Okay, so you’ve decided to end a season and know what you need to walk away from. Time to plan what will be part of the new season. The video What if money was no object? asks some important questions about the perpetual treadmill many of us stay on when we’d really rather be doing something else. Or at the very least, would like to have time to do that ‘something else’ in our outside of work time.
In the video, Alan Watts poses the following questions:
- What makes you itch?
- What sort of situation would you like?
- What would you like to do if money were no object?
- How would you really enjoy spending the rest of your life?
I often refer to the get real factor, which in this situation I’d say is the fact that you and I have bills to pay and need money for daily living. So to tell you ‘Don’t worry about money, just do what you love’, seems a bit unrealistic. But to shut down your dreams, your passions and perhaps even your idea of how you’d really like to spend your life doesn’t seem right either.
All-or-nothing thinking would say it has to be one or the other. And that is the great de-railer.
I think there are alternatives. Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger and Digital Photography School, in a recent webinar described how he wrote his first e-book in 15 minute blocks each day. He eliminated all the excuses that had held him back for months. Things like ‘I’ve never written a book’; ‘I’ve never sold anything on my web site, so have no idea how to do shopping carts’; and the very common ‘I don’t really have the time’. He decided to set aside 15 minutes each day to work on the book. In the beginning of the process, he used the 15 minutes to research shopping carts, tips on book writing etc. In a little over two months, the book was written, uploaded and entered the market with great success.
I do believe when you are passionate about something, you pursue it with relentless vigour. Learn all you can about the subject. Ask the great questions driven by your curiosity and deep interest. The result? You become competent in that area. Along the way, you excite others about it-some who will offer to help you. For many people, this eventually leads to an income stream.
Along the way there may have to be some boring jobs and fewer moments in a day to devote to what you love. Don’t give up, you never know what breakthroughs are just around the corner.
Find those 15 minutes in each day to do what excites and energises you. Learn about it. Develop your craft in it. And who knows? You may find, like many others, you eventually are able to spend your life getting paid to do exactly what you love to do – and what you would have done years ago, if money truly was no object and you did not have to earn an income to pay the bills.
What will you spend your 15 minutes doing? When will you schedule your daily 15 minutes?