You know what is funny? When you’re destined to do something. When you can’t help NOT doing something. When you’re passionate (isn’t that a familiar word in these neck of the woods web now a days!) about something . It oozes itself into your life – even if you attempt to reject it. Even if you think you don’t have the time for it. Even if you feel you aren’t ready physically or mentally for it. Anyone ever been there?
Back when I was still blogging at Instant Mommie, I had an idea (oh really? self proclaimed idea guru? that’s new!). No but really, I had an idea to start writing a business blog with a focus in Marketing. I started it, but had really bad follow through.
With all the new exciting things happening around these parts of the web lately, I find it a little comical that marketing and business ideas have found their way back to me. Silly me – thinking I’d do another blog based on anything other than marketing – MY PASSION!
So I asked myself, why didn’t it work the first time? Why weren’t my ideas bursting at the seams like they are now? WHY? For Heaven’s sake – was I looking at other blogs for ideas on content when this is my subject of expertise?
I pursued it for all the wrong reasons (right off the bat). I started it with the intent on making money, not enjoying my passion and this gift I’ve been blessed with.
This isn’t to say wanting to monetize your work is bad thing, after all, the strategy to monetize was from other bloggers I look up to. However, having this be my main intent for the blog was not the formula for success (FOR ME). If I had put my passion for it FIRST and let the monetization happen in time (when it was the right time) it could have been more successful.
Now that I’m pursuing this with the right intent – living out my passion – things are coming together better than I could have asked for.
And you ask, “So Aukele, what’s the take away?”
1. Find your passion. Why would you waste your time and effort into something that doesn’t get you excited when you wake up in the morning?
2. Before you start a project ask yourself, “What are my intentions?” Make them clear for yourself. If you don’t know why you are doing something, why do it? Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” “Is the effort worth the expected outcome?” “What is the purpose?”
3. If you want a true chance at long lasting success – first and foremost, you must ensure passionate about what you’re (attempting/starting) to do. While knowing your passion is really important when it comes to risking it all and doing something for yourself, don’t end up letting it be a crutch – guess what, you may have more than ONE passion. EXPLORE your passions. Take the time to figure out if you have multiple passions. If so – then you have more room to play with to figure out what is priority, what has more potential, what is more doable for you.
Did I just open up a can of worms? More than one passion? I know, I know. You’ll thank me later. I would really appreciate it if you would comment below and tell me what you think. If you have questions ask, away. What more do you want to know on passion and intent?