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but ultimately the reward you will get is MORE than worth it. I guarantee it. I’m not going to lie. .Discover Your Passion – Day One: Four Common Fears Exposed While this day is not intended to solve your problems. You choose your reality. If you follow your passion. In fact. The world isn’t feeling well right now. This journey can be scary. It’s not up to you to change the world. women and in some cases children out there waiting for you to share your story and experiences. follow your excitement and start the change from within yourself. Do you want to go back to living your life and wondering if you could have followed your passion OR do you want to realize your true potential and live life to the fullest? I’m going to assume you’re like me and like the sound of the latter. It’s easy to try and push away and avoid your fears. Nothing awesome happens by itself. The Benefits of Finding Your Passion Do you want to be fulfilled? Do you want to be truly happy? Do you want to feel like you’re contributing something to the world? By finding your passion you’re not only helping yourself. It’s up to you to change yourself. but this isn’t a long-term solution. It is up to you to make this work. which is exactly why you need to step up. but set those aside for now and focus on finding and following your passion. so you are aware of what is going on and what your blocks may be. you will affect other people. The solution is to be aware of your fears and allow them to be there. I’m sure you have a lot of questions right now. You are the one responsible for how you feel. but others as well. it is intended to shine a light on them. it has a rubber-band effect that will come back and bite you. and enjoy life. the harder they will bounce back. The further away you push your fears. There are men.
Fear of the Unknown Will it all work out? Will you be happy if you follow your passion? Will you be able to make a living? Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest obstacles and one of the main reasons why people stay put. fear really isn’t that bad once you get to know it. They are stressed out and constantly worried. 2. making excuses and cursing everyone involved. take it easy”. You choose your reaction. but it’s all a part of the game. We all want security and guarantees. They are illusions. but in reality they do not exist. Look at fear as a friend that’s there to help you. Sure. Sometimes they are intense and sometimes they are mild. a lot. Do you really want security and predictability? When you think about it you’ll notice that having some mystery in your life is what makes things interesting. or will you? Sometimes it’s wise to doubt your doubts. sometimes you may run into some bad experiences. but my fear is almost always pointing at something that needs my attention. If you want to grow as a human being. you’re doing something new. To be honest. The reason so many give up and settle for the 9-to-5 is because they aren’t willing to face their fears. 1. Fear of Failure What if you “pick” the wrong passion? What if you spend all this time for nothing? You just aren’t up for this. You can see this in people who constantly try to control their surroundings and plan everything to the smallest detail. . Fear doesn’t necessarily have to control you. Have you ever thought about why two people can experience the same thing – like a car crash – but come out of it with completely different experiences and emotions? One person may be miserable. Our mind is not made to know how things will happen. you will run into fear. Being aware of what they are will help you deal with them. At that time I usually take a deep breath and look at what my body. You’ll never reach your dreams and live a happy life. mind or soul is trying to tell me. I go through cycles of fear all the time. It’s what makes life fun. I may be writing an article and suddenly get struck by writer’s block and feel fearful. there are a few common fears you may bump into.With all that said. while someone else may be thankful for being alive and in general focusing on the positive things in life. Am I afraid of what others think? Is my fear really necessary for my progress or is it just an old program from my childhood? Fear of the unknown is just a signal from your body telling you that “hey.
