Everybody has something to say. If you feel that there are obstacles blocking you from achieving success, you’re not alone. Most people find it easier to daydream about their passion than to actually pursue it. Here’s how get over those obstacles.
1. There isn’t enough time.
Everyone has the same hours in each day. Pursuing your passion isn’t about having more time, it’s about making the most of the time you have. When you only focus on the things that matter, you’ll manage to fit everything in. Think of the 80/20 rule, which says that most things in life aren’t evenly distributed. What can you work on for 20% of the time that will make an 80% change?
2. There isn’t enough money.
For starters, there’s plenty of advice out there about managing your money, so if you’re having trouble budgeting or saving, educate yourself about money management. Also, practice paying yourself first. Keep 15% of each paycheck for yourself. If you’re working toward being able to pursue your passion, put that money away until you’ve saved some up.
3. You don’t have tons of ideas.
At times, you won’t have many great ideas, which is especially daunting if your passion is creative. When this happens, it’s important to get out and live. When you do new things, meet new people, explore, learn, and experience life, you’ll be inspired to create. For some inspiration, check out Stephen A Wynn’s slides.
4. You’re in this alone.
Often, passions are solo work, which can make it difficult to move forward when the going gets rough. Creativity can be lonely and isolation can hinder a person’s productivity. Luckily, there are a lot of creative people in the world and there are plenty of ways to connect with them. Connect with the people you admire on social media, attend meet-ups and networking events, and be approachable whenever you’re out and about.
5. You doubt yourself.
A lot of people feel that they’re not good enough at whatever they want to do. “I’m not good enough!” is a very dangerous sentence. Don’t underestimate your voice. Don’t assume that you have to be the very best at your craft in order to pursue it. If everyone believed their negative self-talk, nobody would move forward with their amazing ideas.
6. Your work isn’t getting attention right away.
When you pursue a passion, you’re vulnerable. The process is more important than the result. Engage with other people and eventually they’ll notice your work.
Consider the tasks that are wasting your time. Stop getting caught up in nonessential parts of the everyday. Learn how to prioritize. You’ll begin to find room for your passions and you’ll be a happier person overall.