making plans.

That shouldn't shock anyone. I make a lot of plans, you guys. And sometimes I follow through. Sometimes life happens and gets in the way and my plans don't go according to, well, plan. As of right now, a lot of my plans have been falling into place, and I'll attribute that to one pretty simple thing. I'll get to that later, but for now, I have a question for you.

Do you pursue what you're passionate about?


Maybe there's a simple answer to that. Maybe you're like, "Yes, Mickey! I do! I am. And I love it." Or maybe you're thinking, "Um, no, actually. I wish I were, but I'm not yet." But you could possibly be that person in the middle who's utterly confused by the question.

If you're that person who's wondering what the hell they're passionate about, you're not alone.

Most of the time, I'm pretty sure what I'm passionate about. I want to help people. That's on a broad sense. In a narrower scope, I want to guide people toward gentle positivity, miraculous kindness, and boundless productivity. I think the universe needs more people focused on what makes them happy while helping the world instead of people who go through to motions to put food on the table.

I get it though. We need to put food on the table. Many of us have families and people who count on us to do just that. To make sure they're safe, fed, comfortable, clothed, and healthy. So it may feel like we can't take that risk and pursue what makes us happy. But, to me, it's riskier to stay comfortable than it is to go after what lights your soul on fire. 

The more risks we take, the more we'll succeed. So what risks are you taking today?

If we take those risks and pursue our passions, we become happier people. The happier we are, the happier we help make the world. We become exactly what we want the people we're responsible for to become. And we set a positive example for those people too.

So, if you don't know what you're passionate about, how can you pursue it? Well, you're going to have to dig a little. And I'm a big advocate for digging a little. (Or a lot.) So let's dig!

What puts a smile on your face? What activities do you love doing? What do you do that helps make the world a better place? What are your strengths, and what kind of gifts can you share with the world? If you don't know the answers to these, ask someone close to you. They may have been observant and can help you see through the fog we can live in when it comes to ourselves.

But find that thing you love. Then go after it.


Why? Because it can mean the difference between an okay life and a life you're in love with. Because you love something that can give back to the universe, and what better gift can you give to your fellow earthlings than making the world a better place to live? Find out how to get paid to do what you love so you can thoroughly enjoy your life and experience beautiful, great things.

Make a plan and then make it happen, yo. 

I mentioned above that I'm doing this. I'm making plans and I'm making things happen. I'm working on things I love to work on, enjoying the process of working on them, and building a life I'm thoroughly in love with. It takes work every day, but when you love the work, it's hardly work. When you're sharing beauty and positivity with the world, it feels GOOD. Not like a job at all. It's a privilege, and it should be treated as such.

So how am I making my plans happen? How am I getting things done and loving my life? I'm using something I've resisted for way too effing long since I started migrating away from editing and submerging myself in writing my own work.

Discipline.

If you wanted a magic pill, this isn't the place. Sorry. I've been searching for it too, but it all comes down to just getting your shit done. You have to take care of yourself, and that means protecting your time and making things happen for yourself. That won't get done by magic or wishing hard enough. I believe in the power of manifestation like so many of you probably do, but you can't wish a book to be written on its own. You can't wish you had enough clients without taking any steps to book them. You can't get things done without action. And action toward building your business or writing your book or booking more clients will require discipline if you have goals.

And we should all have goals, you guys. If you're pursuing your passion, you should have a goal in mind. You'll get there if you work at it, but it won't take nearly as long if you're disciplined with your time and the actions you take.

I resisted for a LONG time. I was that free spirit who'd get things done when she got them done. But I also had BIG goals and kept coming up with new book ideas, new projects, and more work to be done. Things were getting done, but often at the last minute. Often at the expense of my sanity. And often on the weekend or after Husband had come home from work, so I was eating into family and friend time.

Something had to change. In a big way.

In came discipline.


A friend told me about a site called Focusmate. It sounds nuts, but it's a website where you make an account and then book "work meetings" with strangers around the planet who also want to pursuit their passions and/or get things done in their lives. They're business owners, entrepreneurs, students, musicians, busy parents, authors, employees, and other productive people who match with you to cheer you own, be accountable with you, and get work done.

Knowing that I have a meeting and someone else is counting on me to show up is powerful as hell. I know I need to be in my seat at a certain time for 50 minutes because someone on the other side of the computer needs me to be there for them. And they show up (most of the time) because they want to be the partner they'd like to have too. You chat for a sec, let them know what you're working on, and then get to work. When the 50 minutes is up, you summarize what you accomplished, get excited for each other, and get on with your day.

Accountability is so powerful, and it drives discipline.

I think I'll talk about resistance next week, because I was resisting discipline for so long. I wanted to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, but I was really stealing from my joy. I was pressured to get things done last minute because I wouldn't focus on them when I should. I was putzing around social media and wasting time for some instant gratification. I wasn't making as much headway in my business ventures and writing projects as I could have been because I wasn't taking advantage of the time I had available.

Now? I'm doing what I need to do when I need to do it (like writing this blog more regularly because I make sure one of my Focusmate sessions is set aside for this). I'm accomplishing what used to take me 14 hours at the computer all day as I wasted time and hoped it'd get done all in 5-6 hours now. Most importantly, I have time at the end of the workday to close my computer and step away from it. I can spend time with Husband at night, and I am making more time to take care of myself in the mornings too. By being more disciplined with my time, I have WAY more free time than I used to.

Imagine that. 

So don't discount discipline. Don't put off your pursuits and your passions because you don't think you have time or don't think you should. If it's nagging at you, that's happening for a reason. So listen. Be happy. Stay positive and confident. Pursue your passions and what sets your soul on fire for more. Those things are worth it, and the world would love to revel in your gifts.

Vibe high, friends.


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