11 Eye-Opening Lessons You Will Learn Once You Follow Your Passion

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1. It’s about your own path.

This is one of the ironies of life. We’re all interconnected and dependent on each other. Other people aren’t in our lives by accident. They teach us and help us grow.

But at the end of the day, your path is about you. You cannot stop or give up your dreams because of someone else. Your path is all about you! 

Others can inspire you and help you get where you want to go. But you have to set the tone and direction. So if you want to stay in your comfort zone because of your spouse, parent, colleagues, or friends, then you are playing it safe for the wrong reasons.

I used to feel trapped in certain relationships until I learned that my life is about me. Not them. They’re just passengers. What do you want from your life?

2. Life is short.

When I admitted to myself what I wanted to be doing (despite what I studied and was “supposed” to be doing), I realized how many fun things I missed in my life.

I look back, and I see many missed opportunities. We can all fill our days with some magic and depth if we choose to. Life really feels short if you let it slip through your fingers.

3. There is no security.

Often we choose not to follow our passions and dreams because of some safety net. It can be your job, your relationship, your friends, or your parents. We have a false sense of security.

But regardless of where you are or who you are with, it can all change within seconds. Life always changes. You’re the only constant in your life.

Undoubtedly, being an entrepreneur includes many unknowns. The biggest risk to me is when you don’t act on what you want because of some false perception that someone or something will save you and take care of you.

4. You have to learn to make decisions.

You might not have anyone to discuss your decisions with. And that’s a good thing!

I’ve learned that the best decisions I’ve made were those I made alone. It makes sense. Deep inside we always feel what the best decision is but we might not take it because we think that someone else knows better.

They might know better, but they don’t walk in your shoes. Your life path is unique.

5. Life before was like a long slumber.

Do you know the feeling when you do “normal” daily things, but you feel dead inside? Just because we’re breathing and going to work or school doesn’t mean that we are alive. You and I both know it.

We can pretend that it’s fine. That this is enough for us. We can just get by somehow. But when we’re alone, just with ourselves, and we look into our eyes, we know that we’re just shaming ourselves.

Before I began to wake up in 2011, I felt I was sleeping. Everything was kind of fine, but it wasn’t “it.”

Are you still sleeping?

6. People in your life will change. Entirely.

Our friends are a reflection of where we are. When we’re depressed and think about life as difficult, we attract like-minded people.

Naturally, when we begin to step into our true selves, these people have to go. We don’t find the same things entertaining as before.

More than complaining about life, we want to know how we can do and be more. When this happens to you, please, just let them go. For me, everyone has opened doors both ways. In and out. Is there anyone you know who is dragging you down?

7. The sky is the limit.

Acting on your life purpose and passions open a doorway for more inspiration and possibilities. It changes our mindset from I can’t do it or it’s too complicated to wow, how can I make this happen, what else can I be doing? 

We can only do what we believe we can. I can guarantee you that when you begin to follow your passion, then a whole new universe opens for you. And then another one. And another. It never stops.

This is called becoming more conscious – you become aware of the possibilities that you never realized before.

8. Following your passion helps you grow.

I’ve always been self-conscious, and growth has been my primary goal. Yet following my passion has taken my growth to an entirely new level.

Everything has sped up. Each new idea opens a new learning curve for me. This is what fascinates me about life. We can grow so much if we want to.

9. You have to learn to be brutally honest with yourself.

You know, sometimes we lie to ourselves. Because if we were honest about what we wanted, we’d have to change our lives. Or at least some parts of it. And that is very scary!

Actually, it is so scary that many people choose to live in lies and illusions forever. And I get it! I used to be one of them.

But I’ve learned that if I lie to myself, I’m the only person losing. What are the life areas you choose to lie to yourself about?

10. You have to conquer your fears.

This has been the biggest lesson so far. We don’t even know how many limiting beliefs and patterns we have until we begin to admit them. Everything in life is about the right mindset. There resides the difference between a happy, fulfilling life and survival.

The only person who can stop you is you. With your fears and negative thoughts.

11. You are going to inspire others.

Just as Gandhi said; Be the change you want to see in the world. This isn’t a cliché, it’s true.

If you want to help your family and people you care about, be the source of love and inspiration for them. You’ll make them think, and you’ll teach them by being you that they can do it, too. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

I’m a spiritual life coach, TEDx speaker, and author. Embody Your Soul

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