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10 Ways To Get Started With A Life Of Passion

10 Ways To Get Started With A Life Of Passion
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We all want to live lives of passion, but getting there can be tough. If you want to wake up every morning energized and ready to set the world on fire by doing what you love, read on to learn 10 ways to get started with a life of passion.

1. Put Yourself Out There

To pursue a life of passion you need to put yourself out there. Volunteer for opportunities that come your way. Put your hand up for new experiences. Challenge yourself. By putting yourself out there, you’ll open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities and ways to live a passionate life every day.

2. Connect With Others Who Share Your Passion

Reach out to people who share your passion and get to know them. Surrounding yourself with passionate people will put you in an “anything is possible” mind frame and make achieving your life of passion that much easier. There’s a old adage that says “you’re the sum of the five people closest to you.” Make sure you’re surrounded by other people who are living out their passions and soon, you will be too.

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3. Bring Passion Into Your Daily Life Bit by Bit

It doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing approach. If you’re ready to start living your life with passion, you can start today by making small changes to your day-to-day routine. Start living your passion in a small way today, and continue to add pieces of what you love. With every week that passes, you’ll be getting closer to living the life you dream of.

4. Know Yourself

Before you can get started, you need to know yourself first. Get to know what you love doing, what gives you natural energy, and conversely, what pulls you down and drains you. By knowing yourself, you’ll know whether the passion you are pursuing is the right thing for you.

5. Start Taking Action

Nothing great ever happened without big action! Start taking action today to take a step in the right direction toward your dreams. It might be as simple as doing some online research, enrolling in an art class or sending out some emails about volunteering with a local community group. Whatever it is, take that first step today.

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6. Make Your Passion Part of Your Identity

To start living a life of passion, you need to identify with it deep inside too. There’s no point in pursuing things that are only surface deep, so make sure your passion is something that deeply resonates with you inside and out first.

7. Put Yourself First

It’s a wonderful thing to put others first, but sometimes you need to put yourself first. Of course some things like supporting your family and being there for your friends are essential, but in other areas of your life, you can cut back on your unnecessary obligations to make time for what’s important. Carve time out of your weekly schedule for pursuing your passions and little by little, you will get there.

8. Take a Risk

Sometimes to achieve a goal, you need to take a risk. It might be as simple as reaching out to a new person or as crazy as quitting your day job. It’s important to think through the crazier risks before you take them and make sure you can make it work practically as well. That being said, sometimes you just need to go for it. You’ll know when the time is right.

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9. Keep Up the Momentum

Keep your momentum going by doing something to get closer to your passion-filled life every single day. Some days are busier than others, so naturally not every day will be a haven of productivity and goals being achieved. That said, every day, no matter how busy you are, do one thing to move closer towards achieving your goals.

10. Believe in Yourself

More important than anything, you need to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either, so it all has to start with you! Believe in the power of your dreams and know that although the road might be long, you will get there.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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