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Are You Doing What You Love?

July 27, 2010

There are millions of people every day who are miserable in their job, where they live, or with the situation they are in.

It’s easy to feel like it’s hopeless or you’re in that situation because you can’t control it. But why? Why do we feel that way? Why do we feel we should sacrifice our time, freedom, and happiness for the security of a steady paycheck or to meet the expectations of others?

Some of the best advice ever written was this: Do what you love – the money will follow.

And while doing what you absolutely love may not pay the bills exactly, it will help you feel better about life.

Our relationships are constantly affected by the things we do each and every single day. If you have a job that you hate, you most likely come home from work feeling like you don’t want to even talk to your partner, and that you need to just zone out in front of the TV to relax for awhile. Maybe stress from work makes you feel overly tired or quick to get upset – resulting in arguments that should have never happened in the first place.

When you love what you do however, there are some amazing differences. You may come home excited to tell your partner about what happened that day. You may be more productive at work. You wake up in the morning looking forward to all the world has to offer you.

Obviously, none of us can go through life without money or some type of work – but is there a rule saying you can’t have a job you love? Or live in a place you love? Or spend all of your free time doing things you love? Nope.

If you’re not doing what you love, here are some things to do to help get you started in the right direction:

Identify the Things You Like to Do: What are the things you enjoy the most? For some it is a creative outlet, such as writing or painting. For others it might be helping others. Some may love being with animals, others might enjoy mountain climbing or scuba diving. There are thousands of things to do and hobbies to pick from. Start off by making a list of 10 things you would do all the time if money was no object.

Identify What is Holding You Back: For many people it will be things like time or money. For others it may be a fear of failure or worrying about the approval of others. It’s okay to have obstacles – you just need to know what they are so you can work your way around them.

Brainstorm: Are there jobs available in the activities you enjoy the most? If you love scuba diving for example, you could consider becoming a scuba diver instructor. Love animals? Maybe you’re best suited to become a veterinarian, zoologist, or someone who works in preserving natural wildlife habitats.

Research: Chances are if you search online for “make money doing xyz” you’ll find something out there that will give you some ideas. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who is doing what they love how they did it and what steps they took to get started.

Make a Plan: It’s a lot easier to have a map when you get lost – and so having a plan is also a good idea. Maybe your plan would include researching jobs available, going back to school, or starting a savings fund to help you get on the right track.

You don’t have to be stuck going through life doing the things you don’t love to do. When you know what you want, and start planning to be able to do it, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make in your life and relationships!

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