Pursuing one’s passion is a lot easier said than done. Even if you have something to say, a story to tell, or an imagination to capture, perhaps, there seems to be obstacles all the time that are stopping you from truly doing what you love to do and be who were designed to be. The good news is that you can put a stop to those things trying to hinder you from reaching your dreams. Here are common obstacles that are keeping you from chasing your passion, and how to succeed over them.
“I don’t have enough time.”
If you hear yourself saying this every time the subject of pursuing your passion comes up, then you have a bit of a problem. The thing is, we all have to spend twenty-four hours a day, so pursuing your passion is not really a time problem, but a priority problem. If you really want to do what you love to do, but feel that you lack the time, perhaps you should take time to sit down and evaluate your priorities. Perhaps you are majoring on the minors and are not giving the time your passion deserves. The solution is to set goals and priorities and to focus on them. Everything else that you believe you won’t regret not doing now can wait.
Lack of Funds
I’m sorry to tell you this, but you need money to reach your dreams. That’s just the reality of life. At the same time, however, don’t let a lack of funds stop you from getting things started and done. In terms of pursuing your passion, lack of funds is not really the problem – money management is. Is there one thing that you really love to do, but don’t have enough money at the moment to do it? If your answer is yes, then you have to start saving money today. The key is to pay yourself first. Decide in advance how much money you would want in your bank account at the end of a certain period. Set it up and start saving until it becomes a habit. You will be surprised how much you’ll be able to save just by deliberately setting aside a certain amount of money for your dreams each time you get your paycheck.
Not Enough Ideas
The thing about creativity is that you cannot fake it. You can steal ideas, but creativity is something that has to come from within you; it has to be original. There are times, though, that our well of creativity seems to run dry, and no matter how hard we try, there seems to be no idea good enough to help us run after our passion. If this is a problem you often encounter, you are not alone, because many artists, entrepreneurs, and CEO experience the same thing on a regular basis themselves. What do you do when you run out of ideas, though? Simple. You go out there and look for some. Travel. Explore the world. Hang out with artists, musicians, and the kinds of people you look up to. Watch a film, listen to a new song, read a book. Ideas are often birthed through inspiration, so instead of forcing yourself to come up with one, position yourself to be on the receiving end and let it come to you.
Absence of Moral Support
Pursuing what you love to do can be a lonely process. Sometimes, you find yourself alone in your journey. While isolation can help boost productivity, you would still prefer to have the support not only of friends and loved ones, but also of others who have the same passion that you have. Thanks to modern technology, you can now easily connect with people who also enjoy what you enjoy and collaborate with them. If you are into photography, for instance, you can take advantage of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to find individuals or groups of people who share the same interest as you.
Nothing could kill your dreams faster than self-doubt. By saying to yourself that you are not good enough, you are instantly negating all the skills and experiences you have acquired over years of studying and working hard. Self-doubt is often the one that stops us from taking the leap. It slaughters our finest impulses, and then laughs at us when we get a heartache seeing other people’s masterpieces and recognizing them as our own. There is an antidote to self-doubt, though, and that is listening to the still small voice saying to you, “Just do it.” If you know that you have a huge reservoir of knowledge, wisdom, and experience to draw upon, never second-guess, never talk down yourself, and just follow your heart.