If you missed the first Five posts from this series called Pursuing Your Passion where I cover how you can go about finding, monetizing, scaling your passion, as well as living your passion with intention. Be sure to go back and listen.

Today, I’ll be talking about living your passion with intention

Once you’ve identified your passion and found some practical uses for it, the hard part comes next. Living your passion won’t be easy. You may find yourself having to defend it to family and friends. While standing up for your passion may be a challenge, it won’t be the hardest one. You will have to consistently work with yourself to stay true to doing what you love. If you’ve made it all the way to adulthood without pursuing your passion, there’s
sometimes a very compelling reason; fear. It’s not easy to put yourself out there to potentially be judged, especially if your passion is considered impractical. It can also be scary to do something that you aren’t familiar
with or comfortable doing. This fear is natural and shouldn’t be used as an excuse not to move forward. If you have found something that you enjoy, it’s worth it to pursue it.

Another thing that prevents more people from following their passion is failure. The fear of failure is one of the strongest and most paralyzing ones. However, the fear of success may be just as strong. Sometimes it’s easier to simply sit and dream about what could be than it is to actually go out and do it. Both success and failure carry with them their own level of responsibility but in either case, you’ve made the first step and tried. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? ― Marianne Williamson, Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

We can often be our own worst critics, especially when it comes to stepping outside of our own box and doing something different. Negative and doubtful self-talk is natural but it shouldn’t stop you. Neither should you not knowing what to do next. Yes, I’ve given you some steps to follow but if you noticed, many of them involved doing some research. We live in a society where information is an important commodity and it’s very readily available. Take advantage of it.

Just as not following your passion brings with it the responsibility of a dream unfulfilled, following your passion and being successful brings with it the responsibility that comes with that success. The great thing about following through with something that’s risky is that even if you do fail, you can rest comfortably knowing that you tried. If you do nothing at all, you never know what could have been. Happiness is a decision. If you make the decision that you are going to follow your passion and that it will make you happy, it will.