I was in a meeting one day with one of my clients for Career Coaching. She was so stressed out over her job. It pays very well but has robbed her of her peace and joy. She came to me not knowing what job to pursue. I asked, "What is it that you really want to do?" "Well, I want to do this and that but I need job stability. I need money to pay my bills and insurance and ..."
I stopped her right there and said, "Forget about the money part. If you were given the chance to work a job that you love, what would it be?" Her face lit up and she started telling me, so passionately, what she really wants to do. Her mood changed from not knowing what to do to being so sure of what she really loves to do.
When I do my Career Coaching, I always make sure that what my clients love to do is not sidestepped by what they need to do. This is the same advice I will give you if you are still not pursuing or currently doing what you are passionate about.
The question is: Do you follow your dream and be broke or do you pursue a job first that will provide for you financially and pursue your dream later on?
To answer that question, let me explain what your dream and passion are really about.
You may think that photography or dancing or painting or writing is your passion. These are avenues to express your passion. They are your gifts and skills that were placed in you by God so you can fulfill the purpose you were called for. In short, there is something deeper than what you simply love to do. This is what you need to find.
Writing and speaking are what I love to do. These are my ways of expressing my thoughts and feelings about the depth of things I see ... things that people don't normally see. I have the gift of seeing beyond problems and difficulties and having a clear picture in my mind of the bigger scheme of things. This is the root of my passion for writing and speaking.
When you begin to see where your passion stems from, you will begin to feel a sense of freedom. Everywhere you are, whatever job that may be, you will be able to utilize your gifts and be passionate about it.
Not because your job has nothing to do with your passion means that you will drop that dream you're passionate about. If you know the root source of that passion, you will be able to express it in other avenues.
Now, I'm not telling you to drop your dream job. Knowing the source of your passion is simply the first step. It is a way of freeing you from that mindset that your work and passion are difficult to put together. It is also a means of ensuring that your dream job is really where your passion lies, because sometimes, that dream job may have been influenced by other people and is not really who you were created to be.
Once you're sure about your passion and dream job, it is time to plot your course, which begins in the place where you are now.
If your dream job is to be a Motivational Speaker and your current job is in Administration, find something in that job or within the company that will give you the opportunity to speak in public, even if it is just small meetings. Join clubs and organizations that give you the chance to make presentations. Be involved in the community or church. Harness your public speaking skills by joining classes. Don't get stuck on big dreams. Make things happen one step at a time.
People get stuck on that BIG dream and how they see it because of the influence of things around them. With the height of social media influencers, it is so easy to get carried away and want to be like THAT person. That dream of being a Motivational Speaker turns into a dream of being a Rachel Hollis or Tony Robbins or even Oprah Winfrey. Though there's nothing wrong with dreaming big and looking at big people as your role model, you may lose your true self in the process, and overlook the small things that matter most.
Going back to my example of a Motivational Speaker ...
Instead of comparing yourself with the giants in the field, visualize yourself in a small room with people who you know will listen to you and what you have to say. Who are these people? What do you really want to say? What's in your heart and mind? These thoughts are gems you carry with you each day, whether you are pursuing your dream job full-time and paid, or not.
If you decide to pursue your dream of being a paid and successful Motivational Speaker someday, then know that where you are right now is where you begin. Let each step take you further ahead and let the doors of opportunity open naturally for you as you work on the details of what you need to do at the present time.
Every successful entrepreneur will tell you that their success didn't happen overnight. They kept persevering and then one day, at one single moment, a huge door opened.
And remember: that door will not open naturally if you keep checking it. Focus on the present so as not to sabotage your future. This is something I expounded on my book, Simplify to Intensify. You may want to check that out.