Giving up wasn’t an option.” Sometimes it’ll be a memory from my childhood reminding me that I’m unsafe and that I shouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. Loss of Security Loss of security is one of my biggest fears. you’ll often feel relief. This goes hand in hand with fear of the unknown. but as something that you can learn from. I was afraid of failure. Everyone keeps telling you that you’re not supposed to follow your passion. But I have to remind myself that I am not a child anymore. which manifests as fear of failure. As I kept going and taking action despite of my confusion. but I would like to try something new.V and society in general. Even the universe conspires to help you succeed. You have to work hard and really want it. When you can be okay with failure. You’ve been programmed by your parents. Ever since you were born you have been told not to try. Not having money and not being able to support yourself and those around you is scary as hell.We always fear the worst. you never learn. I’m not saying things will magically fall into place. 3. . Working at a job you hate might not feel so bad when you think about the fact that it pays the bills. and I have a hunch it’s pretty high up on your list too. Something interesting happens when you eliminate the option of giving up. I knew I wanted to follow my passion. But this security is ultimately an illusion. When the fear arises. It seems counter-intuitive. I certainly would consider myself a master at it. you can dramatically reduce or even eliminate the fearfactor. You wanna know my secret for being okay with this fear? I take small steps. I say “okay fear. By redefining failure not as something that hurts you. You’re committed and suddenly everyone wants to help you. T. If you never fail. it’s like you jump from an old 1985 Volvo into a space ship. Your probability of success sky-rockets and you start heading for your goals at lightning speed. You’re supposed to get a job and be happy with what you’ve got. They can always be overcome. but I’ve discovered that by allowing the feeling to just be in my body helps tremendously. everything eventually worked itself out. Circumstances have changed. Some people are better at this than others. When I started the Wake Up Cloud. friends. I see you and I hear what you’re saying. Do you want to live a life of security or do you want to live a life that fulfills you and helps others? That is the question you ultimately have you ask yourself. but when you stop trying to resist the emotion and embrace it. I had no idea what I was doing. There will always be challenges on your path.
but give it time. I started small to minimize the risk while I learned. although it certainly can and has for some. It’s the fear of the unknown kicking in for the people around you. so if you got hurt by a cat at the age of 7. That way you work with your fears and let them know that you respect them. . you will attract new people that are a better match for you. It’s good at generalizing. If you succeed at making your passion a reality. Look at it like this. You see. at which point people started supporting and believing me. 4. Just shedding some light on the darkness will start the snowball rolling. What will your friends say? How will your family react to your nonsense? Will the people you love support you? When I started playing online poker at the tender age of 18. When you’ve worked hard and started gaining momentum. but I like to be practical. you will get closer. It won’t happen overnight. but it can get you in trouble. why would you want to be friends with them? It works as a filter. The reason you often face resistance when doing something new is because it’s uncomfortable. I knew what I was doing. After a while I had built up a significant amount of money. You don’t have to quit your job. Most people don’t like that. If you’re currently working a job you’re not in love with. Sometimes you have to go at it alone just to show people that it’s possible. Know that you’re heading towards making your passion a reality and trust that it will happen. We all have this fear and overcoming it doesn’t happen overnight. People say this to avoid taking responsibility for their own lives. you can start taking small steps towards building a business around your passion.The human brain is smart. Don’t worry. you can be sure that I faced a lot of resistance from friends and family. especially if you decide to start growing spiritually and follow your purpose in life. but with each step. It’s up to us to lead and show that life can be awesome. Fear of What Others Think Fear of what others think also lives by another name: fear of rejection. This may feel overwhelming right now. Can you see how big that is and why it would cause resistance? Friends come and go. I’d recommend you stay at your job as long as possible while building up a profitable business. You see how this works? The same is true for what you believe can and cannot be done. most people have the same limiting beliefs that you and I once had. you’ll start to hear that you’re lucky. In fact. I’m well aware of how many people are telling you to quit your job. You don’t have to quit your job and make everything happen overnight. or talented. that means they have to get started too. you may think cats are bad and dangerous. if people don’t like you for who you truly are.
