“Follow your passion…”

This is often part of well-intentioned advice thrown at the young and old alike…but these words are rarely helpful on their own…

This simple phrase leads us to believe that when we find and follow our elusive passion, we will lead a smooth and fulfilling life, blissful in every way…

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Here’s the thing…Passion is basically an emotion.

And while emotions can be powerful “igniters,” if not treated with care, they can make us do some pretty dumb things. #beenthere #imlookingatyoubritneycirca2007

As a mompreneur and as a mentor to other women in business, you can imagine that being passionate and talking about “finding your passion” is pretty close to my heart…

But finding your passion is so much more than some “gurus” make it out to be…

That’s why I wanted to write about 9 common mistakes that I see people make while trying to find their passion.

As you read them, take note…

Are you making any of these mistakes?

1. Your passion doesn’t have to pay the bills…

Your passion doesn’t have to be your career. 

What you’re passionate about may be a hobby, or raising your family, or writing after hours. But don’t get caught up in the idea that your passion has to pay the bills.

Because the truth is, it very well may not.

2. Living in your passion doesn’t mean the road will be easy…

There is a common belief out there that when you find your passion, everything will be smooth sailing, but it’s just not so.

Living inside your passion is just as much work as any other life… 

And it’s a lot of work, but it’s work worth doing.

3. “Finding” your passion suggests that something is lost…

The culture of “finding your passion” suggests that you are not whole if you haven’t found “the thing” that “completes” you… 

But passion is nothing more than a vehicle that will drive you to fulfillment.

4. Passions change with time…

Think about what you were passionate about 5 years ago…

It has likely changed completely, or at the very least morphed into something new.

So when attempting to discover your passion, realize that it will likely change with time.

5. Your passion will lead to fulfillment, but not necessarily dollars…

Like I said, passion should not be held to the expectation of being anything more than a vehicle to fulfillment.

When we believe that our passion must lead to dollars, we make it really hard to create space for passionate things to happen.

6. Passion doesn’t have to mean starting your own business…

This is where a lot of dream-seekers get confused…So hear me now.

Finding your passion does not mean chucking your job so that you can start your own business from the dining room table.

Starting a business should be about solving a problem…not about following your passion. 

It’s just a bonus when your passion gets to fuel the problem your business solves.

7. Passion is the lighter fluid, but commitment is the log that keeps the fire burning…

This builds on the last one… 

IF you decide to follow your passion down the road of building your own business, realize that your passion is the lighter fluid…

And that it’s going to take a lot of commitment to keep the project burning through the years.

Remember, following your passion doesn’t equal smooth sailing. 

8. Passion doesn’t equal talent…

Here’s some hard truth…

Sometimes we suck at what we are passionate about.

So don’t think that just because you’re passionate about something that you’re going to be able to conquer that world.

Remember American Idol? Everyone was passionate, but not everyone was good. 

9. Following your passion can be a lot like “the grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome…But the truth is, passion–just like grass, is greener where you water it.

Trying to discover your passion can quickly turn into the equivalent of “the grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome…

But here’s the truth…Passion must be CULTIVATED…it must be WATERED…

Only then does passion grow and lead us to the life we’re looking for.

So yes, follow your passion, but in doing so don’t forget that a passionate life takes lots of intention in order to create success.

Are you living with passion?

Or is the life you’re in feeling less passionate than you hoped?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the day-in and day-out obligations and feeling that there has to be something more, then listen up…

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

And there isn’t anything wrong with you (or your life)…

Sometimes you just need is a little direction…

A little push to get you moving.

A friend to grab you by the hand and show you the way.

Does that sound good?

Well, then maybe you could use my newest book in my mini-series…

The “Find Your Passion Guidebook.”

This Is My Little Secret Weapon That Finds Your Passion in Less Time Than it Takes to Watch an Episode of Game of Thrones…

And you don’t want to miss it.

Feeling intrigued?

Click here to learn all about my little 19-page ebook that is changing women’s lives.

It’s full of 50 inspiring and intriguing questions that I’ll bet you’ve never even thought to ask yourself…

And it will help you avoid making the 9 mistakes that we talked about here today.

Don’t make a mistake. Go grab the book now.

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