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A Simple Guide to Find Your Passion (And Building a Business Around It)

A Simple Guide to Find Your Passion (And Building a Business Around It)

Have you ever wanted to live life on your own terms?

Have you thought about going after what you truly feel called to do, but not done it?

You’re not alone.

We’re all in the same boat. We’re here for a reason. And what excites you is trying to pull you in the right direction.

But so often we resist.

We’re scared, worried, and most of all, overwhelmed.

Going after something meaningful takes courage. The fear will never go away. And the uncertainty will always be there. Those are not bad things.

They’re good, because they mean you’re on the right track. When you’re both excited and scared, you’re doing well.

What is Passion Anyway?

The term passion has been thrown around a lot lately.

To me it simply means doing something you enjoy right now. It doesn’t mean you have to be 110% passionate about whatever you’re doing, all the time. It simply means that there is a certain amount of excitement in your life.

If you’d like to use another term for passion, by all means do so. The word itself has no meaning. What’s important is what the word is pointing to, which is the feeling of joy.

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For the sake of this article, I’ll stick with the word passion.

Why Should You Find Your Passion?

When you find and follow your passion, things change.

When you let go of living a “logical” life, you free yourself up to let life unfold.

You let go of trying to control every little detail, because in reality, you’ve never been in control. Trying to mold the external world to your liking doesn’t work, which is why it leaves you exhausted.

Finding your passion makes life easier, but it will also make it harder. Going after something meaningful is scary. It takes time. But it is also well worth it. I started on this path over five years ago. I stumbled, failed, and gave up many times.

Today, I get paid to do what I love.

I can do what I want, when I want and from where I want. It still amazes me to this day.

The 3 Pillars to Finding Your Profitable Passion

Finding your passion is tough. When you try to find a profitable passion, it becomes even harder.

Almost everyone has money issues. What I mean is that we view money negatively, and when you bring that into the passion equation, everything breaks down.

This is not an article about dealing with your beliefs about money, but it is something you should pay attention to on this path. There are three main pillars I work with when I help people find their profitable passion.

1. Excitement

The first one is excitement. What do you feel excited about doing?

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What do you feel passionate about?

Don’t try to overanalyze or think too much about the future. No one can predict the future. There’s no use in trying to control it.

Focus on what your feelings are telling you, and go from there.

2. Skills

The next step is to look at your skills. What are you good at?

Think broadly. If you’ve worked in an office as a secretary for 10 years, you may think you have no skills.

But think about what you were really good at. Were you a Jedi at organizing things? Were you amazingly productive?

Then dive deeper into those. There’s so much for you to discover, if you just let yourself play with this. If you’re currently in school or just out of college, look at your life experiences. What have been the common themes?

3. Demand

And finally, in order to create a profitable business around your passion, there has to be demand.

Look at what’s already out there. If you’re into productivity, there are a lot of things you could do. You could help businesses become more productive.

You could help regular people simplify their life. It all depends on where excitement, skill and demand intersect. And remember, if you don’t have any skills, get some.

Leave the excuses behind.

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The Mistake People Make

Right about now most of my clients get overwhelmed.

They feel like they could never do this.

The reason they feel overwhelmed is because they’re trying to figure it out. Stop doing that. Let the future be uncertain. The only thing you have to do is take the next step, which is to figure out what you’re excited about.

If you don’t know, then it doesn’t matter what you do. Figuring out what you don’t want to do is as useful as figuring out what you want to do.

Follow the excitement.

Follow your heart.

And remember to breathe. This is not an easy journey.

The Anti-Quick Fix Mindset

Don’t try to force clarity.

Let life unfold in whatever way it does.

You can only do what you can do. I’ve learned this the hard way.

I’ve always wanted to make things happen now, but it seems the universe doesn’t quite bend to my will, yet. I’ve had to adapt. I’ve had to learn to be more open. To accept how things are. And deal with them.

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If you’re just starting out on this journey, let the struggle be okay. Embrace your fears, worries and all the wanting to figure things out.

All the wanting to get it perfect.

What Now?

You’ll never get it perfect.

And you’ll never get rid of the fear. Not until you start.

If you want to find your passion and build a business around it, your next step is simple: move forward. If you haven’t found your passion, start following your excitement.

If you know what you’re passionate about, find a way to blend it with your skills and market demand.

In short, take the next step, wherever you are.

Excuses will pop up. Fears will try to hold you down. But you have to be relentless.

You have to keep going.

You can live a life on your own terms. But you have to be willing to take the first step.

Featured photo credit:  young woman sitting on a rock on a hill and taking pictures with a camera via Shutterstock

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7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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