How To Make Your Passion Your Paycheck
I’m a writer. It’s who I am. Writing is my passion and my purpose. It’s what I believe I was born to do. After I graduated college with my journalism degree, I would literally spend most of my time at my day job dreaming about the day that I could finally quit and get paid to write full-time. Seriously, it’s all I thought about. Obsessed is an understatement.
I had no idea how I was going to turn my passion into my paycheck. I just knew I wasn’t going to stop hustling until it was my reality and that’s exactly what I did. This is something I’m so deeply passionate about. I believe it’s everyone’s birthright to do something that they love for a living.
We’re not meant to be stuck at soul-sucking jobs that we hate. That’s not living. That’s surviving. That’s tolerating suffering. We are meant to use our gifts and skills and share them with the world. We are meant to actually enjoy, love, and be totally obsessed with our work. That is living your best life.
I heard Danielle LaPorte say this once: “If it doesn’t light you up, you’re not the right person for the job.” I couldn’t agree more.
If you’re currently stuck at a job that doesn’t light you up, keep reading for my top four tips for making your passion your paycheck because life’s just too freaking short to not be doing the things you love. You deserve to live your best and most delicious life and that includes having a kickass job that brings you joy.
Get Really Clear on Your Vision
We’re starting off with manifesting 101 because you can’t get where you want to be if you don’t know where you’re going. You have to get really super freaking clear about the passion you want to turn into your paycheck.
If you want to start a business, get really clear about what that business is and what it looks like. How exactly is your business going to make money? How do you want your business to feel?
Then tap into why you want to turn this passion into your paycheck. What’s driving you? How will having it change your life and the lives of others?
Getting really clear on why you want it is crucial because your why is what fuels you forward. Your why is what gives you the strength, the courage, and the motivation to keep going until it’s your reality.
Own the Magnificence of Your Work
The world will not believe in your work if you don’t believe in your work. What you have to offer is special and it matters. Own it. Take pride in it.
We all have beautiful gifts. Every single one of us and it is our purpose to use them and to share them. That is why we were put here on Earth. Not sharing them is a disservice to the world. Your work isn’t just about you. It’s much bigger than that. It’s about the people you can touch and the lives you can change.
Affirmations are awesome for helping you gain confidence in your work because they help you shift your energy and your belief. Affirm that your work is awesome over and over and over again until you believe it and until confidence is just oozing out of you.
But more importantly, you gain confidence in your work when you just do the freaking work. The more you do it, the better you’ll get and the more confident you’ll become.
Another quick tip for getting super confident fast: Imagine your future self. Imagine her being super successful making tons of money doing something she loves. How does she feel? How does she think? How does she carry herself? How confident is she about her work? Step into her shoes. Begin to embody her and you will become her.
Related: 5 Ways to Unleash Your Magnificence
Start Taking Action Now
Your dream business isn’t going to fall out of the sky. No one is going to change your life and career for you. The universe is magical but you still have to meet it half way. You still have to show up and actually do the work to get there. Actually take the steps towards starting your dream business. Do what you gotta do to make it happen.
The thing that gets so many people stuck is that they don’t know how to turn their passion into their paycheck. Reality check: No one in the history of life knew exactly how they were going to make their dream a reality.
The how is not for you to worry about. You don’t need to have the entire plan laid out from start to finish in order to start moving forward. All you need to know is the next step. As you start moving forward, the steps will be revealed to you. You’ll be guided along the way–always. It’s all about taking those little baby steps every single day and being fully committed to the vision.
Believe You Can Do It
The thing that holds so many people back from turning their passion into their paycheck is believing that they can actually do it. The universe will only deliver what you believe is possible for you.
When you believe it all the way to your core, it has to happen. When you believe it deeply and feel like it’s already yours, you become and vibrational match for it and it has to show up. That is the universal law of attraction.
Again, you don’t have to know exactly how it’s going to happen. That’s not your job. Your job is to believe you can have it, believe that it is already yours, and work your booty off to get it.
Journaling is my personal favorite tool for manifesting and shifting into a deep sense of belief. I literally created my dream job in my journal. Seriously though.
Back when I desperately wanted to ditch my 9 to 5, I was searching high and low for a job in the editorial industry. I went tons of interviews and nothing was happening so I signed up for an internship with a local fashion site just so I could be in the practice of writing.
As luck would have it, an editor position opened up during my time there. I knew I didn’t have the necessary experience for it at the time but I didn’t care. I applied anyway. I literally had nothing to lose.
Long story short, after weeks of declaring what I wanted in my journal, shifting my energy to believe that the job was already mine, and fully surrendering my desire to the universe, I didn’t get the job.
BUT, something far more magical happened. They actually created a brand new fashion editor position just for me that was more aligned with my level of experience at the time. I couldn’t believe it! I was in complete awe. It was clear evidence of a higher power working its magic.
When you believe it and feel it deeply, the universe will swoop in and make some really cool things happen for you. Things you couldn’t even possibly imagine happening.
Whatever your passion is, give it up to the universe. Pray for guidance on how you can turn it into your paycheck. Believe with everything you have that it is already yours and it will be.