Protecting Your Passions – Part 5

During the last four posts on passion I have discussed Discovering Your Passions, Prioritizing Your Passions, Planning for Your Passions, and now I would like to wrap up this series on Protecting Your Passions.

Life has a way of distracting us from chasing the dreams and desires that really matter the most to us. There are also people and circumstances that will seek to destroy these passions and keep us from ever achieving them. If we are to be successful then we have to go on the offensive and protect ourselves from losing out. It’s relatively easy to start on a journey but it’s way more difficult to complete one. Just look at the failed attempts to diet or get healthy in our lives. If being healthy really is something we truly desire, then we must make eating right and exercise a priority – no excuses! The same goes with our passions.

Here are a few suggestions I recommend for keeping on track:

  • Schedule time into your schedule and stick with it. It simply is not enough to say “I will get to it this week” because time will pass quickly with all the things we have deal with in our daily lives.  Schedule a block of time in your calendar to work on your ideas, no matter what that looks like — 30 minutes a day, an hour a week, or 5 hours per month – just set it in stone and follow through.
  • Write the overall dream down and post it where you can see it. Use some sort of reminder to keep your passions alive.  Items such as sticky notes or pictures placed strategically where you will see them daily serve as an excellent tool to keep you focused.
  • Stay away from negative people. Unfortunately there are people who don’t want you to succeed or that will suck the life out of you.  Thank them for their two cents and then avoid them at all if possible.
  • Get an accountability partner. Build a relationship with someone who supports you 100% and then ask them to help you stay on track.   Let them ask hard questions or give you a little shove when needed.  These people are awesome and will be worth their weight in gold.

These four ideas have worked wonders for me and have been a tremendous tool in helping me follow my passions. You may discover other ways that work for you and that’s great! Do whatever it takes. Remember that you really do have everything you need to follow your passions. All you have to do is Discover, Prioritize, Plan, and Protect and you will be on your way to fulfilling your dreams. I hope you give it your all and wish you the best for success!

2 Comments

  1. Evan on June 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I finally learned the messages you spoke about in this article and it has changed my life.

    I think the most important point you speak of is stay away from negative people. When you can point out who is a negative influence in your life and then stop spending time with them you will see that your attitude changes tenfold. I stay away from negative people now and i have become more positive myself. It has helped me live a happier life.

    Great blog. People need to learn to focus on the personal life because it will help them be happier and have a better work life. Look forward to reading more.

  2. James on June 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Evan,

    Thanks for stopping by and your feedback!

    I agree with staying away from negative people. When we do surround ourselves with the right kinds of people or influences, it has a dramatic, positive effect on us. And if we are able to find our joy and passions, it does make us better in all aspects of our lives. This doesn’t mean that every day will be easy, but we will have a different perspective on the challenges we must face.

    Thanks again for your input!

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