I am all for living a life of fulfilling my passion and some are against it in the name of practicality. I guess it truly depends on how you see your world. In this blog, I would like to share how I view my world which allows me to be steadfast in what I am passionate about. I love being a mother and I love being an inspiration for others! From day one, more than 10 years ago, when I first got in touch with what matters to me, my life took a turn and my decisions were made around my passion and those decisions looked like finding a career that would fit my passion for being an inspiration for others and being available for my children and also leaving people that would not value add to my passion. It sounds like a selfish pursuit and yet, I do not regret my decisions to leave behind friends who spent time gossiping about others, saying no to people that have been manipulating me to say yes to their interest and leaving organisations that did not align with my values in life. These are huge moves and they came with consequences such as the risk of financial instability, having no friends and comfort.
Change can be uncomfortable and being stagnant is just as uncomfortable too for the long term. What do I mean by this? Can you imagine being in the same circle of people you do not enjoy being with and allowing your situation to affect your happiness and wellbeing, being a people pleaser at the expense of your values, being ordinary in your self-expression and trying to hold on to the comfort despite the ever-changing situation you will have in life? Change is scary for most people and I can totally understand that and yet, it is madness to repeat the things you don’t find meaningful and this is the reason why many of us give up on our passion when adversity came our way.
Read on to know how you can stop giving up on yourself and your passion.
Engage your passion on the side first to get the momentum going
Sometimes we are encouraged to go all in and not one foot in or one foot out. If you have yet to have mastery over your thoughts and emotions, I suggest taking baby steps while setting a target as to when you want to take on the next step. You know yourself better than anyone and you know your situation best, do what works for you. Ignore the hustle culture, they all started by taking the first step forward and those who rushed into doing things without giving it much thought typically wouldn’t last because when the going gets tough they give up and it is because they didn’t master the basics, I am only grounded about the fact that self-mastery is not something that you want to rush, practice the basics and repeat before going on to the next level, set your own target and stick to it. Society, especially the working environment likes to rush things through and they are profit-driven sometimes we tend to carry this habit into our routines too including self-mastery.
Focus on your strengths
Sometimes we feel that we are not good enough to do anything for ourselves and we fail to acknowledge all the accomplishments we’ve had. Although accomplishments were yesterday’s news, focusing on them would fuel your passion and motivation. It is harmless to bask in past glories as long as you are using them to fuel you in the present moment because our body can remember what it felt like to accomplish results in life, we want to signal to our body that we are on a mission to accomplish new results and your body needs to be in a state of excitement and energy to get you to be in action. I am always grateful for my past accomplishments even as a child and memories of these accomplishments have been my fuel until today.
Share with others about your passion
Don’t keep it to yourself, share it. There is power in sharing what you are passionate about and the best way to do this is to find an interest group that has people talking and sharing about the same passion as yours. Be actively sharing because it is through sharing, you will receive feedback, suggestions and ideas that you probably didn’t think of. You can also share them with family and friends to garner their support for your passion. Practice sharing with someone you are comfortable sharing it with first and be natural in sharing your passion because yes, sharing takes practice. I share through social media, dedicated networks of coaches, entrepreneurs and parents as well as with my husband, siblings and my children. Sharing brings my passion to life and it is through sharing I am now running a coaching and wellness business! It is also through sharing that I set boundaries and people will know how they can engage me and when they need to mind their business especially if our missions are not aligned. This gives me peace to be able to pave my life for my passion.
These are the three main strategies that I’ve adopted to pursue my passion to be an inspiration for others and to be a happy mom to my children. I have reaped results and I am continuing to reap the results of being consistent with these strategies. Which one do you want to try on? Feel free to book a discovery call and share your passion with me, I promise I won’t laugh and I will empower you by lending my listening ear.