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One of my biggest motivators is helping people to bridge the gap between knowing what they want to do and actually taking action.

As I explained in an earlier post I finally decided to take the leap into running my own business when I truly realised that life is so, so short and there’s very little point spending it doing something you don’t love.

This doesn’t always mean you have to make a business out of what you want to do – you might just want to write, paint, create, volunteer with animals, dance – for the love of it. But if you do want to write about the topic you are passionate about in a blog or actually turn your  passion into a business then I can help you with the practical steps to start building an audience.

Also, don’t always think in terms of ‘all or nothing‘. You don’t have to thrown in a steady pay cheque to pursue your dreams, but you might have to forgo some extra TV time or find time elsewhere to work on what matters to you, to build the business to a point where it does become a full-time income.

Our lives are so precious to us and yet sometimes we spend them in the most mundane of ways. Or we spend huge swathes of time worrying about what might or might not happen instead of taking actionable steps to move forward. Maybe we are put off trying something because we feel like we might fail and therefore what’s the point?

But what’s the point of never trying at all? That way is a sure fire way to failure.

However much of a cliché it is, do you want to look back on your life and ask why you never even tried the things that were in your heart to do? Whether you want to look at it from a spiritual perspective or not, I believe that we are all given ‘gifts’ or we are born with particular strengths and it can only serve us well to use those strengths. Even more importantly it can serve the wider world. Plus, using our gifts makes us joyful.

Life is difficult sometimes, there’s no denying that. Painful events happen to us and in the wider world. But, life is also wonderful. From a walk on the beach on a sunny day; a delicious meal; enjoyment of a great film; appreciation of art; and the love of our partners, families and pets. Call me Pollyanna but I think only good can come from appreciating all the good in our lives – large or small. It’s not always easy to feel gratitude when times are tough but sometimes it’s the only thing that gets us through.

So what’s the point of this post today?

It’s to spur you on to take that first step.

What are you passionate about? What do you want to put out into the world? What are your gifts?

There is something in your heart you want to do. You might want to create something; travel somewhere; write about a topic you love; volunteer with a cause which matters to you; make lots of money so you can create a life of joy for you and your family.

Know what it is?

Now go do it.

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