I have made my mistakes and have embarked in different paths that I thought would lead me to live a fulfilling and happy life. For example, I am passionate about higher education and thought my employment in a college or university would bring me ultimate happiness. I found myself trapped and unable to reach the communities and people I felt I needed and wanted to because I wasn't in a position to do so. I was working within a system where there were rules I had to play by and follow. I don't have a problem following rules, but I am known for being quite the feisty one who always challenges them. I wasn't happy there and I didn't feel like I was in a supportive environment so I took a chance and left my job to find my passion. I didn't want to be trapped any longer.
Untrapping myself was the hard part, finding my passion was then easy.
The first thing I had to do was abandon my fears. Do not be afraid to try new things or to let go of old habits. Most successful entrepreneurs have one thing in common - they take risks.
I feared being broke, sure, but I knew deep down that if I invested my time, energy and money in developing myself and my dreams, there would be 2 outcomes: I would either fail or succeed. Failure was not an option as I had my back against the wall with personal situations involving family and relationships that needed my attention immediately. I had no choice but to succeed.
|One of my passions - being a make-up|
artist and making women look gorgeous.
I turned this into a career.
So now you have this fearless individual who is not afraid of much, doesn't care if shes's alone or not, and who has clarity. Now what? Well, now you can do whatever you want!
|You never know where your passions will lead you.|
Once you learn what your passions are, the ways in which you can fuel them will come to you. Do you trust me on this? I found many venues to fuel my passions - my blog, learning and maintaining my website, social media, and pretty much any way I could reach out to people via the words I write. I even made the decision to follow up on a short narrative story I had been writing for years to finally publish (not the easiest thing on this planet either...but I dream big. LOL)
You know how to be alone now, and you CAN be alone, but we all need help from time to time. Now it's time to sort through your friends. I am not saying go on a FB friend deletion spree, or hate people or dismiss them, but quite contrary, keep everyone intact. We are all exactly where we need to be in other people's lives. However, there are those who you need to reach out to in order to be able to move forward. I believe in surrounding yourself with the best in order to be the best and AT your best. Only YOU can determine and define what "best" is and who those people you need to get there are. Pick your crowds carefully, especially if you are involved in the fitness industry. When you reach out, the worse thing anyone could ever tell you is no. I have personally experienced many people closing their doors on me, shutting me down, or not even wanting to give me a chance at something I know I can do well but my PASSION kept me fueled enough to not allow that to stop me. I abandoned that self-defeat mentality once and for all and kept it moving.
|Once I found my passions and un-trapped myself|
I began to live. It was like I was born again!
Every interaction you have, every person you meet, everything you do from the moment you wake up, to the minute you go to bed should nourish your passions. I love going to bed at night feeling like I've accomplished something and if not, having faith that I can and WILL do it the next day.
Un-trap yourself by following your PASSIONS. It will pay off in one way or another!