“Life fulfilling work is never about the money – when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” – Eileen Fisher
This is truly where a rich and wondrous life is gained or lost. Each of us is born with God-given talents. Each of us is unique. Sometimes we discover our talents by accident, other times we have a “feeling” that this is what I’m supposed to do.
I mentioned how goals can sometimes slip from us. I have found that the goals that slip by the wayside are those that either belongs to someone else or it just isn’t the right time to pursue them. You have to be your own judge in this respect. This is why I’ve changed the time I use to pursue a goal. Instead of setting long-term goals or a yearly goal (except my book reading goals), I tend to look at 90 days and that’s it. If after 90 days I lose interest in something, I put it aside and focus on something else.
Sometimes you have a great goal that will go beyond 90 days. That’s ok. I would recommend breaking that goal down into a 90-day window and see where it takes you. If you achieve that interim goal, set another for the next 90 days and see what happens. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.
Your life fulfilling work could be writing, drawing, music, creating a business, creating a non-profit organization, a religious pursuit, or anything not mentioned here. Listen to yourself inside. Experiment. Find out what really wakes you up in the morning and pursue that.
I discovered my love of writing while in school. I attended college in 2003 and didn’t stop until around 2014. I earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Masters degree, and completed all coursework and what is called the comprehensives for my doctorate. I didn’t finish the dissertation but did discover I had a knack for writing. I began writing short stories soon after. None of them are published, but I enjoyed writing stories. I know what I like in a story and know that I can create stories that others will enjoy.
In January I’ll begin work on a number of books. Some of them will be non-fiction, but the ones I really look forward to are going to be fiction. I have so many ideas at this point that I’m taking the time to really figure out between now and January which one I want to start with. I’m close, but still deciding.
Whether my books become best sellers or aren’t bought by anyone is irrelevant. I just want to tell a story and get it out there. One of the best things about publishing a book is that it never goes away. It will be there for people to read forever. It’s nice to think that I will be leaving some semblance of myself that others can enjoy when I’m gone.
Have you found your life’s passion? Have you figured out what wakes you up every day? If so, start putting together a plan to pursue it.
Until next time…