Chasing Your Passion vs. Committing To It

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“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” I love that quote from Glade Byron Addams! It has some real fire to it, and dreaminess, and hope — all great things to experience.

The chase is so romantic, isn’t it? It opens countless possibilities for happy endings. So many fantasies…

And that’s the problem. Those endings are just fantasies — always off in the future somewhere.

What If…

What would happen if the chase were over? If you actually caught up with your passion? What if you stopped running after it and grabbed it?

OK. Catch your breath now. I know it can be a scary thing to do, because I’ve been there and so have many of my clients. To leave that dream world and get real with your heart’s desires is a huge step. It brings on a big mix of feelings.

No Thank You!

You might resist ending this chronic reaching for dreams. The reasons lie below our conscious level of thought – making them more powerful. Here are a few of those reasons:

  • You love the seductive sweetness of the longing and hoping that feels good and optimistic.
  • You’re afraid of problems that could occur if you catch your passion.
  • If you stay in the dreaming stage, you don’t have to find out if you can really make your plan work. You don’t have to risk disappointment (you think).

Look at the irony in those beliefs: Those feared problems ARE unsolvable because they’re not real – they’re just fantasies, too. By staying in chase mode, you’re SURE to be disappointed because you won’t see your dreams materialize.

When The Chase Is Over

There’s fresh excitement to grabbing that desire and seeing what it’s really made of. It’s a new kind of exhilaration to stop dreaming and start creating plans you can carry out. You can redirect all that chasing energy into taking concrete actions.

New fears may pop up now, too. That’s not unusual. But here’s the good news: These fears pertain to reality, not fantasies. So they will have real solutions to them. Other people have overcome these challenges before you. Their experience can offer you ideas.

So leave the chasing to the dreamers and the poets, and grab your passion and get into action!

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