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Well to start out you’re asking the wrong question. The real question you should ask yourself is why? I just tricked you a little (ha ha) the only way to get on the path to the work you love is to answer the question WHY. So to explain what I mean I just want to give you a few quick thoughts:
1. When you focus on the “how” and the “what” you’ll get discouraged and give up
If you have kids, have they ever asked you to build a tree house? They’re super excited and so you think about it and say “yeah, shouldn’t be too hard, I’ll put it up”. What happens the day before you’re supposed to do it? Yeah, we all know what happens, you think about how you logistically have to do things. Then you think of what all the different things involved are and you get overwhelmed and 2 years later, your kids still have no tree house! When you figure out what your dream work situation would be, you can’t focus on how to get there or what it will take. When you think of those things you’ll easily get frustrated and give yourself every excuse under the sun to not move towards that path. Look at the example of the tree house, if you would focus on the why: how much fun and memories your kids will have with the tree house, then you’ll work that much harder and you won’t focus on all the little details. You’ll see the bigger picture and that will push you to get it done. When you figure out your true calling look at why you need to get on that path immediately!
2. When you focus on the “why” it gives you the right motivation
Here is an excerpt from my book to explain this point: “I know in the past I’ve read books that inspired me and I’ve been ready to take the world by storm, but it only lasted a week to a few days. It’s real easy to get excited about something, to know it’s really the direction you should be going in, and then you start thinking about everything that it would take to get that idea to happen and get completely overwhelmed and give up.
For me personally, I’ve had many different times when I was convinced about what I should be doing in life and was all pumped. I did the research about that certain idea, and things started to look completely impossible—I gave up!” Is this where you’re at? Have you ever done this? If I had focused on why I needed to be on this path then I would have the right motivation. Do you have the right motivation to move on to work you love?
3. So why should you do work that you love?
I can’t answer this question for you. You and only you can, no one else can tell you why! I can tell you my “why”:
These are MY reasons for wanting to leave and move on to the work I love (writing) and trust me there are many more. As a matter of fact I wrote a whole book about it! Look long and hard at your situation, what is your work doing for your life? Do you know it’s time to move on? Do you have an idea of what you should be doing? Then start focusing on why you need to do that and you’ll be on that path in no time!
I talk about all this in my book, so if you haven’t already bought it yet, please buy it and get an in-depth look at our work and how it affects our lives (plus you'll get some great motivation)! It’s time for us as a people to start the “I’m not settling for any work” movement, will you join me? Also, while you're visiting the site, don't for get to sign up for the newsletter. It will contain help tools and future discounts!
Let me know what your “why” is, you can leave a comment below: