Let’s talk about life some more today!
How do we take our passion and turn it into income? Now that is the million dollar question isn’t it? Think about what you wish you were doing right now instead of your job. Maybe you wish you were writing, cooking, recruiting, managing, number crunching, or schmoozing. Sometimes you might have to dig a little deeper to get to what that all important passion is. I grew up always being told to work in what I am passionate about and I will never work a day in my life. That is so romantic; it’s like the melted chocolate on the tip of your tongue. Just so dreamy and easy sounding. Life is not easy. Sorry to ruin that positive streak I had going but at heart I am a realist. Even when you find the things that make you passionate it is still going to be work. Work to get your foot in the door, work to streamline your concepts, work to perfect your product or service or platform; it is work. I am beginning to understand that what that saying really means is that the other less enjoyable aspects become easier to swallow as they steer you towards your passion and your life goal. If this was meant to be easy everyone would be out there working as a candy tester, or a video game consultant, or just enjoying the high life.
There is a whole other layer of complication if being your own boss is one of those passions. I know personally I do not have one thing I could do until I die that would make me happy and produce income for my family. Since sadly nobody is lining up to pay me to spend time with my own kids I need to monetize my joy. I knowwwwww that is a horribly capitalist thing to say but it really is a good thing to me. I have previously discussed this is documenting my journey and entrepreneurship is a real trip for sure! My dad always believed the only real path to happiness was to be your own boss and for the last 13 years of my working life I did not believe him. I relished the camaraderie and the fact that things were mapped out. The older I get the more I realize there is no amount of money that can buy back time. If you died tomorrow are you satisfied with your life up to today? Have you accomplished many things on your bucket list? Do you have a lot of regrets on chances not taken?
I do not want to live with things on my list not crossed off, ignoring opportunities, and missing out on priceless moments. The idea of working for yourself is a ticket to a different kind of freedom. While you may never “clock out” on yourself and your business, you get the final control over the product/service and the client. Freedom is so important and if you wake up in the morning cursing your alarm and sit in your office counting the hours until quitting you really aren’t free. No matter how nice your car is or how cool your boss is- the weight of that job is keeping you from your own freedom. Now it is more than just the job stopping you- it is your mindset. If you are stuck in a job you don’t love what is keeping you from changing the situation? Is it the money, the benefits, a level of comfort?
Honestly having a personal budget plan you can stick to can alleviate so much of the stress on your plate and possibly even open up new opportunities for yourself! Once you are telling all of your money what to do it starts to work for you instead of running away from you. Creating one is pretty simple and there are so many resources I have previously referenced but it will be very hard to change careers or start a business if your own house is not in order. I started with a career change and a dream. The budget and focus made it realistic. It has been 6 months since I made the choice to leave my old career and in this short time so much has changed and been accomplished! We have paid off 4 credit cards and made a substantial dent in the 5th! I have opened my own business and gotten my first few clients. I was able to start this blog and rediscover my love of cooking and baking. People really underestimate how influential focus can be in our lives. When you are learning to drive you are warned not to stare at accidents on the side of the road because you might crash or to be careful of lights of oncoming traffic at night so you don’t drive towards them. It is the same way in our lives, if you allow your focus to shift away from where you are headed you will start to drift towards what you are focusing on.
I am a planner, a very visual person. I have a binder dedicated to my weekly budget sheets and meal plans. I love this binder and getting to set it up and work on it is relaxing. I know not everyone is as intense as that but I can say that having a clear plan allows me to give myself goals and hold myself accountable. If you are working for yourself at the end of the day you do still have a boss and it is yourself. You need to be willing to have those difficult internal dialogues and ask yourself if you are really focusing on this journey or if you are letting your car drift in the lanes.