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Table of Contents
What is The 9 Day Passion Project?
Day 1: Discover Your Passions: Do what you love.
Day 2: Discover Your Gift: What’s your superpower?
Day 3: Get over Your Limitations : The stuff that holds you back.
Day 4: Set the Mood: Feeling positive.
Day 5: Reflect: The real you.
Day 6: Dream: Designing your future.
Day 7: Take Small Steps: Getting there.
Day 8: Ultimate You Time: Fitting your Passion Project into your busy life.
Day 9: Loving Life! Taking Your Passion Project to the World.
What is The 9 Day Passion Project?
If you went to school, had a family, got a job, and did everything you were “supposed to” do but feel stuck – like you’re just waiting for your real life to begin;
If there’s something really important you want to do, but you never seem to get to it because of all the stuff you feel you have to do;
If you’re worried that at the end of your life nothing you’ve done will really make a difference;
If you feel like your life is a list of endless to do’s that don’t really provide you with any meaning or purpose;
Then you are in the right place.
What you hold in your hands (or on your screen) is the first step to getting you out of that rut and back into YOUR life – a life that feels like yours and is meaningful.
Day 1: Find your Passions
“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Exercise 3: A picture is worth 1000 words
Your mind is a super computer, and it’s used to taking things – feelings, information, pictures, and translating them into words. But sometimes this process gets stuck. It can be a difficult leap to understand what you feel about something enough to articulate it. Sometimes you just have a gut reaction. You may react to a picture of something without understanding why you have that reaction. This is the power of art.
For this exercise, harness the power of your gut reaction by circumventing (at first) the part of your brain that processes through language. Get a stack of old magazines or use pictures online through Pinterest and make a collection of pictures.
Create a collection of pictures you react to viscerally. These reactions must be either
- · Positive: They fire you up so much you can feel that surge of energy we call Passion even if you don’t know why, can’t put words to it, or don’t know what about the picture makes you react.
- · Or feels like it deeply connects to you personally, even if the reaction feels like a mix of positive and negative. An example of this might be a reaction to picture of a crying child in Haiti. You may see that picture and feel sadness, mixed with a surge of passion. You will know if your reaction feels passionate enough to put in your collection.
Once you’ve created your collection, go through your pictures and see if you can understand more about what you have reacted to.
What themes do you detect?
(From Day 6: Dream)
Exercise 23: Blood, Sweat and Tears
Do you ever shut yourself down from dreaming because you immediately think: “I could never do that?”
Well, maybe you could and maybe you couldn’t. But the point is, if you don’t allow yourself to dream you can’t really even imagine an amazing future for yourself, much less create one.
One of the things that make it hard to just let go and dream is when your inner “planner” is on overdrive. It looks something like this:
Dreaming self: Ah, look at that mansion on the beach. I wonder what it would be like to live in it? I would wake up to the ocean every morning . . . and my kitchen is stunning! Who is that? Oh, it’s the cook! And there’s a maid! First, I’m going to decorate the house. Maybe I’ll get some help from one of those guys on a design show. . .
Planning self: Mansion on the beach! Imagine the mortgage payments! I would need four jobs. And the cleaning! It needs a full time staff. I’d probably need six jobs! And don’t even think about how much it would cost to decorate a place like that! How would I even do it? I’d have to get some help from someone . . . where do you even find someone good to do that?
You see, the planning self is on overdrive coming up with problems, solutions, and getting frustrated at how impossible it all is before it’s even possible.
Does this sound familiar? If so, it may help you to realize that you get to decide which dreams are forever destined to remain a fantasy, and which you will invest the blood, sweat and tears to achieve.
Dreaming something doesn’t make it real on its own. Dreaming plus work (with some synchronicity thrown in) is what it takes to get things done. So feel free to dream. It doesn’t cost anything.
- 1. Write down 50 (or more) dreams on a separate sheet of paper. These can be things you’d love to own, experience, do, achieve, etc. in your lifetime. Examples might be:
- a. A beach mansion
- b. A 3 month European tour
- c. To complete my family tree
- d. To publish a novel
- e. To have a lasting romantic relationship
- f. To meet a specific celebrity
Write as many of these as you can think of, but at least 50.
- 2. Which dreams ARE you willing to invest the blood, sweat and tears to achieve? Circle the dreams you are willing to invest in, and cross out the ones you are not.
The circled dreams are your goals. The crossed out dreams are fantasies. Fantasies are fun. If they happen to you, that’s great but if not, it’s not crushing. With goals, on the other hand, you have some skin in the game. You want to achieve them.
Is there a picture beginning to emerge when you understand more about your passions, your gift, the meaning they bring when they are combined and now also your goals?