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Twenty-one Things You Need To Know!

by bevbarnes on April 19, 2012

This week I want to share with you twenty one things that I’ve learned about creating your life’s work and finding your passions.

    1. You don’t need to have an exceptional talent. All you need to have is something you really, really love. What you love creates a   life force inside you that forces you to do something. Once you do something, you have started creating your life’s work.
    2. To find your passions follow what feels “right” and don’t follow what doesn’t. Start noticing when your heart soars and each time it does, follow, repeat or do more of the activity that made it soar.
    3. The hard part of creating your life’s work is unlearning almost everything you’ve ever learned about success and what a “good job” is and the importance of fitting in.
    4. Getting clear on your talents and gifts is essential to creating your life’s work.
    5. Stop suppressing despair. Your emotions are just the messenger. If you are feeling despair, angst or boredom, figure out what message your emotions are bringing and follow their counsel.
    6. Do before you know. Learn from what you do.
    7. Decide to be a beginner – not an expert. When you discover something you love, learn everything you can about it. Become a student.
    8. Act “as if” you already are what you desire to be – even if you don’t quite believe it yet. Find other people that mirror the “future you” and become one of them.
    9. To create ways to make a living from your passions start thinking about how what you love can serve others.
    10. Even in the most perfect dream job, you’ll only be doing what you love, less than 80% of the time.
    11. If you want to create a life where you are doing what you were born to do 80% ofthe time, consider self-employment.
    12. You don’t have to be a born entrepreneur to run a successful on-line small business; you need a passion and good technical assistance.
    13. It takes about 3 years to shift your career identity when you make a career change. That’s lucky because for many of us, it takes about 3 years to actually get a small on-line business going, so you might need another source of income.
    14. As soon as you start following your heart, you’ve already found your true calling– even if you can’t name what it is yet.
    15. Stop using external feedback – what others think- how it looks – if your family is proud, as your motivator and start relying on your inner “rightness” meter.
    16. Recognize that being scared shitless means that you have succeeded in leaving your comfort zone.  Celebrate your fear – it
      means you are moving in the right direction.
    17. Stop being so hard on yourself.  Resting, playing and being kind to yourself will get you further than beating yourself up.
    18. Do stuff that moves you closer to your life’s work even when you don’t have a plan. Not having a plan is not a reason to stop moving forward.
    19. Express gratitude for each discovery. Acknowledging and appreciating the things you’ve done, is far more important than focusing on what you haven’t done yet.
    20. Teach what you’ve learned.
    21. Even if you don’t think you have a passion, you do and you probably have many. It is one of the gifts that you get because you are a human being. Expressing your passions lights up your life.

What have you learned about finding your passions or creating your life’s work?  I love to hear from you.  Share it below on the blog!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori April 20, 2012 at 4:06 am

This is an amazing list, Bev. I need to post it to read everyday. Thanks for sharing your brilliance!!


Bev Barnes April 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

You are so welcome Lori!


Grace Mendez April 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I learned the hard way that if I don’t follow my passion I am not well. I get sick, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Thanks for this lovely list!


Bev Barnes April 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

You are so right Grace, not following your passions is denying yoursel what you love and your body says “no” in the only way it can. Thanks for the feedback!


Anne Marie April 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Bev, this is the best list! As someone else said, I’d like to read through this every day. It is a good reminder that I don’t need to know, I can follow my heart and what feels right, and something wonderful is happening (right now, even though it may take a couple of years to all work out). Your writing makes me smile. Thank you for sharing what lights you up.


Bev Barnes April 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thanks Anne Marie. Every once in a while we need to be reminded of what we know is true. I’m really glad it helped!


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