More motivation from Suzanne Lyons:
1) PASSION – WHAT IS IT?
Isn’t that a great question? Just the asking of it makes you stop and think. Jack Canfield defines passion as “something within you that provides the continual enthusiasm, focus, and energy you need to succeed.” The title of Gary Vaynerchuk’s first chapter of his book “Crush It! Cash in on Your Passion” is “Passion is Everything.” He is someone who lives it and makes millions doing so. But it’s not about the money; it’s about the love of doing what he loves to do.
2) IT’S TIME TO RE-PROGRAM
I think a sort of rewiring of our brains may be needed. We’ve been so programmed to work hard and put in long hours. We’ve been taught that struggle and effort is what is needed to succeed. Well, what if that wasn’t “the truth.” What if we could make a career of living happily ever after? Sound crazy? Well if you’re in a job doing what you’re not happy doing… isn’t that crazy!? In the Abraham-Hicks “Money and the Law of Attraction” book, they suggest a good career choice would be to gravitate toward those activities that harmonize with your core intentions. Time to re-program!
3) YOUR PURPOSE… YOUR VISION… YOUR FOCUS
The question to consider here is “what do I want and why do I want it?” Bob Proctor, author of “Create Your Own Economy” believes that “our purpose is our compass that keeps us on the path toward creating our economy.” He tells us never to settle for the ‘safe’ thing that will bring us money. I think we’ve lost touch with our purpose. We’ve gotten so lost in the day-to-day grind that we’ve become complacent and perhaps unconscious to our purpose. To break that habit I suggest you take some time to really look at what this is for you. What brings you joy?
4) HOW TO EARN MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Just start to give it some thought… what turns you on? What do you love to do? What do you daydream about doing if you could have life be any way you want? What are some of your interests that, when you talk about them, you get excited… really excited? What are your hobbies? Could one of your hobbies be turned into a business? If your career and money-making ventures were truly an expression of what makes you happy, what would that look like? What would that be?
5) WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOU?
What do you have to offer? What are your areas of knowledge and expertise? We all have specific talents. What are yours? For me, I love to teach. I’ve been a coach for 25 years and I’ve been in the entertainment industry even longer, so I’ve combined those two areas of expertise and turned them into a lucrative part-time job by teaching workshops on film producing, marketing oneself in the industry, etc. I have a colleague produce the seminars for me and a few weekends a year I get to teach what I love. I am doing what I love, making money doing it and I get to contribute to people’s lives and careers at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than that.
6) MAKE MONEY WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING
Even if you love what you’re doing and having a blast with your 9 to 5 job, you may still want to make a little extra money (or a lot!). If so, then creating ‘multiple streams of income’ is something to consider. I meet with 3 girlfriends for breakfast every two months to brainstorm ideas for our own multiple streams of income (also referred to as MSI). We’ve been doing this for two years and we’re all making money from various income streams. I’ve been creating and selling a series of booklets and audio tapes related to the industry and having so much fun doing it. I highly recommend that you take a look at adding some MSI to your life. Just for fun… and the money is not bad either!
7) GET SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY
My social media consultant is a young guy in his 20s with a passion for movies and video games. A couple of years ago he started doing short YouTube Vlogs with his flip phone camera sharing his knowledge, reviews and tips on both subjects. Within 6 months he had a following and it’s still growing, now well into thousands of hits. He became a Google Partner and is making amazing money doing what he loves and it takes about 10 minutes of his time every week! Gary Vaynerchuk says if you love tea, you can make some serious cash sharing your love, passion, ideas, etc. about tea by creating “a tea blog” online. “Educate and entertain the masses,” he says, “and there will be an enormous opportunity to be in serious business.”
8) HAVE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET:
Do you feel passionate enough about your dream to follow the journey to the end without giving up? That’s the question Debbie Allen asks in her book “Empowered Entrepreneurship.” If you’re even thinking about turning your passion into prosperity, you want to (need to) learn to think like an entrepreneur. There really is a certain mindset that goes with the territory. The good news: it’s something that can be learned and it’s something we all can do.
9) THE POWER OF BRANDING:
Branding is a word we hear constantly these days. I’m even getting into the act by creating my personal brand. All my social media presence has a consistent look to it now. Even my business cards have the color scheme and photo that is used in my online presence. I’m just learning as I go along and I’m loving it. As Debbie Allen says “Branding plants the ideas of your business in the consumer’s head and lets them understand your business.” So give some thought to this very important business tool as you turn your passion into a business.
10) YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE:
Outsourcing is also something being done more and more these days. I thought it was for big corporations but I’m learning that we can all take advantage of this amazing time-saver. I recommend you read Tim Ferris’s book “The 4-Hour Work Week.” Tim talks a lot about outsourcing. If there are certain aspects of your job that can be outsourced, do it! Turning your passion into prosperity isn’t supposed to be like taking on a second job. It’s not about stress, struggle, and sacrifice. Don’t even go there. It’s about having fun while you’re making money, so look to see what part of your job can be outsourced.
Don’t be a wage slave. We’ve all heard the expression, “live to work, don’t work to live.” Well, where is your focus, on money or on passion? In Joe Vitale’s book “The Attractor Factor”, he talks about a study that was done with 1,500 people. Category A said they would pursue money first and do what they really wanted to do later. Over 1,245 people chose that category. Category B, made up of 255 people, said they would seek their interest first and trust that money would follow later. Twenty years later there were 101 millionaires… 100 of which were from Category B. Pretty amazing!