10 Everyday Steps To Live Your Passion Without Quitting Your Job

I’ve been asked what it took for me to realize my passion and figure out how to turn that into my career. Here’s the 10 steps that it took for me:

1. I identified specific needs that I was moved in my soul to meet.

2. I volunteered my time (many evenings and weekends) to meet those needs.

3. I surrounded myself with leaders who were further along than myself in that field of work.

4. I sacrificed luxuries and some necessities in exchange for opportunities to do the work without extra pay for several years.

5. I built relationships with specific people that were “door openers” or enablers to give me opportunities to grow in my passion’s field.

6. I focused on skill development to ensure I stood out from others in the field I was passionate about.

7. I listened to and welcomed those who gave wise counsel without taking offense to their advice or criticism.

8. I moved quickly to establish my commitment to any opportunities that were presented to me.

9. I reminded myself daily why I was passionate about my work and who was counting on me living that passion.

10. I refused to allow what I was doing to ever take the place of why I was doing it. I made sure my why equaled my what.

Let me end by pointing out the not so obvious…you don’t have to quit your job to do any of these steps. As a matter of fact, I’ve been able to take these steps in addition to my current work. So many people I speak with feel they have to quit their job and go work for a charity to be charitable. Others say their current employer doesn’t value their personal passion enough to afford them this opportunity. Here’s what I believe, and I challenge you to speak over yourself daily as a mantra:

“My passion is making room for me…right where I am, with what I have, doing what I do.”

Keep speaking this over yourself and believe that your passion is making room for you today.

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