Kangaroo Jumps

“Every successful person in this world has jumped.”

                                                                     Steve Harvey

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“If you ever see someone soaring by you…they are likely pursuing their passion.” So says Steve Harvey in his latest YouTube video entitled, “Jump.” He discusses how we can take small actions to move in the direction of our passions and that’s what I like most about his message: our actions can be small!

We don’t have to quit our full time job in order to pursue our dreams. We can use the time we spend on our hobby (passion) and sign up for a class, or apply to be a one-time vendor at a craft show. We can sell a few of our pieces of our art or jewelry on Etsy or eBay. We can buy a book and read about the next step in reaching our goal.

You see, it’s usually our hobbies that are our passions. If there’s already something in your life that fills you with excitement, joy, and self-worth, why not try turning that hobby or activity into a successful endeavor? Though it may scare you to make a big life change, if you know there’s something you already love, spend more time pursuing it to see if it’s really your passion and if it can be taken to the next level.

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Your hobby could be anything, from ceramics, painting, or poetry, to teaching yoga or screen printing. If you can’t make money with your passion (like running marathons, for example), then you can find a way to make that hobby the central passion of your life by getting involved in the running world in some other way.

You can transition slowly into spending more time doing your favorite hobby to see if it’s your passion. If you’re afraid to drop everything and devote yourself to this hobby full time, just take baby steps. Remember that you are not required to do something for a living to make it your passion.

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Once you know your passion, you are ready to take kangaroo jumps. You can research the business side of your dream. Just remember that there is no action in not taking action…let your desires and passions make you persistent in those needed steps and set a few deadlines and work towards them. The only way to soar is to jump. If you can start now, do so without hesitation!

Do the thing you’ve always dreamed about. No matter how gutsy, risky, or impractical that thing may be, you should work hard to make your dream a reality. Who knows – maybe you’ll try salsa dancing and will realize it’s not the thing for you, or you’ll travel to the Galapagos Islands and will feel uninspired. However, it is more likely that by being brave and doing the thing you’ve always dreamed about, you’ll be lighting that spark that ignites you.

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Don’t just dive into an instinct for a passion you have full force. Everything takes patience, careful planning, and a lot of dedication. Take kangaroo jumps-baby steps. Move towards your passion simply and calmly. A jump can be as simple as research, talking to people that are doing what you love, taking a class, opening a savings account or putting coins in a jar to save up for your dream.

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Be determined to pursue your dream, in spite of practical and financial constraints. Make a plan that allows you to try your dream out, even if it’s only for a little while. It could take a while to save up to pursue this dream or to make the proper arrangements, but it will be worth it.

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Put some action into your passion. Tell everyone about it and have a tremendous week!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

Sources:

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Your-Passion

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=steve+harvey+jump&view=detail&mid=2C0A7B020E8D75B636C82C0A7B020E8D75B636C8&FORM=VIRE5

 

 

 

 

 

Sittin’ On Top of the World

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Wow. Yesterday was so much fun! I hope many of you made it to the Shenandoah Valley Blues and Brews Festival at the Sunspots Pavilion yesterday afternoon and evening. A really good time was had by all. Our dream team was spread all over town and it was just wonderful to see so many of you enjoying our booth and the camaraderie and shopping our stores. As is my custom, when you don’t see me, it is usually because I have run over to one of our locations or I am in between trips. I don’t ever want to count the trips I make from home to LTD 7.2 and back again to our original LTD 7 location in any given week.

Keep putting those LTD 7 magnets on your car and maybe you will be the next one we find. There are sales and surprises associated with us spotting you. The magnets are free for the asking. Let’s cover our cars, people.

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Today’s post has more to do with taking the plunge. I have written a lot about finding your dream and your passion. Now, what happens to you once you decide to jump? I had the opportunity to telephone conference with a woman who “jumped” this week…after TEN years of waiting and planning and dreaming. She was stuck on the name of her small business and once we determined what that should be, she was able to walk across the sand, stand at the cliff edge and jump right into the waters. It was glorious for me to witness and I felt such excitement for her.

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What she found on the way down was a euphoric sense of joy. She knew she would not be as graceful as she wanted to be in her first “dive” into her business. She also knew that she had people who had her back and would help her along the way, once she took the plunge.

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When she caught her breath and once a few days had passed, I called her back to see how she was feeling, since that first day of elation and excitement. What I found was that she was scared all over again! She had landed in a bit of a belly flop and had water running from her nose and eyes and she wasn’t quite sure which end was up. Waves and jumps are like that. They upend you and send you topsy- turvy into a whirlwind of emotions and tasks. It can be overwhelming, much like a rough and rogue wave at the beach that catches you by surprise.

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I told her this: “My friend, the next wave is yours. Wake up, get dressed and show up, because your life is your own now. Your dream is alive and well! You can do this.”

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You will know when it is time to jump and I would caution you to not take the plunge until you are totally ready. You won’t be able to claim smooth seas and calm skies after you take the plunge, as these things are out of our control; but what you can expect is euphoria and a sense of great accomplishment at taking the plunge. Wet and sandy, exhausted and happy, you towel off and plan to get right back in the water.

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Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.

Living the Dream,

Lynne