What Keeps You from Pursuing Your Passion?
3 Reasons We Don't Pursue Our Life's Passion
- Other people's expectations: We let the world set our expectations for what we should accomplish. We are trained that we need to study so we get a good report card, so can get into a good college, so we get a good job, so we have a nice house with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids (the average American). Did you ever ask "Is that what I want?" A key point that Joe mentioned was that when people decide to chase after their passion, their friends and family look at them like they are crazy.
- Not knowing what it is/how to get it: If you don't know what you are passionate about, how would you begin to pursue it? It's not going to just appear in front of you by accident, so here are two good blogs to help you think about it: John Piper and Mary Demuth.
- Fear: Fear of the unknown, discomfort, work, failure, these things can be scary and distract you from doing what you love. That average life I described, that's a comfortable life… but why are we chasing that? A fulfilled life is not a comfortable one! It's an exciting one filled with ups and downs, successes and failures, experiences and emotions! Stop chasing comfort! Chase life! Chase God!
How to Start Doing More of What You Love
- Set your own expectations: Stop letting society tell you "what's good for you". Define it for yourself and tell them what you are going to do; what your life should look like. It's your dream, you create it, you live it! The only person who can stop you is you.
- Try new things: You have to start somewhere. If you don't start moving, you're not going in any direction so how can you know if it's the right one? Pick something and start doing it for at least one hour per day. If you like to write, write for an hour. If you like to paint, paint for an hour, you won't be Picasso in the first week, but you'll get better.
- Face your fears: You can start your dream even when you're scared. Remember what Timothy said "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7). Although we know Timothy was a man who struggled with self-confidence, his point is clear: we weren't created to be afraid. If you lay your fear before God and trust in his will and plan for you, you can overcome any fear.
So what are you waiting for? You don't need permission from anyone, God already gave it to you when he created you with free will. All you have to do is exercise that will. Now go and show the world what it is you love!