The Elimination Method The elimination method is something I use when I have trouble deciding on what action to take. I’ve been chasing money for so long. so I didn’t do anything and just went on living my life and accepting mediocrity. I know this sounds vague. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself: What makes you lose track of time? What would you do for free? What do you do in your spare time? What would you do if you couldn’t fail? For example. We like to make things complex. The real secret to finding your passion isn’t about identifying some huge goal or undertaking. you have to trust yourself and your inner guidance. Now that I’ve finally realized that life is about helping and sharing. If you really want to live your life to the fullest. Your next step is to identify what you feel ridiculously excited about. Just to keep it simple. but it doesn’t work. let’s pick three things: . It is about following your excitement and doing what makes you happy. but it really is that simple. This is what has been missing in my life.Discover Your Passion – Day Two: How to Find Your Passion and Love Life! For the longest time I was confused about how to find my passion. You basically brainstorm a list of topics and then start comparing them to each other until you only have one left. I have truly begun to understand what passion means for me. I am extremely passionate about helping people unleash their true potential and increase their freedom. Its effectiveness lies in its simplicity.
because it doesn’t really matter. for example. What If? What if you pick the wrong passion? What if things don’t work out? These are natural fears we all have. keep it fun and playful. Gardening Cats Tea Take one – it doesn’t matter which one – and start comparing it to the others. because that is what it should be! Making a decision and sticking to it relentlessly leads to resentment and hate. Pick something. Take small steps and try the tips I’ve given here on your spare time. See it as a game and something fun. It doesn’t work and it wasn’t until I realized that I had to start trying different things that I found what I truly cared about. If it wasn’t right. For example. I was guilty of this too. you’ll realize it and your excitement will fade. but realize that it doesn’t matter if you pick something that isn’t your absolute highest passion. Remember. Sometimes you have two or three things that excite you and they’re all equally exciting. This may seem like a lot of going back and forth. At this point you can discard gardening and start using cats. just get started! Write down all of the subjects you’re interested in and run through this process and see what comes out on top. you do not have to give up everything to follow your passion. If they all are equally easy. Why? Because you learn as much from picking the “wrong” thing as you do from picking the right one. try it out and see how it feels. . In that case you should just go ahead and pick one that is the easiest for you to take action on. You’ve just found your passion and a good starting point. This was and is the method that I used to find my passion. Taking massive action will help you find your passion fast. you then compare it to cats and you find that you are more passionate about cats. Things don’t have to be perfect. Getting too serious will block you from moving forward. Your list then looks something like this: Cats Tea Gardening Now you compare cats to tea and find that you are more passionate about cats. but try it for a while and you’ll see that it works. At that time all you have to do is go to the thing that excites you right now. let’s say you pick gardening. then just pick one. Remember. one by one. The number one mistake most people make is trying to get everything perfect before taking action.
It isn’t a walk in the park. but how are you supposed to make money following your passion? We’ve been told all our lives that we can’t follow our dreams and make a living. Don’t worry about that. There are always opportunities if you’re ready to work hard. What About Money? I know you’re probably thinking that this all sounds great. There are several different ways you can monetize your blog or website. The reality is that you have to pick one to make it a reality.I bet you know a few people like this. Begin looking at the people who are already successful with what you want to do. I’ve written an article on the topic. You could even contact them and ask a few questions. but they kept at it because they were supposed to. They picked the wrong thing. Keep brainstorming and thinking about your passion. but it can definitely be done. you probably have many passions. and start taking action. so don’t worry about missing out on the rest if you pick one. Remember. Most people are so afraid of missing out that they never get started. . you could: Sell your own products Sell someone else’s products Sell advertising Freelance Coach Consult If you want a more detailed view of how you can make money following your passion. Look at how they are making money. For example. they knew it. but nothing happens until you make a decision. It’s complete bullshit. I’m living proof of that. You can make money following your passion. Pick one that you like. what they write about and everything else. You can always switch in the future. You can read it here.
