Can I really make money doing what I love? That’s one of the most asked questions from my clients.
I believe the answer is yes.
In fact, I think the Universe is insisting you align yourself to work that feels meaningful and purposeful right now. Though, what that ends up being might not look like what you think it will.
You might be trying to fit yourself into a job title.
Most of us have grown up with some pretty messed up ideas about work. We’ve been taught to think in terms of job titles. We make these leaps from expansive ideas — like what fuels our passion — into narrow ones.
We distill dancer into a ballerina. We hear filmmaker and think Hollywood. In our heads, artist becomes struggling artist and business majors become managers.
It’s common to make those mental leaps. Yet, when you’re looking for work that you love, it becomes a trap.
The mindset shift you want to make
Before you cram what you are passionate about into a job title, take a step back. Get clear on what your passion is… and what about it makes your heart sing.
No matter if it’s painting or healing or coding, if you’re only envisioning one way that can manifest as a job, then you’re looking through too narrow a lens.
The change that is being ushered into your life is not “just” a change in job. It’s you up-leveling into a bigger version of yourself and positioning yourself to have a greater impact through what you do.
That impact comes from you bridging who you are with what you do.
The trap that people fall into when they’re dreaming about work that feels more soulful is, they think “job” way too early in the game. They skip over the slower, juicy process of fully understanding who they are being asked to grow into, and what about them, then, that needs to be expressed through their work.
They make that mental leap into an idea of their next job but from an old mindset. Their one way of understanding how to make work “work,” feels out of reach. They shut themselves down before they even start.
The subtleties of their passion and how they need to show up through their work get missed. So too does the notion that through this bigger lens, there can be a myriad of ways to get to work — ways that meet all their needs, including financial security.
Until you know HOW you’re being asked to show up, you won’t know what you’re supposed to be doing.
You, figuring out who you are, and how you need to show up to be fully aligned with your spirit might just be your real work.
At first glance, this process can be terrifying. Confusion about what direction you are to take is often the launching pad for this journey. And fear seeps in — especially the money stuff — if you can’t see the bigger version of you down the road and what life looks like from that perspective.
Shift your focus.
Get clear on what is important to you that would make work feel amazing. Find yourself before you try to make a leap into new work.
Stepping into the next version of you will ease the confusion and the fear you might be feeling. It’s going to catch you up to what’s possible. You’ll begin to understand your passion in new ways, with more options to express it. The why becomes the focus over the how.
You’ve got to get out of your box — what’s known to you — to even begin to see what you need to see.
And yes, when you do, you’ll see the soulful work that’s on your horizon… and how to make a soulful living too.