Pursuing Your Passion: An Endurance Race
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
What just happened?
I looked up from my computer and suddenly it is October. And I realized, we are in the home stretch – the final quarter – of the Passion Challenge 2015. My knee-jerk reaction is to panic: I set a list of goals for myself way back in January, and now we are only three months away from my self-imposed deadline.
And there’s still so much left to do.
Yet this sense of panic is soon replaced by a sense of peace. Real life change -- pursuing new careers, new relationships, new hobbies, new health goals – does not occur overnight. In most instances, it is more like a marathon than a sprint. I should know. It took me close to five years to earn an MBA while working full time, five years to earn a doctorate while working full time, several years to grow my business and decades to evolve into an effective professor and motivational speaker. It is rare, indeed, for success to occur overnight.
So at this stage of the Passion Challenge 2015, three quarters into the year, take a moment to look at all YOU have accomplished at this point in the “marathon.”
Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back if you:
· Set ANY type of goal this year to move you to a happier, more fulfilled place in your life.
· Took the very first steps to make that goal a reality, such as enrolling in a class or program, researching new career opportunities or reaching out to others who could help you fulfill your dreams.
· Finally stopped making excuses for not moving forward in your life, and took the tentative first steps to achieve something more.
· Overcame the fear, lack of self-confidence, negative voices of others or tendency to procrastinate and finally made a commitment TO YOURSELF to follow your heart.
Once you take the time to celebrate these successes, the next step is to evaluate how far you’ve come, and what still needs to be done. How much can you accomplish by December 31? If your progress falls short of your overall goals, don’t beat yourself up. Always remember that you can roll it into the next phase: the Passion Challenge 2016.
This week, take a moment to review your successes and revise your plans as we move to the end of the year. And while you may feel exhausted and sometimes frustrated, scared and sometimes lost, remember that this is a journey – your journey.
Time passes, whether you are pursuing your passion or not. Why not make every day count? It is a gift we owe to ourselves.
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at www.loribakerschena.com