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Are You Compelled To Follow Your Dream?

Moving from Corporate to Business

In my last post, I asked if you had a dream, and mentioned that there were 10 questions that you could ask yourself to determine whether your dream is worth pursuing. This post will deal with one of those questions which is, the question of passion, i.e. does your dream compel you to follow it?

In his book, “Put Your Dream To The Test”, John Maxwell defines passion as:

”… an enthusiasm that not only gives you energy and focus in the present, but also gives you power to keep moving toward the future. It gives you fuel to pursue your dream.”

When I started my first business, after being made redundant, I thought that it was my passion. Everything was all shiny, new and exciting, and I had a great time. However, when things got tough, when I couldn’t find customers and didn’t meet my sales goals, I would get terribly discouraged and would stop working in my business.

One christmas, I got together with a colleague and arranged a product launch. Between us, we invited about 100 people to the launch, but only a handful turned up. I was so upset, that I didn’t do any work in my business for over a week, and considered quitting altogether!

After doing some soul searching last year, I came to the conclusion that, while I loved the products, and enjoyed sharing them with others, it really wasn’t enough to keep me going, particularly when times were tough. I also discovered that my main motivation for continuing with the business was so that people wouldn’t say to me “I told you you’d never succeed at that”. I still exclusively use the products, and am always recommending them to others, but it’s not my passion.

However, in my current business, when things don’t go the way I want, I may still get discouraged for a few hours. But, sometimes I don’t get discouraged at all, and I’m increasingly seeing these times as opportunities to learn, or change direction.

In my first business, i used to toss and turn at night, and try and figure out how I could get more sales. In my current business, I wake suddenly from a sound sleep, with a great idea for a new blog post, or a revelation about how I can better serve my customers. Sometimes I get so excited that I can’t get back to sleep!

It’s almost like my passion won’t let me give up! It’s what keeps me going through the tough times, towards the success of achieving my dream.

Are you passionate about your dream? Does it compel you to follow it? Please let me know in the comments section, or if you prefer, please contact me directly.

I will be running a mastermind on “Put Your Dream To the Test” at the end of August. Participants will have the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and put their dreams to the test.

If you are interested in participating in this mastermind, or would like more information, please contact me. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please act now to avoid disappointment.

Are You Living Out Your Life’s Purpose?

Personal Development for Career Professionals

John C Maxwell believes that the two most important days in our lives are the day we are born, and the day we discover why. This really is true. I discovered last year that my life’s purpose is to encourage others to grow. And recently, while listening to some personal growth material, I was able to refine this purpose further to the one that I wrote about in my first post i.e. to help people grow into who they need to be to live out their dreams.

It is this purpose that gets me up each morning, as I can’t wait to learn more myself so that I can help others to do the same. Even writing about it now excites me!

Many of us go through our lives making certain assumptions about ourselves and what is important to us. But if we scratch the surface, we can sometimes find that these assumptions may be misguided, and what we thought was important really isn’t.

James Russel Lowel says: “no one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself”.

One of my favourite things about personal growth is that it leads to self-discovery. While this is often one of the first steps in the personal growth journey, this process continues throughout the journey as, the more we discover about ourselves, the deeper we look into ourselves, and the more we discover. During this process, we can discover many things, including what is going right in our personal and professional lives, and what is not, what our strengths and weaknesses really are, and what we really want to do with our lives.

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and really examine your life as it is now? What is working and what isn’t? What makes you really happy, and what drives you? Are you doing what you love, and do you love what you do? If you haven’t done this recently, I encourage you to do so ASAP!

If I can help in any way, please let me know in the comments section or, if you prefer, contact me directly.