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  Jane Miller
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Articles -- Do what you love

 

First of all, I would like to invite you to view an inspirational talk by the late Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar.

At his Stanford University commencement speech, he urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks — including death itself.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html

Admittedly, there is no guarantee of riches in pursuing your passion, but the reward of doing what you love is something far more satisfying than wealth. And if you think you can’t earn a living doing what you love, allow me to take you on a flight of imagination…

What is it that you LOVE to do? What energizes and inspires you? Is it painting, writing, building, exploring, being with people, playing a sport…? What cause or group of people do you deeply care about? What do you value above all else?

So many of us have buried our passion. We think we are “comfortable”, but we are only half alive. There is no fire in our eyes, no passion in our heart, no real joy – and no sense of purpose or fulfillment in our lives.

The first step is to allow yourself to dream. Think about what you love to do. What can you get lost in. What did you love to do as a child? In your mind and heart, declare that this is who you are. (“I AM a writer, designer, technical expert”... whatever you would love to be).

Then imagine doing this for a living. Don’t be afraid of all the objections that come up. Listen to those objections, and slowly, methodically find ways to address each of them, and move step-by-step closer to your dream. Trust that your ideal future already exists. All you have to do is continue.

I have changed careers many times, motivated only by my desire for a meaningful and fulfilling life. And I’ve always found a way to earn a living doing what I love, so I know it’s possible. Every career change has required time and effort during the transition, but the journey itself was (and is) a reward in itself!

Exercise
The FREE e-book on my website (www.JaneMillerLifeCoach.com) provides detailed steps, but here is a brief overview of the process:

  1. Write down a detailed description of your most inspired career.

  2. Dream BIG - you may even invent a career that doesn’t exist yet.
    My e-book offers exercises to help you discover your passion.
    State who you will BE in that career and state it in the present tense… “I am a …”
    Feel your energy level as you make that statement.
  3. Write down all the objections and risks.
  4. Find creative ways to address each objection and risk.
  5. Design a step-by-step plan to move towards your dream.
  6. Identify yourself as that person – “I am a …”. This will be your declaration to the world and (most importantly) to yourself that you are committed to your vision.
  7. Find creative ways to stay on track, like posting inspirational quotes on your bulletin board, building rewards into your plan, getting a friend to be your ‘accountability partner’ or enlisting a coach or mentor to support you when needed.


 
 
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