If we already have a concrete feeling about what exactly we would like to do, then it is much easier for us. What remains is the implementation of the basic points of project management, i.e. setting realistic long-term and smaller short-term goals, daily schedule of tasks, monitoring of progress and, of course, the necessary technical preparation at the very beginning. (Of course, I know that it is not so simple here either and I will probably refer to it in one of the next texts).
But what if we don’t know what to put our hands in at all? And here, I have to make it clear that I don’t mean a situation where we don’t even know what our passion is yet. I know that a lot of people are struggling with that too. But I’d rather relate today to the situation when we have too many different ideas. We know already what we are passionate about, but we don’t really know how to “bite” it, what to concentrate on, whether to do everything at once or maybe let something go and so on. So we already have specific passions, or their “seeds”, but we don’t quite know how to weave them into our lives. Maybe we are also thinking about whether these passions can give us money and how to do it. Or maybe we don’t even know yet whether we would like this passion to bring us an income and maybe it is still “only” a form of self-fulfilment outside of work. In my case, it was and still is complicated by the fact that I have many different strong passions and also not always in overlapping areas. I will describe here my example to give you a more concrete picture of it and maybe it will also allow you to relate more easily to this problem.
Since I was a child, I have had a lot of interests, what I undoubtedly owe to my parents, thanks to whom I was able to participate in a variety of additional activities, from playing the keyboard at the age of 5 to art classes, ski school, trips to the mountains, traveling and sightseeing, learning several foreign languages, swimming lessons, playing the clarinet, saxophone, choir (the latter activities within the music school), all kinds of vocal and recitation competitions and many other similar activities. What I will add here is that I really LIKED these classes. Well, maybe outside the swimmingpool, because it was always on Friday evening and you had to go into cold water at the end of the day, what on a cold day was not my pleasure. Also, for sure, it wasn’t a story from the cycle of ´´the poor child is forced to have so many extra activities to satisfy his parents’ unfulfilled passions”. I remember the joy of going to music lessons, trips with the choir, but also the excitement of taking part in the school competitions, or the great satisfaction of taking part in foreign language classes. I definitely knew then that some of these classes attracted me more than others, although I really liked them all. And that’s how I have remained until today. Now writing this text, I can clearly see where my “passion schizophrenia” comes from. However, I don’t regret it because it instilled in me curiosity about the world and showed me how many interesting things I can do, how many beautiful places I can see and in how many activities I can find joy. But I also quickly began to see the difficulties associated with this and unfortunately I realized that life for us, people who want to do so much in one day, is not helpful …
I’ve already wondered many times whether I wouldn’t let go of something, because you can’t do everything at once, and yet, combining it with work, it would be on the verge of a miracle. Nevertheless, I don’t think I can do it at this point and it seems to me that only by combining all these passions I can be happy. For this purpose I am trying to combine into common projects those of my passions that give an opportunity to do so and this is one of the ideas that I will also want to share with you. But let’s get to the point, how to start with a project when we don’t know where to start and what to focus on? Here are a few points that can help you with that.
1. I think that at the beginning we have to understand that we won’t be able to do everything at once so we have to choose one element from which to start and work on it.
Relax, it doesn’t mean that we have to give up on others, it’s just to start. We’re going to get into that later. Another option that I use without wanting to neglect any of the passions is to choose the passion on which I focus most at a given moment, and to others I devote less time. What does this give? Well, it allows us not to get away from other passions at all and once we decide to devote our time to them, it makes it easier for us to return to them. It also reassures me personally and allows me to better focus on the main passion to which I devote currently more time, because I know that other passions are not neglected and I do not have to worry about them. How does it look in practice? For example, now I focus more on learning how to sing and writing a blog, so I had to reduce my saxophone play significantly, but I still have a day when I devote my time to it and so I don’t lose my condition at all because I keep practicing, although to a lesser extent. Another option is to combine several similar passions into one project. Then we focus on one project and use our passions for its purposes. Example? You can go on a trip and write about it on your blog, or you can record your own song, where you will also play an instrument, or maybe you can design a nice cover for the album, or maybe you can even mix everything by yourself.
2. Just start.
Yes. I’m adding my brick to the slogan “Just start”, which you’ve certainly heard a thousand times. And I’ve heard it too. But maybe sometimes you need to hear that one more time in order to finally understand it. Just start. Once you’ve chosen what kind of passion you want to focus on now, just start. If you want to start singing, sign up for classes, or maybe just use the free videos on youtube. If you want to start a blog, just sit down and start writing your first post. If you want to start traveling, choose your first destination and go there. Don’t wait, don’t prepare yourself too much. First do it and then repeat it and you will see that other things will come unintentionally. This first movement of action will force you to learn additional things, prepare yourself, read about it and so on. So do not think too long and act!
3. Find time for regular practice.
We all know that too, so why don’t we do it so often? I think it’s because we focus too much on planning rather than prioritizing. Of course, planning is important, but I think it is important to start by putting our projects as much as possible on the first place. Start the day with them. This way we won’t let ourselves procrastinate and do a hundred other not so important things before we finally start with our passions. It’s not easy, but I think it’s worth thinking about. If you care about something, make it a priority.
4. Relax and give yourself a time.
Especially, if you’re a person who has a passion next to the full-time job. You need to understand what our capabilities are here and now and not set too high, demotivating goals and requirements. Do what you can now, but do it. And don’t get caught up in the need to strive for perfection or be professional. You start. There will come a time for professionalism and perfection. So far, just take small steps and don’t get discouraged. When your mind wants to sabotage you with perfectionism or says that this or that doesn’t make sense, tell it that it does and what is more exactly the way you do it! Value yourself and think about how many things you do, how strong you are and how well you are doing with so many things! Hats off. 😉
I think that a thoughtful implementation of these points into the life of each person who has million of passions, can do a lot, pushing to action without neverending doubts whether you can do it and how. Just choose something, whatever, just to start. Take the first step, repeat, repeat again and take the next step. Remember where you are here and now and look at your position objectively, with understanding, and certainly not comparing yourself to, for example, people who can spend 24 hours on a given passion, while you only have a few. Relax, there will come a time for everything. You don’t have to have it all right away.
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