A few months ago I interviewed Cosmo Fujiyama, a good friend of mine that I worked with in DC a few summers ago. She talked a lot about marrying your mission and doing what you are passionate about. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this concept. I love the idea of being married to a mission and having that mission be your job. This then got me thinking, how do we achieve this? How do we figure out how to marry our mission and thus generate more passion and progress in our lives? Here’s what I figured out:
Recognize your passion
Some people have known their passion their entire life. They’ve always known what lights their fire and what keeps them up at night. But for some of us it takes a little longer. We may not know exactly what it is that we want to invest ourselves in for our entire life. That’s ok, it just takes some time and a little bit of trial and error. Take the time to discover your passion and make sure to recognize it when you do.
Don’t ignore yourself
I’ve often found myself going throughout the day and having ideas pop into my head. But I shake them off and dismiss them. I finally learned to stop doing that. I bought a little journal and turned it into my idea book. Writing down your ideas will help you come up with new projects and help you to be more creative. It also helps you learn more about yourself and what you want to achieve and learn.
Setting goals makes you commit. You commit to start little by little achieving more and more. By doing this, you will progress towards your ultimate goal of marrying your mission.
Don’t let fear stop you
A lot of times, we give up on a dream because it’s too hard or too risky. We can’t let that stop us! If you want to create a happy life where you are living everyday in a great relationship with your mission, you have to push through that thick wall of fear. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
Make it happen
Marrying your mission isn’t a fickle relationship that has you breaking it off every other week. This is a deep-rooted, undying love that you are committed to, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. After you’ve recognized your passion and made it a habit of achieving goals and punching fear in the face, you are well on your way to making your dreams happen. Keep going, never give up, and you’ll find yourself in the happiest relationship of your life.