Have you ever lost your keys, or something else important? We’ve all been there. We all eventually find our keys again (in the last place we looked!). We swear not to lose them again. But a few years go by, we forget about the incident, and we let our guard down bit by bit—and we’ll lose our keys again.
Passion works in exactly the same way. If you think that you can put it on autopilot once you’ve found your passion, you’re wrong. That’s not the point! Life is better in many ways with your passion in it, yes—but like all important things in life, your passion has to be maintained and nurtured. If you do keep it alive, however, you will reap the benefits for life.
Just like in a relationship, you have to keep investing in order to continue to see continued results—you can’t rest on your laurels! But the good news is that if it is truly your passion, you won’t find these simple steps difficult to take.
Here are three simple ways to keep your passion going strong even through the hard times, so its rewards compound long-term in your life.
1. Make time for your passion
Sometimes, life just gets in the way. But when it comes to your passion, it’s not going to continue to thrive and develop unless you give it the time of day. Take a look at your calendar. Block of certain sacred blocks of time that you will devote exclusively to your passion. When the time comes, don’t put it off! Dive right into the activity itself. Even if it doesn’t feel exactly right, just go through the motions. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can get back into the groove.
“I don’t have a predictable schedule,” you might say. “I can’t plan ahead like that.” If this is the case for you, then yes: You have it harder than others who can plan. However, this doesn’t let you off the hook. Instead of setting a specific time in your calendar, you need to set a minimum number of hours per week spent on your passion, and give yourself several options for how to complete it. For example, if you want to spend at least 10 hours a week on your passion, you can split it into 2 hours per day for 5 days, or you can do 5 hours for 2 days. See what I mean? Just because your schedule is unpredictable doesn’t mean that you can’t make time for something that’s important to you. You just have to adapt.
2. Get buy-in from the people in your life
It can be much harder to continue pursuing your passion if the people in your life don’t approve or don’t really care about it. If you care about it so much, and they care about you, they should care about your passion, too! The key here is to get them bought in to you pursuing your passion. Even if they don’t care about it as much, they should want to see you happy and thriving. If they don’t want that either, well, then there are some other issues to deal with. Deal with them. Support the other person in their passions too! Show them what it feels like to have support in pursuing something you’re passionate about. That will help them to conduct themselves the same way.
At the end of the day, when you have the support of your loved ones to pursue your passion, it can make things worlds easier. This is not a step easily skipped if you want your passion to last through life’s ups and downs.
3. Always have a goal to work toward
The ultimate way to keep the passion alive is to keep working toward something. Even if you attain your goal, create a new one, and work towards that! There is nothing as motivating as the ability to keep improving, continuously, day after day, week after week.
For instance, let’s say your passion is tennis. If you don’t play professionally, it can seem like there are no goals, no rules, nothing to compete in and nothing to really motivate you to keep moving forward with it. But that’s not true. Isn’t any domain, tennis included, full of ways to improve, ways to move forward, new levels to attain? You could improve your serve speed, for instance—that will get you out practicing your serve each week. You could find a player who is better than you and try to improve your score against them each time you play. You might even start to beat them!
There is nothing more satisfying that leading a life of continuous learning, continuous improvement, and continuous growth. Plus, you get to have an ever-evolving relationship with something that you love to do. The hard thing for some to wrap their heads around is that they won’t always have the same relationship to their passion that they started out having. But that’s kind of the point. This is an epic adventure you’re on, not a static story played on repeat. Things will change, and you’ll change with them. But I promise you that if you take an approach of continuous growth, you will discover new and untapped sources of joy from your passion as you go.
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