Sit down right now and think about what you can do. Today your assignment is to do something that takes you one step closer to your passion. In that case. such as happiness. Let’s look at an example from my own life: once I realized I wanted to help light the spark in others. because most people are busy and they do not want to help you unless you’ve shown that you’re serious. The most important step is engaging in the community and letting people know you exist. fulfillment and love. The important thing is to keep looking until you find someone who has the time and is willing to help. they might not. but nothing really happens until you start taking action. Think about your ultimate goal. Finding mentors and people that can help you is not always easy. you have to start taking action towards your goal. I always look for someone who is already doing what I want to do. If you do this. joy. Finding a mentor has been tremendously helpful for me in becoming a successful poker player. . do it! How to Find a Mentor Getting in touch with someone who already knows how things work is huge and will speed up your progress tremendously. I know this may be scary. It certainly was scary for me the first time I started taking action. You may even know what to do right now.Discover Your Passion – Day Three: Taking Action and Realizing Your Dreams! It’s easy to read. you’ll feel all sorts of feelings. They might be able to help you. I then send them an e-mail and ask them a few questions. remember to be friendly and respect their time. Where would you like to be? What does your ideal life look like? When you can imagine that. All of those feelings will be stronger than the little speck of fear. So if you want to find someone that can help you. so I set out to find one that could help me with my new direction. I started thinking about how I could put my plan into action.
How to Leverage the Internet If you can’t find a mentor. as I alluded to above. Let’s say you’re into gardening and want to learn how to get better at it and turn it into a living. I’ve looked through a lot of different training programs. there are plenty of options out there that can help you get started. Sometimes when you start taking action everything just seems to fall into place. Staying with gardening . but taking steps in the right direction is what really counts. You could search for forums and communities that talk about gardening. Get active in the forum. You could even get a course to get started. I started sending personal messages to my favorite forum posters and asking if they wanted to chat on Skype or instant messenger. How I Did It When I first started learning poker back in 2004. books. Think about what you can do on your own to get some experience. trust your inner guidance and see where it leads. Once you start following your excitement. just follow your heart. Things do not have to be done in a conventional way. . don’t worry. already doing what you want to do. I’ve gotten many e-mails about what I recommend if you want to create a profitable blog. Life is an adventure that should be lived to its fullest. When you do this you’ll see that there is an amazing amount of opportunities just waiting for you. but the best. . courses or even consulting. Step out of the box for a second and get creative. You could also look for blogs and people already selling gardening products. and eBooks out there. Forums are usually filled with people just like you.A mentor does not have to be someone famous or incredibly awesome. it’ll be too fun to stop. Get in touch with these people and see if they’re interested in helping you. I started by reading books and hanging out in online forums. There are no rules you have to follow. and most affordable option that I’ve found is Become A Blogger. You might not be able to do this yet and I know I certainly can’t. . After I practiced on my own for a while and had a few hundred posts on the forum. show that you’re serious and befriend them. Another cheap way to get your feet wet is to join a forum. don’t worry. there are thousands of courses. so you have to learn the ropes and figure out who really knows their stuff. These are all just examples of what you can do. If you feel like you’re being drawn in a particular direction. but if it doesn’t. It just has to be someone one step ahead of you.
When I had my passion clear and knew what I wanted.I was scared at first. so I could avoid the most common mistakes. When I started my blog. . I started looking for someone who could teach me how to become a blogging superstar. I had a hard time finding people to connect with. because I thought everyone would turn me down. . and get right into taking the steps that would produce results. . but the large majority said yes and we then proceeded to talk poker strategy and progress through the ranks together. because everyone seemed to be so busy and successful. so I had to find something else. This never happened in the poker world. This is when I joined a blogging training program. Fast forward a few years .
