‘The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.’ Mitch Albom
Creating legacy and finding your passion
In creating legacy, it is important that you find and pursue your true passion. So many of us delude ourselves into following the deferred life plan until it is too late to do anything about what fills our life with meaning, and turning that into a legacy.
Here are 12 tips that will help you pursue your passion while creating legacy:
1. Don’t just daydream. Pursuing your passion is hard work, it’s not just about having fancy daydreams about how nice it would be if you could do such-and-such instead of living the deferred life plan. Once you have found your passion, you need to start taking action. There are never any perfect circumstances for taking the first steps. Just make the best of your current circumstances here and now, don’t wait until it is too late.
2. Find role models. Look for role models to see how they stood up to others for their passion, how they got started, and how they overcame the barriers that stood in their way. By reading their story, you will find pragmatic solutions to your problems, but you’ll also find comfort that others went through the same difficulties as you.
3. Perceive obstacles as tests. You may find that people (especially loved ones) are preventing you from pursuing your passion, maybe because it is too risky. Or you may find other kinds of obstacles blocking your way. If so, try to see these obstacles as testing your resolve. Show them how determined you are through your actions, and eventually they’ll relinquish their resistance.
4. Beware of the cul-de-sac. You don’t need to overcome all the obstacles in your way – some you can simply ignore. In particular, don’t go down a cul-de-sac thinking you have to pass through; learn to spot these from a distance, and avoid at all costs.
5. Stick to your guns. Some people are very good at making us believe their particular view of the world, and live by it. For example, I know someone who keeps telling me that life is unfair and that we are condemned to do stuff we hate most of our lives. The thing is, because this is what they believe, this is how they live. Beware living according to other people’s worldview. Generate your own truths according to the kind of life you want to live.
6. Use positive self-fulfilling prophecies. If you believe good things will happen to you, then they will. Use self-fulfilling prophecies to your advantage.
7. Embrace positive thinking. Learn to see opportunities rather than downsides in everything that happens to you.
8. Trust in providence. When you truly want something, the whole universe is conspiring to help you. You just have to know what you really want, and go after it with all your energy.
9. Keep up your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is contagious; others will soon come to see just how important it is for you to pursue your passion, and they’ll start helping you out.
10. Don’t be afraid to experiment with lots of different things. It’s worth spending as much time as possible to make sure you’ve found your true passion before embarking on a legacy project.
11. Once you have found your true passion, focus. Of course, you should still engage in Renaissance thinking, but your main aim should now be to make as much progress as possible on your legacy projects.
12. Don’t confuse passion with drive. You can have drive for succeeding with the deferred life plan, but passion is about what makes your heart sing. Just because you can rustle up the drive to do something doesn’t mean you’re passionate about it. Understand the difference and learn to see it within yourself.
What about you? Do you have any other tips that will help legacy creators pursue their passion? I need more ideas!
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