Live What You Love
Ten Tips to LWYL
Living what you love is a mind-set. It’s an attitude. Approach life with a bit of idealism and the possibilities are endless.1) Have an Idea? Give it a Day - Identify your dreams. Allow your mind to discover your passions, consider the possibilities and identify what brings you joy, laughter and happiness. Have you ever spent a full day thinking about your dreams and goals? Have you ever given those dreams the focus and attention they deserve? Schedule a day to consider the possibilities. Remove yourself from telephones, e-mail and other distractions. Go for a drive in the country or a walk in the woods, but make sure it lasts a whole day.2) Prioritize - Living what you love does not always mean quitting your job and running off to paradise. Perhaps you sense that something is missing yet you aren’t looking for a major transformation. Maybe it’s as simple as figuring out a way to go horseback riding once a month or start writing a book you’ve been thinking about for years.Consider how you can squeeze a little more passion into your life. It’s usually just a matter of evaluating your priorities and coming up with a plan. Put your plan in writing and you’re on your way.3) Have Courage – Changes big and small involve some level of risk. It’s scary – even for us! But the path of least resistance usually offers the least reward. So, how do you find the courage to take a risk? If you think about it, the real risk is letting life steer itself. Have the courage to do something that makes you feel alive. Something that makes you grow, learn and discover new things. You will never know if you can do something until you try.4) Use Your Experiences – Life experiences have purpose, meaning and significance. You just have to stop, look, and examine what your own experiences can show you. Remember that no experience is required to gain experience. You just have to live with your eyes wide open so you don’t miss a thing. Think about experiences you’ve had or people you’ve met that may be helpful in making a change.5) Tie Your Dreams to Reality – Develop a step-by-step plan and your dream will start to feel more like reality. Do your homework and figure out exactly what needs to be done. Once you map out a path that feels right for you, you’ll be ready to take the first step. 6) Consider the Big 4 – There are four checkpoints that need to be in order … Passion, People, Environment and Money. Are you in the right location to follow your dream? Are you surrounding yourself with people who support you in your quest? Do you have the passion? Do you have the resources to make these adjustments? To move toward a life you love, all four of these need to be in place.7) Trust It or Adjust It – Feelings – instinct and intuition – should be at the core of your life. To succeed in living a life you love, you need to completely believe in what you are doing. Taking risks is easier when you believe in your decisions. If something doesn’t feel right, reevaluate the situation and adjust it. 8) If You Want It, Make It – Living what you love requires action. Action is the first step toward commitment to a project. It can turn your fear of change into excitement about your future. Each day is an opportunity to accomplish something, big or small, and each accomplishment adds to the rush of making it happen.9) Remember – The joy in living a life you love is remembering it. Material things come and go but the memory remains. Each day becomes a treasure if you live a life worth remembering. Reflect upon all of the memories you have created and see which ones stick out the most. Chances are, those will be the ones that guide you in the future.10) Live What You Love - Follow your heart. Follow your passion. Spend your time doing the things you really care about surrounded by people you love.