Sometimes they take time and sometimes you aren’t noticing them.Discover Your Passion – Day Four: How to Know You’re On The Right Track Synchronicity When you’re following your passion you’ll start to experience synchronicity. Flow goes hand in hand with synchronicity. I told you about this yesterday. Don’t worry if you’re not seeing synchronicities right away. Once I started brainstorming my domain name. but these are things I have witnessed in my own life. I know this may sound like new-age woo woo stuff. the universe will support you by giving you the tools you need. When I first read about it. setting-up hosting and getting those things done. Flow As you start living your life more in line with your true purpose. Everything seems to be happening in remarkably good timing. As long as you’re feeling great following what you think is your passion. This usually happens when you’ve started taking action and showing that you’re serious. but when I started seeing it. you’ll notice that everything just seems to flow effortlessly and the universe is out to help you. Coincidences will start to happen more and more often. I wasn’t so sure. You’re in for a nice surprise when they do start. I had everything laid out in front of me. These coincidences are not a coincidence When you follow your passion. I was a believer. I had been procrastinating for the longest time because I did not know what to do. you’re on the right track. I just had to follow the program step-by-step. . You might not even be aware of them yet. right? It just so happens that this course was exactly what I needed and was the key to my success. I suddenly got an e-mail from Chris Garrett. A good example is when I started the Wake Up Cloud.
It’s easy to take feelings for granted and look at them as a nuisance. By finding your passion and following it. There are a lot of shoulds in our lives today. it really opens up a new world. you’ll feel bad. Some may decide on a “secure” conformist path set by their peers and parents out of fear and complacency. however. but inspiration comes when you start taking action. there is no doubt that you will be inspired in one way or another. which is exactly what a lot of people do. the better you feel the more you’re heading in the right direction and the worse you feel… well. you get my point . Excitement It can be hard to distinguish anxiety from excitement. you’re heading in the wrong direction. For some this may be what their passion and excitement guides them to. Of course. You cannot feel bad if you’re doing what you love. When you realize you can use them as signposts. For others it is a soul killing trap. which can make you think you SHOULD head in a direction when you really do not want to. but we’ll cover that in a minute. You will feel great when you’re heading in the right direction. If. but that’s just another way of saying that you aren’t following your passion yet. You may even be blocking inspiration because you do not really know how to use it. doesn’t it? Now I know many may object and say “I don’t know what I feel”. anxiety and fear can be mistaken for excitement. That’s the feeling I’m talking about.Inspiration Many people complain about not feeling inspired. Time just seems to fly when you’re doing something you love. There can be no inspiration without someone on the other end asking for it. Search your feelings and feel the force. Let your feelings be your guide. What is the point of getting information if you’re not going to apply it? I’ve noticed this in my own life and encourage you to try it out for yourself. What makes you buzz with excitement? What do you want to do right now? I am not talking about watching TV or eating pizza either and you now that! Use your feelings to guide you. . We are all here to share something. because you’re too busy enjoying yourself. Trust Your Feelings Your feelings are your friends when it comes to confirming that you’re on the right path. Think about how you feel doing something you don’t want to do. Anxiety and Fear vs.
you only have to trust that you will be where you need to be. Life is about living in joy. as much as possible and even if something seems weird or even unnecessary. you’ll see that it really works and takes you places you could have never imagined. just do it! When you start embodying this mindset. They are there to see if you’re really serious about following your excitement. There will always be challenges. you will be guided to where you need to go. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. You do not have to know everything that will happen.By following your true excitement. . Your dreams can come true and you can be happy. but they are there to keep the tire kickers out. when you need to be there. if you’re being guided towards it and it feels great.
don’t worry. With all that said. it can take a few days to melt in. Being afraid is normal. but ultimately does nothing. I am afraid all the time. Fear does not have to control you. You’re the one that has to walk through it. 3. it’s about working hard and being persistent. . Making things work is not about talent or getting lucky. I do not want this to be another one of those guides that is a pleasant read. Use it as feedback and learn from it. I want to help you break free from the chains of illusion and show you the door to passion land. but it can also happen instantly and resolve itself right now. I can only show you the door. The fear is always there to tell you something. There is no such thing as fearless. There are just different methods of dealing with your fear. The important thing right now is to get all of this information into practical steps that you can follow and apply. I had my own set of doubts when I got serious about following my passion.Discover Your Passion – Day Five: Your Passion Blueprint We’ve covered a lot of ground and it’s time to wrap everything up in a nice little ball that you can get a handle on. None of this really matters if you cannot apply it into your own life. You can set those aside for now. you just never know what will happen. it’s okay. if you really need them. Write down your biggest fears and how you think or feel that they are stopping you. 2. I’m sure you have a lot of questions. By being aware of the patterns you can acknowledge them. nudging you to be careful or taking a step back and looking at something from a different perspective. You also have to take responsibility for making this work. but you do not have to be a slave to them. but I keep my focus on my purpose. everyone is afraid. get a pen and piece of paper and let’s jump right into it… Fears 1. they’ll still be there later on waiting for you. If all this seems confusing. However.
