We claim that a noble charitable cause around the corner is important to us; a quick analysis of our calendar and bank statement will reveal if we mean it. This truth holds for time with the family or in the office. Time and money are sure indicators of what we hold important. Kids inherently know this truth. Fail to follow through on a promise and their eyes display the disappointment. Been there, done that and the t-shirt isn't worth it.
Passions require the same care and feeding. Leave it alone for too long and it atrophies. A dynamic friend mentioned that in the world of social media, consistency means your serious about your work. The speed innovation and change challenges every aspect of life, we become irrelevant, left behind and return to being a familiar novice, if the investment stops. Neglect the weights and the muscles shrink quicker than your delusions of a new personal record.
A true passion requires our time, attention and any resource at our disposal. The things we pursue are ours, the vision and effort must include our blood, sweat and tears. One trick is to ensure we are not lying to ourselves about our resource investment. There is a time for learning, but the hard work comes with producing, shipping and engaging with your customer.
Historically, I have been great at learning and slow to act due to fear or some other nonsense reason to postpone creation. It is in the movement of action that the magic happens. The client accepts the commissioned work, the app is released, the school board votes on your proposal only once the passionate work is pursued to completion. This exchange is the beauty of intentional action. Change happens, and the world is a better place.
Evaluate the resource investment you are applying to your passions and conduct a sober assessment. Are you getting the results of you desired? What changes need to be made? Do you believe the data? Your resources of time, attention, money and relationships are worth too much to squander. If inaction has been your default, start now. Not in the morning or when some distant event is supposed to occur, the same excuse or a close cousin will be present to bog you down. You will never have today again, now is the time for necessary changes and action.
One more question then act on the answer; what is one action you are going to take right NOW to make progress on your passion?
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