Get With The Shits: 4 Tips From An Everyday Hustler On Putting Your Passions Into Practice

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As 2018 came to a close, I was more intentional about creating time to reflect on the year I had. Determined to see where improvements could be made, and set goals for the upcoming year.

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While 2018 was a transformative year in both my career and personal life, I also feel like there were periods where my passion projects and creative outlets were put on the back burner while I made advancements in my career. It made me wonder how many of us actually struggle with finding the time to work on our passions.

There are some people who are fortunate enough to work in careers that encompass not only their technical skills and professional training, but also their passions, hustles, life purpose, and personal essence all in one.

If that is you, show me your ways.

Others, dare I say the majority of us, are out here living a life that is only moderately fulfilling. Granted, it is a blessing in itself to have a professional job where we can put our skills and knowledge to use daily and be paid enough to make rent and purchase the occasional stiletto. However, it’s not uncommon for our 9-5 to leave us mentally and physically exhausted at the end of a 40 (sometimes 40+) hour work week that we neglect to create the things that bring us the most joy in life.

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I feel you babygirl because I’m in the same boat as you. By education, my background is in neuroscience; and by occupation, my work is rooted in clinical research and drug development. Now let me say, I am immensely appreciative of the experiences I’ve had at my job and wholeheartedly love the work that I do.

But what I came to realize is that I was falling into a routine that was solely work and sleep.

I didn’t make time for anything else. As someone who needs creativity, who needs a way to be impactful, it was critical I find a healthy balance between work and hustling to make sure I was still feeding my passions for creative writing and self-empowerment.

As a result, I started blogging more consistently, I took more risks with my writing, and created a women’s self-care retreat. The key in all of this was committing to feed my passions in a way that is not only authentic to me but also allows me to be fully committed to my job as well.

I challenge you to do the same thing. If you are someone who struggles to put your passion into practice, I want you to really think what about your passion fuels you. If you can identify the root of the fire, you have 1 of 2 options. You can either: a. contain it, or b. you can let it grow and expand. This is the one and ONLY time I believe in letting the fire spread as a good thing.

You want the flames, you want your passion, to grow and and consume you.

That’s when you start to hustle for it more.

You begin to feel the need to see it through.

This is the type of fuel you’ll need to have in order for you to make balancing both worlds possible. I’ve come up with 4 simple tips that will help you prioritize your passion while maintaining inner and outer balance.

1. Define your purpose.

Like I said earlier, you have to identify the root of the fire. What are you trying to achieve? Who are you trying to impact? Why do you feel so passionately about whatever project you’re looking to start? When you can answer these questions, it becomes much easier to plan and set goals for yourself and your growing project.  

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2. Set realistic goals.

It’s super easy to get carried away and set these super high goals for what we’re hustling towards. And sometimes we get so wrapped up in the end goal that we neglect all the shit that happens in the beginning and middle. The objective is to set small, realistic goals that can be achieved with your current schedule.  Maintaining a manageable list of goals will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and help give you structure and balance on both sides.

3. Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!

It’s all fun and games until you actually have to get with the shits. I don’t care how many Erin Condren life planners you have, it does not work in your benefit if you don’t hustle to make sure you are completing every task you set out to do. This is not the time for procrastination or any delays. Your goals matter and they need you to make good on your promise. We grindin’ until we reach the top sis! But if you ever feel like slowing down, re-read tip #1. Remember why you started hustling so hard to begin with.

Refuel that fire babes!

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4. Give it time, ask for help, and take a break when needed.

I grouped these 3 together because to be they go hand in hand. Passionate pursuits take time to develop, especially if they haven’t been nurtured in some time. So give it time to grow, don’t rush the process or try to do it all on your own. Ask for help. With so many resources in this world, somebody out there has either achieved or done something similar to what you’re looking to accomplish.

Research and reach out to people who can be potential mentors. Involve people who you trust to support you along the way so that when you need a break, you have a support network already in place. Take a break when you need it. No one can work 24/7. Know when to take time to just reflect, decompress, breathe. You’ll be more refreshed and able to focus more clearly.

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Balancing your normal day-to-day schedule as well as finding time to do the things that bring you happiness demands a lot of time and focus.

Truth be told, sometimes we just don’t want to deal with the stress of it.

However, if you want to live a full, actualized, and enriched life, you must work for it. You must understand that in order for you to be your best self, you have to hustle to create, maintain, and grow your passion and your happiness. Honey, nobody said being a hustler was easy.

But trust me, you got this.

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This piece was written by SelfishBabe Ify.

Ify is a born and raised NYC native with big dreams and an even bigger taste for creative writing, self-development, and pure happiness. Clinical oncology researcher and (future) MD by day and an avid traveler, wine connoisseur, and blogger by night. She’s just one girl hoping to inspire conversations on all things controversial, raw, honest, and meaningful.

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