that’s how you grow. Don’t censor yourself. Listen 1. Start interacting and connecting. the steps do not have to be big and you do not have to do anything hasty. Listen to your feelings. that is the only way. Remember. Use the elimination method to determine what you are most passionate about at this very moment. This is a fun process so don’t take it too seriously. see how it feels to share and talk with others that are interested in the same thing. If this is your passion. unless you want to keep living the way you are now. it’s okay. Look at young children. See what happens and let go of any expectations. Remember. frustrating and aggravating. Create a list of things that you’re passionate about or like doing. join a forum and find some blogs. Do you feel good? 2. Interpret. See how it feels. yet powerful. The best way would be to use an audio recorder. . just go crazy and let everything come out.Identify Your Passion 1. Once you’ve picked your passion. Relax and Enjoy 1. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure. Utilize it ruthlessly until you find something that you’re even remotely passionate about. I was scared a lot in the beginning of starting my blog. but I kept going and I am glad I did. it’s your responsibility to create the life you want! 3. 2. Do this now. When you’re posting your thoughts in the forum and leaving comments. Enjoy. It’s simple. 3. you’re doing fine. 2. Relax. Join the community. Start exploring. They don’t take anything seriously. 3. You can’t know how it feels until you drive the car or put on the clothes. just pick something and start doing. Go at a pace that feels good to you. Investigate 1. It’s like test driving a car or trying on new clothes. just pick one and try it out. If you feel any fear or apprehension. Get your baby-mode on and just try new stuff. Get out there and start doing stuff. It’s okay to fail and make mistakes. When we start taking things seriously they become boring. All of this is of no use unless you take action and actually find your passion. just keep going. As long as you’re making progress. because being serious isn’t fun. If you’re stuck with more than one passion that you really like. Then you can be completely spontaneous. Start thinking about how you can contribute to the community in your own way. Get your hands dirty.
I’m not going to go into more detail here. so if you’re interested. 3. For more articles. and interviews with three people that have gone from nothing to getting paid to do what they love. If you want to follow your passion and make it work. There is no need to control everything that happens or to know what will happen. Henri Junttila http://www. Making Your Passion a Reality If you want to take this to the next level. and showed how they could be overcome (it’s much easier than you think). I am not going to lie. visit my blog. you can visit the Passionate Living website and see if it resonates with you. Stop making excuses and think about the first step you can take right now to get closer to your dream life. I’ve created a course called Passionate Living. But the good thing is that when you’re following your passion you’ll love every step you take. worksheets. Allow yourself to follow your feelings and see where they take you. the Wake Up Cloud. It contains the main book. This is what it is all about. In it I took the most common obstacles people had. Play with your thoughts.com/ . This is what life is about. Life can be tough or life can be fun. It’s doing what you truly love and following your heart. pulled them apart. If you’re interested in finally living the life you’ve always wanted to live. you are the one in the driver’s seat. Doing this will only put a strain on your mind and probably cause unnecessary hardship. Passionate Living is a fantastic place to start according to the testimonials from happy customers. Release control. even if it is tough. a quick-start blueprint. It came from feedback from my readers. Keep rocking.2. interviews and life-changing material. That’s all I have for you right now. it takes persistence and dedication.wakeupcloud. Now What? Start putting everything into action.
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