Episode 34: Getting Paid Doing What You Love

 

 

I remember the first time someone paid me for coaching. I took a picture of the payment and had a moment of celebration.  Even-though the amount was not that big, I just felt like a professional – I’m finally getting paid doing what I love to do – it’s happening!

Getting paid doing what you love to do can on the one hand feel like too good to be true! And on the other hand, you may feel that you shouldn’t be charging money for something that you love so much that you don’t mind doing for free.

When I bring up the idea of pursuing your passion as a way to also make money, I sometimes get some push back.

I hear things like “But you’re not supposed to love your job! It’s there to pay the bills”

What do you think about this statement?

How do you feel about living your entire life doing a job you don’t care about just so that you can pay the bills?  Is that worth it for you?

When you reflect on this and you’re honest with yourself, you’ll recognize that you want your life to be more meaningful.  You probably want to have life that you can look back on and feel like you lived your life freely and unrestricted following your calling.

But how do you do this? How do you find your passion and make a living doing?

Finding your passion can be intimidating task.  So instead, I would encourage you to think about what brings you joy instead.

For example, If dancing is the thing that brings you joy, then you want to explore further.

  • Do you enjoy the social interaction side about dancing?
  • Do you love choreography, the design of dance sequences?
  • Do you love the cultural/historical aspects about dance?
  • Is there particular type of dance that you gravitate to?

Now imagine if you could do dance all day.

  • If you had the freedom to spend your days dancing and you didn’t’ have to worry about money, what would your days look like?
  • How would you structure your days?
  • Would being a full-time dancer be a source of joy and happiness for you?

If the answer is YES! Then you want to continue exploring how you would like to exist as a professional dancer?  How would you be able to offer value while staying true to what you love about dancing

You see, sometimes people avoid pursuing what they love to do as a way to make money because they have a limiting belief around that.  They may feel that it’s wrong to charge fees for their gifts.  But that’s their fixed mindset talking.

You’re not doing this to make money, NO!

It’s bigger than that. You’re  seeking to live a fulfilled and meaningful life – spending your time and energy doing what you love to do and making an impact.  Yes, you will get paid well for your work – but that’s not your motivating factor.

You owe it to yourself to take time and create space to think about what kind of life you want to live.  At the end of it all, what do you want your life to mean.  Is there a legacy that you want to leave behind?  Is there an impact you want to make in your community and the world?

This can be frustrating at first because you have more questions than answers, but if you are patient and curious about where this journey of self-discovery will lead, it’s well worth the effort!

I will leave you with this:

Starting today, open the window of possibilities and give yourself the permission to seek joy.  You will start to experience the transformation of demanding more and stepping into your true and authentic power.

I’d love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on this? Are you ready to invite more joy into your life? 
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