Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about it? If not, why are you doing it?
Most people, if you ask them these questions will respond with excuses which on the surface sound very good:
“I’m just doing this until I can find something better.”
“I’m just holding out until I retire in a couple of years.”
“If I didn’t have my family so early in life, I could have done it, maybe, but that’s in the past now.”
“I can’t take a risk now. I’m too old and my family depends on me.”
What they are really saying is, “What if I fail and someone gets hurt along the way – someone like my ego and my family’s lifestyle?”
No one can predict the future, but you can take calculated risks. A planned move into an area where you are better suited is actually less risky than staying in a precarious, but ‘secure’ position at the job you think you ‘have to have’ to get by.
It may sound flippant, but you do only have one life to live and all of this is temporary. What are you doing with your life? Do you ever wish there was something better or more rewarding you could be doing? What if you could provide for yourself and/or your family AND be doing your passion? Are you even looking?
The first step is to decide that the current path you are on isn’t working for you. As the old metaphor goes, you’ve got your ladder leaning on the wrong building – that’s all. Just move it to another building and go. Take action and be prepared for others, but primarily yourself to tell you it won’t work and that you will fail. Overcome these thoughts and you’ll be well on your way to doing what you are passionate about.
Need help finding out what you are passionate about? Sir Ken Robinson has written a book that might help titled, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. It’s less than $10 on Amazon and it could change your life – for the better.