“There has got to be more to life than this”. This was a statement I made not too long ago when I was at the beginning of yet another 60-hour workweek at a corporate job that I had absolutely no passion for. When I got home it was about 10:00 PM and I knew I had to be up at 5:45 AM the next day but I didn’t care. I didn’t want to feel this way anymore and I was determined to find an answer.
I began to search for work-life balance on Google, looking for anything that I might be able to do outside of work that would wash away the negative energy from my workweek. I was frantically clicking on every article looking for something that would give me the magic answer I was looking for. All I found on the first few pages were suggestions such as “work out” and “maintain a healthy diet”, and to those articles I replied out loud, “no shit”.
It wasn’t until the 4th page on Google that I stumbled upon a site called zenhabits.net, and an article written by Leo Babauta about work-life balance, that I found what I was really looking for. One sentence in particular seemed to slap me right in the face and wake me up, “The first thing to point out is that work isn’t separate from life — it’s a part of it.” When I read this I immediately realized how ridiculous what I was trying to do was. I was telling myself, “It’s ok to be miserable at work, just find something fun to do outside of it and keep it going for the next 40 years.”
I knew I had to take action but I didn’t know what action to take until that same site, zenhabits.net, directed me to a course about finding your passion and finding a way to turn it into a career. I was directed to liveyourlegend.net, created by Scott Dinsmore, and a course called “Live off Your Passion”(affiliate link, I will be paid a percentage if you sign up for the course through this link).
I watched the intro video which notified me that “the sleep walking was over”, a perfect description of what it felt like I had been doing. I was sold and I immediately started getting to work. In my spare time it was all I did for the next few weeks, I even took it on the bus with me.
From the beginning I knew I wanted to help people and that I enjoyed personal development, it has always been a driving factor in my life, but I didn’t know in what way. For one of the “Passion Actions” it was suggested that you ask 5 people from different areas of your life a number of questions about you, (one of which was “what is something they have always thought you would be good at?”).
This was when it hit me. Four out of the five people suggested life coach/counselor and the fifth simply had “coach”. As soon as I read this I knew it was what I had been searching for and I knew I had to take action on it.
After deciding that I wanted to become a life coach I started to research the career as thoroughly as possible. I wanted to find out if there were certification programs offered, what the best way to build a business as a Life Coach was and what kinds of seminars and resources were available to improve my skills as a coach.
I recommend researching anything before you get started in it, because often times the way we think something will be and how it actually is are two totally different things. After researching a few different places I found one certification course in particular that seemed to fit my style best and I registered for the course. I dove in headfirst and spent all of my time on it until I completed it and passed my certification exam.
Other things that I did to improve myself and my skills as a life coach include attend seminars for coaching, become a certified practitioner of NLP, read as many personal development books and coaching books as I could get my hands on, attend Tony Robbin’s “Unleash the Power Within” and walk on fire, took multiple courses on how to help me build my blog as well as my coaching business, and worked for free to practice my skills.
The reason I am sharing all these things that I have done in order to get to this point, is to let you know that it does require some hard work to turn your passion into a career, but it has been totally worth it. When you find what it is you really want to do I highly recommend immersing yourself in it fully in order to become as knowledgeable as you possibly can, and to give yourself the best chance for success. I also recommend joining the community and sharing your story with me
This is what led me here, to build Eyes on the Rise and become a Life Coach. I have decided that working with young professionals and helping them find what really matters to them in their careers, relationships and in life in general is my true passion.
Everyday is now a gift where I get to do something that I love, and my hope is that I will make the world a better place as a result of it. I highly recommend checking out the links I have attached, as they have had a huge impact on my life. At the very least I recommend that you find what life is all about for you and start living it every day, you won’t regret it!
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