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