If you clicked on this, there’s a good chance you have a dream you are working towards. You know what lights you up from within. You know all about those early mornings, late nights, and weekends “working” on this passion. I say “working” because it hardly feels like work. You just love it. There’s one thing though. You also have a career. You know, the one you went to school for. The one that pays the bills and then some. The one you’ve invested in for years and actually enjoy when taken as a whole. In this post, I’ll share with you 5 tips to pursuing your passion as a corporate professional.
I’m figuring things out as I go, but it’s so much fun discovering and living in the flow. So let’s go!
1. Vision First
During my yoga teacher training in 2014, Lacey Calvert led a little meditation exercise for our group. She had us sit in a comfortable position, close our eyes, and visualize the future. Where does your mind wander off to? What you find yourself dreaming about?
Try this meditation exercise in a quiet and comfortable place. In this exercise-
◊ Picture yourself six months, a year, three, or five years down the line. Pick one point of time in the future.
◊ Where are you?
◊ What are you doing?
◊ Who are you with?
◊ How do you feel?
Visualization is such a powerful tool. When you have the vision in mind, you can work backwards and figure out what you need to do now to set yourself up.
Keep your vision or your “why” ever-present. It will serve as an anchor through the times of uncertainty and doubt. Your vision is your ultimate motivation.
The vision is clear but the process is open-ended.
2. Nail your Non-Negotiables
Everyone is blessed with 24 hours in a day. I wish we had more sometimes. Because of that, we have to use our time wisely. Given this, it is so key to nail down your non-negotiables. Your non-negotiables are your primary commitments. It will take some reflection to assess what is really important to you.
Here are some of mine. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!
◊ Do physical exercise (yoga, circuit training, cardio, weight lifting, etc.) six days a week when possible.
◊ Attend Rock Harbor mid-week life group and Sunday service.
◊ Stay connected with family and friends.
Your non-negotiables will serve as another anchor as you navigate your schedule. There will definitely be busier times and you might have to take time away from these primary commitments. I have noticed though, that maintaining your core priorities is important to living a balanced life. When you take too much time away from these things, it is easy to feel depleted.
3. Maximize your Power Hour
Time is seriously so valuable. I’m sure your schedule is full and vibrant! And I know you wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
I am not necessarily a planner by nature, but I’ve learned to plan better to fit in all my commitments. Here’s a short breakdown of my busiest day of the week– Monday.
6:30 AM to 7:30 Take yoga class at CorePower Yoga
7:45 to 9:00 20 Minute sprints or stairs at Equinox + get ready for work + drive to work
9:00 to 11:45 Work
11:45 to 1:00 PM Power Hour
1:00 to 6:00 Work
6:00 to 7:00 Change + eat dinner + drive to yoga class
7:00 to 9:00 PM Teach yoga class at CorePower Yoga (includes front desk time)
Power Hour is that one hour in the day where you can work on your passion projects. Maybe it’s at lunch time for you like it is for me. You’ll often find me at Whole Foods with my Macbook out. You have to find time to fit it in.
An hour a day is a great place to start. If you do an hour a day, in a week you would have worked 7 hours on your passion project. You can get a lot done in that time! 🙂
4. Connect with your Community
Community makes life sweet. As you pursue your passions while working your professional career, make sure you are staying connected with your family, friends, and other loved ones. They are your biggest supporters and the people you want to celebrate your successes with. The best part about all of this is you will continue to meet amazing people along your journey! When you start doing things you love, you’ll cross paths with people who also have that zest for life. When you pursue your passions, you vibrate at a higher level and will attract the same energy.
5. Rest, Relax, Repeat
Someone once said-
If you get tired, learn how to rest, not quit.
Relaxation, self-care, rest, and fun are so necessary. Schedule it. Spend time in nature. Watch a sunset. Take it slow. Breathe. Unplug. Listen to music. Sleep. Go somewhere or do something new.
Take a step back from time to time and zoom out. This is especially helpful when you experience moments of frustration or discouragement.
When you rest, you will feel ready and energized to take on life again!
Take care of yourself. ♥
I hope these tips were helpful! I’d love to hear other ways you are able to find balance as you pursue your dreams.
Until next time.