I thought I was living my passion. My business is going well, I work the hours I want to work, and don’t work the hours I don’t want to. I travelled to the US for 6 weeks and was able to continue everything as if I was at home on the Gold Coast. I had everything I ever thought I wanted – freedom. So why did I just want to spend 4 hours on the couch watching Game of Thrones (finally catching up – I tend to resist things people say are amazing. Turns out, it was amazing)? And why did I still feel like I needed to have a ‘break’ even though I wasn’t really working that much over Christmas?
The universe had been trying to make me re-look at my passion for a while. It was turning up in books, on shows and it was even niggling at the back of my mind, but I still hadn’t confronted it. I had my own business, I had freedom, why did I need to look at that again? Until a friend asked me if she could talk to me about something, but I might not want to hear it. As she started saying how she’d found her true passion in the last little while, I knew it was time. She didn’t even need to say the words.
So I started searching for the elusive unicorn. It turns out it wasn’t on facebook; or instagram. It wasn’t even in Game of Thrones (although, Jon Snow.. he could ignite some passion). It wasn’t on the coffee dates; trips to the movies; meetings with clients. Not even in the tennis or cricket, even though live sport is something I adore. It turns out unicorns are shy. It was hiding, in the quiet, just waiting for me to sit still long enough to listen.
It was in asking questions like:
I wrote those questions down and I waited. This happened:
Hmm.. not quite the answer I was looking for. So I left it for a couple of days. Went and did the busy things hoping something would come to me. And it did.. the very next time, I stopped and listened.
This time I wrote out the answers to those questions in detail. I started getting excited. I imagined what it would be like to be creating beautiful things everyday that helped other people. About mapping out solutions to LadyBoss’ problems and having a great time doing it. About travelling with LadyBoss’ and working together.
O. M. G. That sounds freaking amazing. And I can do that. Even if I didn’t get paid for it, I’d love to do that. Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding. Unicorn found!
Are you doing something that makes you jump out of bed each morning and want to get started straight away? Is it awesomely amazing? Or is it just good? Or better than it was before? If it’s one of the last two, I recommend this process or something like it, to find your unicorn. I was complacent in thinking I was doing it already, as life was so much better than it was two years ago, even just 6 months ago. But I now know it can be even better. So isn’t that worth just a few minutes of your time to stop and think about?