It's taken me six years, but I've finally figured out my life’s purpose: to run a wellness retreat. However, until I can fully support myself by following my passion, I have a 9-5 job to pay the bills.
In case you're in a similar situation, I know that it can be very frustrating to not be living your dream life. Here are my tips to survive the grind until you’re ready to pursue your calling.
1. Find a way to weave your passion into your day job.
Think about how you can apply your skills to your current gig. Be creative! For instance, if you're an artist working working at a restaurant, maybe you can redesign the menus with some style?
2. Carry a notebook.
During my workday, I like to scribble ideas into my notebook; this way I feel like I am moving toward my dream, even though I'm not yet working on it full-time. Write down any thoughts that pop into your head and review them at the end of the day.
3. Set aside time every day for your passion.
I live by the saying If you love what you do then it will love you back. Spend quality time doing what you love — it will help you build confidence in your craft and it will make you better at it. If you're a writer, start a blog; if you're a cook, get creative in the kitchen. There is no limit to what you do, just spend time in your happy place.
4. Get out there!
If you're using your 9-5 as a safety blanket, but know deep inside that you're ready to leave, take the leap! A great way to get started is to use social media platforms like LinkedIn. Once you're happy with your profile, start looking at the profiles of people you want to work with; this will encourage them to look at your profile. Let friends, family, and acquaintances know that you're looking for new opportunities — you never know where a lead will appear!
5. Be grateful.
Remember that your day job is providing you with financial support so that you can go for what you really want. Consider yourself lucky that you have the means to put food on the table. Spend five minutes at the end of every day writing down three things for which you're grateful. This technique allows you to look past the annoying things in your job and appreciate what's really important.
6. Don’t make your day job your entire life.
Sure, it takes up eight or so hours of your day, but it’s essential to have a life beyond work. Exercise, meditate, meet friends, get a hobby or work on your passion. Do not just go home after work and lounge on the couch and think about how you have to get up in the morning to go to a draining job. Get out there and make a change!