This was a blog post from my husband Tom Henell as part of the Care feeding of a Dream Series. I thought I would add Yokoo’s video. Clearly she is passionate about the act of working and creating.
If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, you must check out Monica’s Smart Creative Dreaming. I know my opinion is biased, but it’s excellent. It really talks about embracing your dream and nurturing it to expand and come to life. But, what if you don’t know what your dream is? Or, what if the dream you think is yours doesn’t seem to be coming together? How do you know you are on the right track? As a former business colleague once told me, “If you are on the wrong train, every stop is the wrong one”.
I have an easy two-step question that will help you out. I call it the Lottery Test, and it goes like this…
If you won the lottery (and, we’re talking THE lottery…enough money that you didn’t have to worry about anything) what would you do tomorrow?
Now, I’m not talking the initial splurges. Would you still create the same art/product that you are doing now? Or, do you create something currently because you think that’s what you should, and your real passion is something/somewhere else? Maybe you’d do something completely different than what you are doing now. Your real passion may be to write a book, or teach dance lessons (personally, I am king of the kitchen dance in our house and do a mean running man, and several other 80’s dance moves).
Again the point is, if it was totally your choice, how would you spend your time?
The second part of the question is this…Why aren’t you doing that thing now?
If your real passion is different than what you are currently doing every day, what is stopping you from pursuing it? The idea is to identify, and eliminate, those obstacles that prevent you from truly pursuing your passion. Some of these may be valid obstacles, but how many are created in your own mind? How many can you push aside and really start pursing your passion today. I’ve been called an idealist (I consider it a compliment…thank you) but I do believe if you do what you love, the money will follow. And, if the money doesn’t follow, well at least you are still doing what you love.
We only live once (unless you’re a practicing Buddhist…which transcends into a whole other blog) and it would be a shame to spend your life not pursuing your true passion and living up to your potential.
If you win the lottery this weekend I imagine you’ll wake up Monday morning with a smile on your face…why not decide right now to do that anyway? Oh, and if you do when the lottery, don’t forget who encouraged you today!