Monday, December 12, 2011

Live Your Passion and the Money will Follow

When you get towards the end of your life, it is important to be able to look back and know you did everything you wanted to do and you have no regrets. Success in life can be measured in any way, not necessarily just the amount of money you have made. However, if you can live your passion, and work towards something you are extremely passionate about, it is most likely that you will make money (despite yourself!). 

Here are some things you need to know and do in order to be successful and live out your passion: 

Belief - The most important thing is to believe that you will be successful. Relax and believe in your success. Visualise yourself on television one day talking about your passion and how you turned it into a reality. Believe and feel empowered as you think about your endeavour and how you are going to be successful. As well as believing in yourself, you must believe in what you are doing and the impact it will make on the world (or at the very least, the positive impact it will have on your clients or customers). 

Attitude - You need to maintain a complete positive attitude. Be positive at all times. Don't let the little things get you down or upset you. Realise that every obstacle now is a learning experience. Have a positive attitude and outlook on everything you do with your business and your passion - the Law of Attraction will come into play and you will find that things will begin to work in your favour more often than they ever have before. 

Passion from the inside - If you truly love what you are doing then everything will come naturally for you. You will take pride in your work and if you design clay pots then you won't send a cracked pot out to a customer because you will be passionate about the quality. This is because you will own it and your name will be on it. You will be proud of everything you do. 

Model the Experts - Choose at least five experts in the field you have chosen and model them. Learn everything you can about how they became successful. This means you should know their entire autobiography 

Make a Start - If you are in a situation where you cannot make your passion a reality today, then take your idea and make it better by chiselling away at the details. Lay out the plan for your project or business endeavour, consider every detail and improve on it where you can. When you are in a waiting period there are still plenty of things for you to do. Don't procrastinate or look at a waiting period as a sign you shouldn't get started. 

Take Action - Taking action is the most important thing to avoid procrastination. You are working toward your dream. Let nothing is going to get in your way or slow you down. Put a sign up that says "action" to remind yourself you are working toward your passion by constant action. If you have others on your team, make sure they are action oriented - it can be frustrating when you want to get things done and others are holding you back. Also build momentum by acting on the ideas you have. Don't sit around waiting for something to happen or come to you. 

Always reward action - Never let action and goal setting go without rewards. You want to reward everyone helping you and yourself. This doesn't mean you need to spend money you don't have. You can reward someone by letting them know you appreciate what they are doing for you. Acknowledgement of hard work is sometimes enough when people know you really appreciate it. 

Continuous Improvement - Accept that when you start, you will not be putting out your best every single time. You need to find ways to continuously improve processes that are slowing you down, causing poor quality, or frustrating you. There will most likely be a certain amount of trial and error. Productivity, processes and quality will continue to improve as time goes by and you begin to find ways to make things better. 

Maintain Your Enthusiasm - It's important to keep the fires burning. Going back to your old habits could leave you feeling restless and unmotivated. Take a break or a vacation if you need to, but if your passion is genuine you should be able to recover from any slumps and get back into it! 

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