Doesn’t everyone who follows their passion in life end up happy with what they create? It would seem obvious if you’re following your heart, that you’ll ultimately be happy, too. But this is one of the biggest myths about going into business for yourself.
I’ve seen it happen over and over again… You take the leap to follow your passion. You’re are filled with tons of excitement and energy. You put everything you have into your new business. It starts to take off.
But as time goes by, you start to feel frustrated. You start to feel overwhelmed and not as certain about your passion as when you started. Suddenly you’re faced with having to decide whether to continue with what you’ve created even though your heart isn’t fully in it or throw in the towel altogether.
Can you relate?
If you’re just getting started, you may not be able to relate to this yet. But I encourage you to take the steps to avoid this common pitfall, so you can not only do what you love but love what you do.
And if you can relate, don’t worry, there’s good news. You can actually take some simple steps to adjust the path you’re on and get into alignment with your purpose.
The reason I’m so sure about this is that it happened to me and I’ve seen it happen for the hundreds of coaches and practitioners that I’ve helped along the way.
When I first started in my own wellness coaching practice, I was very happy that I was able to leave the corporate rat race and finally be doing something I was passionate about. But as the weeks and months went on, I started to slip into a downward spiral of anxiety and fear. Even though I figured out a thing or two about how to run my business and money was consistently flowing in and I had a busy practice of amazing clients, I wasn’t really happy.
I was confused, angry and couldn’t believe this was happening. Hadn’t I done everything right? I mean, I had listened to my mentor, implemented the systems, created the success and most of all, I was helping people every day! So, why wasn’t I happy? What was wrong with me, I wondered.
Deep down something was missing
I was at the proverbial “crossroads”. I certainly didn’t want to throw in the towel and give it all away, because I had worked hard to create my new coaching business and the alternative of going back to a J.O.B. wasn’t any more appealing.
It was time to either give up or find a way to figure this whole “following your passion in life” thing out. Somewhere inside I knew it was possible to follow my passion, make money, help others and be happy and fulfilled, too!
I started investigating, reading, researching, and interviewing people. Looking at other businesses, coaches and people I knew who seemed really happy and successful took a front seat. I even took personality tests, analyzed my own strengths and weaknesses, and looked at myself in the mirror a lot! Then, I hired more mentors, but this time I decided not to take their “systems” verbatim as I realized that I needed to discover my own system, my own roadmap, and my own brilliance. I went into a deep self-study.
Then one day, in a meditation, something happened.
It was different than any other meditation I had experienced before. It was like this big whoosh of information and insight got dropped down into my brain. I got up suddenly and began writing. I didn’t even know what I was writing. When my pen finally stopped, I saw before me three beautiful blueprints which I now call The Heart-Based Business Model.
You can get access to what I discovered here (completely free) by taking the Heart-Based Business Profile Quiz. Once you discover your profile, you’ll also get access to a free report I created which will show you which business model matches your profile and how to start taking steps to align with your passion and strengths so you can create a business and life you love both now and for years to come.
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP is committed to supporting Wellness Coaches to create success and share the message of wellness across the globe. If you’re passionate about holistic health and wellness, inspiring others to be healthy and creating a career you love, then learn more by downloading our gift to you – The Wellness Coach Career Kit.