Sunday, August 18, 2013

You know what is funny?  When you're destined to do something.  When you can't help NOT doing something.  When you're passionate (isn't that a familiar word in these neck of the woods web now a days!) about something .  It oozes itself into your life - even if you attempt to reject it.  Even if you think you don't have the time for it.  Even if you feel you aren't ready physically or mentally for it.  Anyone ever been there?

Back when I was still blogging at Instant Mommie, I had an idea (oh really? self proclaimed idea guru? that's new!).  No but really, I had an idea to start writing a business blog with a focus in Marketing.  I started it, but had really bad follow through.

With all the new exciting things happening around these parts of the web lately, I find it a little comical that marketing and business ideas have found their way back to me.  Silly me - thinking I'd do another blog based on anything other than marketing - MY PASSION!

So I asked myself, why didn't it work the first time?  Why weren't my ideas bursting at the seams like they are now?  WHY?  For Heaven's sake - was I looking at other blogs for ideas on content when this is my subject of expertise?
I pursued it for all the wrong reasons (right off the bat).  I started it with the intent on making money, not enjoying my passion and this gift I've been blessed with.

This isn't to say wanting to monetize your work is bad thing, after all, the strategy to monetize was from other bloggers I look up to.  However, having this be my main intent for the blog was not the formula for success (FOR ME).  If I had put my passion for it FIRST and let the monetization happen in time (when it was the right time) it could have been more successful.

Now that I'm pursuing this with the right intent - living out my passion - things are coming together better than I could have asked for.

And you ask, "So Aukele, what's the take away?"

1. Find your passion.  Why would you waste your time and effort into something that doesn't get you excited when you wake up in the morning?

2. Before you start a project ask yourself, "What are my intentions?"  Make them clear for yourself.  If you don't know why you are doing something, why do it?  Ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" "Is the effort worth the expected outcome?" "What is the purpose?"

3. If you want a true chance at long lasting success - first and foremost, you must ensure passionate about what you're (attempting/starting) to do. While knowing your passion is really important when it comes to risking it all and doing something for yourself, don't end up letting it be a crutch - guess what, you may have more than ONE passion. EXPLORE your passions.  Take the time to figure out if you have multiple passions.  If so - then you have more room to play with to figure out what is priority, what has more potential, what is more doable for you.

Did I just open up a can of worms?  More than one passion?  I know, I know.  You'll thank me later. I would really appreciate it if you would comment below and tell me what you think.  If you have questions ask, away.  What more do you want to know on passion and intent?

More Articles on This Series:
How to Draw People to Your Blog
Passion: What it is & How to Find It
Finding Your Passion: Your Story

xoxo, Aukele

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  1. This was a great post! I've experienced a similar situation. I have so many things going on right now. I am new to the blogging world but so far I love it and have loved "meeting" new bloggers. So I guess this is a new passion for me. :) Can't wait to read more of your blog!!! If you get a chance, follow me here:
    Have a good day!

  2. I really enjoy this series! I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to monetize & grow but totally agree that it shouldn't be the reason to start anything!

  3. I am also enjoying this series. :) Passion is everything and when my intent is staying true to my passions I feel like I am moving in the right direction. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Hi Stephanie. I'm glad you're enjoying your new passion and I encourage you to take it on FULL FORCE!! Meeting new bloggers is always fun and it is definitely a pleasure to meet you. The next post for this series will be up on Tuesday, so be on the lookout for that. I did check out your blog and it definitely put a "smile" on my face!

  5. Aw thanks Kayli! That means a lot to me. Yes - I just had my priorities messed up and I feel that is why it didn't flourish like it is now that I have my priorities straightened out. Hope your Sunday went well with your family get together and you got to peruse some Craigslist furniture?!! See you at the Weekly Wishes link up?

  6. Hey Hey Josie!! Thank you. I completely agree. It also comes very easy instead of feeling forced. I think that was another reason why it didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to the first time around. Do you have a blog? Or other social media to connect?

  7. This is such a great post! It's easy to lose our way as bloggers, or not see the results we were hoping for, but you nailed it- it all comes down to passion and intent. I created a mission statement before I started my blog in order to remind me of my intent, but this post made me think I should also write down what my passions are, to give me a clearer focus (I know what they are, but I feel like having a hard copy that I can refer to will help). For me its hard because I have more than one passion, but what it all boils down to is living life fully and authentically. Thank you for posting this!

  8. Hi Rachel - thank you for stopping by and commenting. I 100% agree with you that we can sometimes lose our ways and get caught up in followers, views, money and I think the question is. I love the idea of a mission statement. I have been brainstorming a printable(s) to add to this series and would love to incorporate this idea (if that's okay with you). Multiple passions are totally doable - the challenge is to link them together (which I think is the fun part in it)! Also - your reach is broadened by having different passions and being able to reach different types of people. Tuesday I'll be sharing one tool to help people that haven't found their passion. Have an AMAZING Monday!

  9. Yes my blog is <3

  10. I think that this is so key: doing something because you're interested in it rather than for the potential monetary profit. The thing is... the world is big enough for us to do what we like and make money doing it. And if you hate what you're doing, not enough money in the world is going to make up for it (unless you save up all that money and then quit and live off of it... but that's a whole different case). I think some people think that they can't make a living being passionate about what they do OR at least enjoying what they do, but I think where there's a will, there's a way. Like you, Kele, I believe in a sort of destiny or calling -- and when you believe in that, then you feel like everyone has a place -- a piece of the puzzle that they contribute to. And when we answer our soul's call, there is a sense of fulfillment that comes from that, for sure.

    But this blog post... this lesson? I learned it the hard way, for sure. Totally agree with you! :)

  11. Incorporate away! I just figured, if you treat your blog like you would a business, you ought to have a mission statement. I think you are right, though, that multiple passions can broaden your audience. Really love this series!

  12. Thank you! That means more than you know!


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