Do you ever get that "what the hell am I doing with my life" feeling? Maybe you realize all your decisions leading up to this point in your life were made to please someone else? Maybe you choose to travel the expected, predictable road that would keep you safe and financially taken care of?
I mean c'mon who wouldn't want a map drawn out with exact steps leading to a guaranteed destination?
What if you start to approach what you've been working so hard for and wake up to the fact that you're not happy. That your countless hours spent at work are leaving you empty and unsatisfied. You think to yourself, what if I just quit?
You start to dream up what your life could look like... a life where you create a passion-based business. A lifestyle that allows you to travel, have all the freedom in the world and finally be in control. You could wake up and absolutely love what you do. You start to fantasize putting your resignation letter on your boss's desk. Like BAM, "Peace, I'm out."... hold on STOP right there.
Before you go quitting your day job to follow your dream of owning a passion-based business, lets pull back the curtain..
In order to persevere and stay the course (which lets be honest, its one hell of a long road) you must cultivate an absolute confidence, and an indestructible desire to take action. But you won't have someone telling you what actions to take, sounds fun right? Know that fear of failure and judgement will weigh down your every move.
You won't have an applause when you do something difficult, you wont have someone looking over your shoulder making sure you're doing the work.
You will judged with opinions thrown at you left and right. If you're putting yourself out there or doing something different (which is a must when running a business), people will always have something to say.
And when the opinions fade out, self doubt creeps in. The silence will leave you craving validation and reassurance, that in fact yes, you are enough and you can do this.
Here's the thing- We are all capable of building a passion-based business with enough work, but be aware nothing brings up your insecurities more than battling your worthiness of owning a business. That your skills and talents alone are enough for people to pull out their cheque book.
I am not trying to scare you away from wanting to travel down that path, I will be your biggest cheerleader if you do!! I am however determined to bring the honest truth of the work required. I’ve gone through more self development work this year than I care to admit, but I can’t think of a more purpose filled gift you can give yourself.
Its a beautiful thing when someone can blend business with their passion, but it’s not for everyone. I am however strongly opinionated that you should find joy in the work that you do.
Whatever path you choose for your career, find value and meaning in the work that you do. Make time for what you are passionate about the most, regardless of whether you make it a business. At the end of your precious life (you spend on average 90,000 hours at work), I’d hate for you to say you wish you’d done something different.
There is nothing I love more than helping and supporting others navigate changes they want to make in their life. If you'd like to chat and see if coaching is the right fit for you, I would love to hear from you!