Pursue Your Passion (While Juggling Work & Other Responsibilities)

PASSIONWEB2You may have a goal that you’ve dreamed about for years. But you may also have a job. And a family. And responsibilities. Is it possible to pursue your passion AND successfully manage all of the other duties on your plate? Absolutely! It’s important to dream big, but you must also plan well, work smart, and prioritize.

More than 2,000 years ago, Aristotle advised his students, “First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal – a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends – wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

Affirm What You Want
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What would I like to BE?
• What would I like to DO?
• What would I like to EXPERIENCE?
• Why is what I want to BE, DO, and EXPERIENCE important to me?

To create a plan that leads to what you want to be, do, or experience, you must chart a course of action that will move you in the direction of your passion.

Create a SMART Goal
“You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be, you have to plan to win and prepare to win,” said Zig Ziglar, author of Born to Win. “Then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win.”

SMART Goals WebsiteA SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. The act of writing your goals packs your passion with power and sets the dream-to-action process onto a course headed towards success.

Consider the following questions as you transform your passion into a SMART goal:

  • A SMART goal is SPECIFIC. What do I want to accomplish? Why do I want to accomplish it? What are the benefits? Who is involved? Where will it be located?
  • A SMART goal is MEASURABLE. How much is needed? What tools do I need to measure progress? What targets will I establish as I progress towards my goal? How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • A SMART goal is ATTAINABLE. How can my goal be accomplished? How is my goal action-oriented? How much will it cost to launch and support my goal? What knowledge and skills are needed to reach this goal?
  • A SMART goal is REALISTIC. Why is my goal meaningful? Why is there a need for this goal? Why is this the right time to pursue this goal? Is this goal aligned with my core values?
  • A SMART goal is TIME-BOUND. Is there a time frame for implementation of this goal? When will this plan be implemented? What will I do within the next six months to reach my goal? What will I do within the next six weeks to reach my goal? What will I do this week to reach my goal?

Use the information from your responses to compose a SMART goal statement that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

Powerful Tips for Writing SMART Goals

Here are additional tips to consider as you compose your SMART goals:

• State each goal as a positive statement. Express your goals with positive words.
• Be precise. Set specific goals; include dates, times, and measurable amounts so you can track your progress.
• Set objective performance goals. As you write goals, use action verbs that can be observed and measured as opposed to abstract and subjective goals.
Set priorities. Prioritizing tasks protects you from feeling overwhelmed and anxious by focusing your attention on important choices and activities that are directly connected to your goals. Clarify your priorities so you can make best use of your time.
• Arrange time in your schedule to pursue your passions. Finding creative ways to fit specific tasks aligned with your goals into your schedule takes work and effort. You must consider how much time you have within a twenty-four hour period that can be devoted to tasks that will help you meet your goals.MYPLANNINGTABLE

Align Your Schedule With Your Priorities

There are only 24 hours in one day. As you build a plan to pursue your passion, you must consider the time you have available and make deliberate choices.

A tool such as MY PLANNING TABLE helps you balance your most important priorities and find time in your schedule to do what you most want to do. As you plan, you must distinguish between the urgency and importance of your daily tasks and responsibilities:

Nonnegotiable Activities at Fixed Times: Important priorities and obligations that occur at times determined by someone else.
Nonnegotiable Activities at Flex Times: Important priorities and obligations that occur at a time set by you.
• Negotiable Activities at Fixed Times: Activities you may want to participate in at times determined by someone else.
Negotiable Activities at Flex Times: Activities you may want to take participate in at a time set by you.

BUTwebsiteThe planning table allows you to identify and distinguish between your most important priorities. This information will help you determine how you want to allocate your time.

You can find free goal-setting planning tools on my website at www.DrJulieConnor.com. More tools to help you transform your dream into a plan of action are also available in my dreams-to-action goal-setting workbook, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide.

In Conclusion
Network with those who support you and your vision. Be open to learning new information. Find resources that will help you refine your skills.

Passion fuels dreams. Commitment fuels action. Get clear about what you want to do and why you want to do it. Allow time to regularly reevaluate and refine your goals. Make adjustments within your schedule to engage in goal-related activities. And, most importantly, commit to the work of pursuing your dream. Take action.

Your time is now!

2 Responses to Pursue Your Passion (While Juggling Work & Other Responsibilities)
  1. Excellent post chock full of wonderful advice. Thanks Julie. 🙂

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