What is the last thing on your mind before you fall asleep? Or when you have a lot of road time, what do you spend most of your time thinking about?
The reason I ask is because what people spend time and energy thinking about is usually what they are most passionate about. Yes, we can get consumed about “life” issues that take up a lot of our thoughts (worrying about kids, replaying embarrassing moments in our head). But with those things aside, what is usually on your mind? Are you aNxiOusLy brainstorming a new meal to cook that night? Envisioning the next vacation you want to take? Predicting how the sports season is going to turn out?
The cool thing about this question is that your answer may vary from year to year or even month to month. Want to know the most current thing “on my mind” these days? Interior design. I LOVE colors and furniture. I love changing the way a room looks and turning something junkie into something pretty. I can spend hours faNtiCiziNg about ways I could transform a space and can get lost in textures and fabrics.
Discover your hidden obsession by taking note of where your mind spends its time. Next, do something about it. I’m not saying you need to switch careers, but if you are only thinking of this great thing, why not take the first step and actually put it into practice. For me, it would be easy to find an excuse such as not having the funds or time to transform my house in the ways I’ve envisioned. BUT, in the meantime I can still get excited over small projects that don’t cost much and allow me to enjoy transforming a space or furniture piece.
If you can slowly act on these thoughts, you may find that they will become more and more of a reality. Five to six years ago I would daydream a lot about being my own boss. To my surprise, it soon became true and I’ve been living that dream for over 4 years. It didn’t happen overnight, but by actually applying some things on my mind, I ended up discovering new ways to make it happen.
Your passions may just be hobbies. They may turn into a career. They may be something that will make you money when you retire. You will never really know how they end up, but I can tell you one thing…they will always just be a dream if you don’t do anything more than that. And what fun is that when you could be LiViNg iT?!
Happy Dreaming ;)