You want to know a secret to building a business? (Finally) pursuing your passion(s)? Chasing that dream? I’m not an *expert* but I am someone who’s incredibly passionate about jumping forward into the things you love. And I can say with pride and confidence that I’ve done that in building Be A Light Collective and my freelance writing career.
But enough bragging. 😜 The point I’m trying to make is this:
If you really want to become the person you’re meant to be and live the life you’ve always imagined, you have to understand that you’re never truly done.
What do I mean by that? I mean that life isn’t about running until we get somewhere and then stopping. Sure, we want to enjoy our progress and soak in the moments of success. But we don’t want to stay rooted there.
We don’t want to become complacent.
Ask the most successful people in the world and they’ll tell you their plans for the next biggest project, next biggest thing. Question every millionaire you know and they’ll share about what they’re doing now. (And trust me, it’s not sitting still counting their money all day long.)
This is not to glorify the hustle or say that you’re always supposed to be running like a chicken with her head cut off in order to truly find purpose. But it is a reminder that if and when you truly want something, you have to work really, really hard for it.
And you can’t ever really *stop.*
I’ll be the first to admit that something I struggle with is rest. I love taking on new project, starting new ventures, and getting really creative with my mind and how far I can push myself (career-wise and personally, too.)
Ask my family: they’ll tell you I worked six different part-time jobs in college while pursuing a full-time course load, playing a collegiate sport. And somewhere in there, I managed to sleep. Ask my boyfriend and his son: I’ll work full-time hours, organize playdates, cook dinners, have coaching calls, wake up at 4AM to get my writing done. And somewhere in there squeeze in a Girl’s Night.
But that’s when I feel the fullest and most alive—when I’m doing all the things I love and pushing myself to be the best possible me that I can.
And let’s be real for a moment: I’m not encouraging a crazy lifestyle. But I am encouraging the fact that you have to let passion drive you sometimes.
I think there’s incredible value in letting yourself be led by your passions, by your heart, by your drive.
Although you might need to learn how to slow down sometimes, or how to give yourself the much-needed rest to revamp and get yourself back on track, there’s value in pushing yourself, too.
If you don’t push yourself to become better than you were yesterday, or last week, or three years ago—no one else will.
And I hate to be harsh, but that’s where dreams die.
The lack of ambition. The resistance to growth. And the stagnation thinking where you are is ‘fine’ or ‘good enough,’ rather than empowering yourself to go after the next step.
So here is (in my opinion) one of the best-kept secrets of being an entrepreneur, a go-getter, a business owner, a passion-follower, a dream-chaser, etc. (insert your goals here): You have to accept the fact that this is an ongoing, incredible and difficult journey.
And you can’t be afraid to keep going, even when you think you have it figured out.
Like I said, I’m not an expert. But I am a passion-filled business owner, full-time freelancer, writing coach, blogger, *mom,* and lover of home-cooked meals. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in my journey, it’s that the best things don’t simply come to you. You work for them, pray over them, fight for them, and empower yourself to chase them.
You’re never done—you’re either one step closer, or heading on a new path.
Let that inspire you, not scare you.
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