Follow Your Passion – Keeping Up the Momentum

At the beginning when we start a new project, when we bring something new into being, we are full of energy and enthusiasm, we look forward so much to the time during the day when we’ll be working on our project. We may sometimes even skip meals because we are so focused. Nothing can stop us, we have momentum, we have force of movement.

However when we get a little way down the road we may start to lose the momentum, things happen which seem more important, maybe things haven’t gone quite the way we expected, criticism from external sources may have even kicked in by now and so self-doubt raises its ugly head. There are many things that can knock us off our path.

Success for most of us doesn’t happen overnight and there is a reason for this. Realising our dreams is a process because as we work on our passion we are slowly changing our mindset. We are changing our programming and taking control of our lives. Changing the way we think about ourselves isn’t easy after years of looking at ourselves and the world in a particular way.

The problem is that we may reach a certain point and not see any progress. We want evidence, it is human nature to want proof. If the progress isn’t evident then the doubts may start to creep in.

So a great way to keep the momentum going is to monitor your activities and check how many people are visiting your site. You’ll see that if you are posting regularly, publishing your posts on your social media sites, then your numbers go up. Remember statistics are not just numbers they are people who come by to see what’s going on, to read your blog post, watch your video or listen to your audio. People who think your work is worth their time. There is nothing more valuable (in my opinion) than the time someone spends in our company. Our time on the earth is limited so if someone spends even a few minutes on our site we should be honoured. Knowing this helps keep the momentum going. Each person that visits your site is important and makes what you do worthwhile.

The thing is we never know the true reach of what we write or say, just helping one person makes it all worthwhile in the big scheme of things. Blogs have their own statistics system or you can add google analytics, facebook provides your page with stats, the ‘insights’ in the admin dashboard. Bear in mind that even if you just help one person you have made a difference.

Building your mountain will take time and effort, keeping the momentum going is important and seeing your reach increase across the world is a real momentum booster.

Your audience is out there waiting to hear from you, be creative, be wonderful and be inspired.

Thanks for reading and thank you for your time.

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Follow Your Passion – You Just Have to Start

startOne of the definitions of ‘start’ is ‘come into being,’ what a lovely expression. Have you got something to want to ‘come into being’? Something you want to start, something you know you have to do, even want to do, but have been putting off? I think most of us have.

Getting our message out to the world can be a daunting task, there is so much to learn, so much to decide, set up and work on. It’s like moving house, you have a house full of stuff and you just don’t know where to start and when you do start it seems as if there is more to do than ever. I have a house full of 14 years of family life and somehow it all has to be sorted and packed up and out to somewhere else. I’ve got boxes in the attic with various labels, rubbish bags at the ready for paper, plastic and old clothes…… slowly I’m getting organised.

Everyday I go up there and sort through some stuff putting it in the various boxes and bags, a little bit everyday, hoping that soon it will start to look as if I’m getting somewhere.

We sat and only talked about the move for a long time because the actual task seemed too daunting to even start but unless you start somewhere you don’t get anywhere. So we got stuck in.

Back in March 2012 I noticed a few wobbly bits where before there were none, I had let my exercise routine slip over the years and now it was all catching up. The task ahead seemed long but I had to start, taking it one swim at a time. The first week I did 20 lengths, building up slowly each week adding a few lengths. It was spring and summer so swimming was really a pleasure. By autumn I was on 50 lengths minimum and this has continued. I keep 50 as my minimum sometimes I do more.

In winter it’s not so easy to get motivated in the morning and get myself to the pool. Standing in the water with 50 lengths to go is now not as daunting as it may have been a few months ago but 50 lengths is still 50 lengths and I have to start with one before I get to fifty.

This is why it’s important to start if you want to do anything, this may be obvious but we do tend to stall ourselves at times. I believe we were all born with a message to share with others, and we will not feel truly realised until we express that message as it is a part of who we are and what we came here to do.

You may already know what drives you, what gives you that passion for life, but have you really brought it into being yet, have you started to express who you are to the world?

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”        Zig Ziglar

How To Find Your Passion by Ben Rosenfeld

Fifteen Powerful Quotes ‘Follow Your Passion’

Don’t Let the Clock Stop Before You’re Done!

The Bournville Carillon - clock - Capre Diem

As I was having my cappuccino this morning the expression ‘Carpe Diem’ (Seize the Day) came to mind. The first time I came across this expression was at a particularly sad time for many people where I live. It was a few years ago, there was an earthquake which unfortunately took the lives of 28 people almost all children. There was a clock tower in the village where the tragedy happened. The clock had stopped at the exact time of the earthquake, at the bottom of the tower was a flower shop, the sign above the flower shop read ‘Carpe Diem.’

It seemed a rather solemn reminder of how suddenly life can change, how each moment is important because life on earth can end in the blink of an eye. We don’t often think about this but live as if we’ll live forever and have all the time in the world to fulfil our dreams. We do in fact have all the time in the world in a certain sense. I personally believe in reincarnation, my spiritual experiences have led me to the concept that we come back. So if we don’t get it right we can return and have another go, but there is a catch. We will not be the same person as we are now, our whole life experience and circumstances will be different.

This is why it is important to give it our best shot in the here and now, to be true to ourselves. It may be more difficult to truly live, it requires more energy and at times a little risk. Risk does not necessarily mean financial risk, but also the risk of standing out, of being criticised and even being laughed at. Truly living requires us to be us, intead of living behind a mask. Most of the time we are pleasantly surprised at the ease of which change happens once we are focused on who we are. Those things which we were nervous about just didn’t happen. It is also true that once we reach that place of truly being who we are we just aren’t concerned about what people may think anymore.

Enjoying life, enjoying what we do is a sign that we are truly living, by ‘enjoying’ I don’t mean a fleeting sense of enjoyment that disappears as quickly as it came. By ‘enjoying’ I mean a consistent feeling of joy in all we do. This is not always an easy place to reach with life being life and the difficulties and problems many of us have to face.

We can start to take small steps towards ‘living’ by doing something that uplifts us every day. Step back a minute out of your life and think about what uplifts you. It could be reading a book, writing a poem, going out for a coffee, a walk, a session at the gym or a swim. Take the time during your day to feel good.

Life is not too short, we are Life and we live in Eternity but our individual physical lives have a certain duration, our physical bodies, at the present time, don’t do Eternity. Honour who you are, take the time to be who you are now before this particular physical clock stops….. Carpe Diem.