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Do What You Love, Because You Love It

“The worst prison would be a closed heart.”

~Pope John Paul II

In his book, The Success Principles, Jack Canfield writes about the benefits of having a “Ready, Fire, Aim”mentality. He isn’t encouraging people to be irresponsible or to act on every whim, the point is to remind people to get started and respond to feedback.

Change happens as a result of action. Action is motivated by inspiration. Inspiration is created by fear, love, or passion. One of the greatest gifts of life is that it is filled with constant opportunities to find inspiration and change.

I love the work I do. I have spent the past twenty-two years working with people affected by substance abuse. This work has allowed me to deal with a very diverse group of people dealing with a wide range of issues. Over the past several years I have become more interested in helping people improve their relationships. This is a topic in which I have a great deal of interest and a high level of passion.

When I wrote Relationships for the Intimately Challenged, I was motivated by my desire to share the knowledge I had acquired about relationships through the years. As a result of writing the book, I have created several opportunities to learn, grow, and expand my life. I have met a lot of people who have assisted me in the art of writing. I have joined the National Speaker’s Association, which has opened many doors. I continue to learn about writing, speaking, and managing a business every day. This has all come as a result of following what I love.

  • Are you doing what you love?
  • Do you feel a sense of vocational satisfaction?
  • Are you confident you are making a difference?

We all suffer from self-doubt from time to time. However, it is critical to answer these questions with a resounding yes. You will need guidance. You will need re-assurance. You will need to remind yourself of why you do what you do. If you start from a place of loving what you do you will find the guidance, re-assurance, and reminders you need.

  • Take the time to answer the above questions.
  • Find for yourself what is important to do.
  • Make a commitment to begin taking small steps to move in the direction of your passion.

Life is a beautiful experience. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy it to its fullest. Do what you love.

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4 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    This really spoke to me, thank you. I just took that step to doing what I love and am working hard to obtain my goal. I have always wanted to make a difference with the oceans and teach people to love the creatures in it like I do. Maybe then they will try to protect it if they love it kind of thing. I was always told no when it came to doing this, but just a couple months ago I went through one of the hardest things I ever went through and took the leap. I became a volunteer at the Ga Aquarium and have the goal of being hired as a person on their staff. I get to talk about my ocean every day I’m there and watch kids light up when I tell them about things. Being there puts away any doubt I had about that aquarium needing to be there because it amazes me how much people do not know about the creatures of the sea. I feel like a kid in a candy store taking classes and learning all I can and then going in and playing and sharing. Thank you for your blog just giving me that little nudge that I need every once in a while still that I’m on the right path.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Thank-you very much! That was awesome and i needed that right where I’m at right now. With fear coming up, i have to remind myself the passion that i feel. I love what i will be doing, and i think it will be the greatest decision i have made in a long time. 🙂 love

  3. Robin Liberman says:

    Thanks Clint! I love how you put this topic so simply. I am happy to say I do what I love everyday. For over 10 years I had my dream job, and now I wake up every morning with my husband and son and have, what I believe to be the greatest “job” in the world, motherhood. My vocation, educating myself to be the best mom to Fletcher, and I hope I am a great example to those around me. I love it when we are out in public and little girls walk by and their eyes light up when they see Fletcher all bundled up in his sling. I hope I am teaching through example a wonderful model of parenting. Not to mention, of course, I hope, and believe I am giving my son every thing he needs every day to be successful in doing what he loves.

  4. Hi Clint!

    This was really great! You and I are among the fortunate in that we love what we do! Thanks for the wonderful contribution you make to the world by loving what you do and doing what you love!

    Maryanne Ross

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