by contributing author
As part of the entertainingly labeled generation of millennials, I’m constantly weighing the variety of societal changes pursued by us “young and restless”… What inspires our insatiability… Is it technology? taste? timing? I find that our consistent attempts to “defy” cultural norms as an effort to stand out (stand up) to be increasingly thought provoking.
I read an article recently that discussed millennials’ particular ambition of turning passions into paychecks, sought after with a fearless ambition hardly considered responsible by generations passed. Given the (sur)reality that I’ve managed to do just that for the past seven years of my professional ballet career, I thought I might indulge this approach to doing what you love a little further.
This idea of actually pursuing your passions begins with Specificity (how fun is that to say?!). The important thing to remember is, this starting place is specific to you. In reality, most people don’t know what they want to do/be going into college…even graduating can provide daunting pressures of transferring your “student” safety net to a job title, and often times, *especially* with us millennials, we hope to separate work as a title rather than an identity. Mixing passions with work then becomes complicated, as it invites a more intimate relationship between you and your purpose.
I think a great place to start with getting specific about what you want is coming to truths with your ideal day:
- What would inspire you to start your day with a smile?
- What would motivate you to grow and learn?
- What would challenge you to hone and share your talents/passions?
- What would leave you feeling fulfilled by dusk?
- What legacy do you want to leave behind?
Be honest and realistic with this vision, and see how closely it aligns with your present routine… Not every day is going to be perfect, but as I’ve mentioned before, there is strength in small steps!
Taking inventory of your self-expectations, organizing your passions, and acknowledging your (unique) process towards pursuing what you love will leave you armed and ready for a future of fulfillment.
Intention is not overrated. Motivation is Contagious. Action inspires Action.
With this one life to live, let’s indulge the power of specificity.