Did you know that passion alone won’t carry the day?
Yes, passion is important. It’s vital to living a truly joyous life that is fulfilling and makes an impact.
But, you need a heck of lot more than just passion to live a life worth living.
There are other things that are just as important. And when they join forces with that glorious passion spark, then WATCH OUT! Very little will stop you from making those big, juicy, inspiring dreams of yours happen!
This list is not the be all, end all.
The top 5 things you need to truly thrive in life:
Yes, for sure. Passion is the light that makes everything seem possible. It is the love, the joy, the thrill. It’s why you are working on what you’re working on in the first place.
2. A Clear Vision
I am crazy inspired by creativity. But, that alone will not make anything really fabulous happen in my life. What do I want to do with creativity? Do I want to make things? Write? How do I want to express myself? Do I want to help others find their creativity? What is it about this whole business of being creative that inspires me? What do I want to make happen in the world with this passion of mine? In what ways can I tap into and live my life being creative?
These are important questions to ask and answer. How are you going to manifest your passion? What is the vision of how to best bring more of your passion into your life and the world?
Get specific here! For me, I’ve decided I’m going to be an art teacher. I changed my major in school to make this happen. I have a clear vision of how I want to inspire teenagers to express themselves through art. Along the way, I’m also going to make lots of art and engage with the creative community where I live. But, I have a goal, a specific vision of what I want to make happen in the world.
3. A Plan
Just winging it usually doesn’t work. Yes, sometimes we get lucky. Or our passion is so big, we can’t help but to work on making our dream a reality. But, more often than not, the day to day grind of just living will, the urgent pressing needs of our everyday lives, will get in the way and wear us out. Leaving little room, energy and motivation for the yummy stuff that feeds our soul.
It’s such a funny thing, but we are all guilty of it!
We all know that when we are inspired and engaged with life in a passionate way, we feel better, are better mamas and are way more fulfilled and happy. And yet, we put that stuff off until later.
You have to plan for your dreams. You have to carve out room in your busy life to work on them, or they may not happen! I have a plan for getting my teaching credentials, I know where I’m going to finish off my schooling, how long it’s going to take and what I need to do. I am registered for classes and am actively working on that plan.
My dream is coming to fruition because I have a plan. Without that plan, all I would have is the idea.
Knowing what you want to manifest in the world and how you’re going to do that breeds a far greater chance that you will actually succeed!
Being passionate about something, knowing specifically what you want to make happen, and mapping out a plan for how to get there will make exactly nothing happen if you don’t take action. If you don’t do the things that are necessary to bring about whatever it is you want to create in your life, then your big ideas probably won’t happen.
If I totally slack off in school, don’t do my assignments, don’t engage in my learning and participate with a full heart, then I’m not going to end up teaching. Period.
You have to do the work.
If you say you are going to spend time in your studio painting, you have to do it if you want to be a painter.
And here’s the rub about integrity:
Every time you don’t do something that you set out to do, it clouds your vision, it warps your passion and it leaves you doubting yourself. Which can so quickly send you down the “I suck, what’s wrong with me, my life is hard” path.
The more you take action on your dreams, the more happy and fulfilled you are. The more you blow off stuff and avoid taking action, the more like poo you feel.
So, yeah, integrity is a seriously important component.
All of the above, you can for sure manage and do on your own. But, it is so much easier and so much more effective when you don’t go it alone.
Having people around you who support your dreams, encourage you to take action, push you to go for it. This makes such a ginormous difference.
When my people have my back, they don’t buy into my self doubt. They lift me up when I feel like I can’t go on. They cheer on my accomplishments. They say yes to all my lofty ideas. They get me and that gives me courage.
When you put these 5 things together.. so much more becomes possible.
You really can make any dream, ANY DREAM, you want come true.