My view of life and business changed forever, after I heard about an interview with an Olympic gold medal-winning athlete. Asked about his practicing habits, he responded:
“It’s very simple, really. I only actually have to practice on two distinct occasions: when I want to – and when I don’t want to.”
When I switched from being a full-time medical doctor to being a media wellness expert, health writer, author, speaker, coach, flamenco and salsa dancer, (and very part-time doctor), I did it because I wanted to be in charge of my life.
I wanted to call the shots and custom-design my ideal schedule. Most of all, I wanted to spend the majority of my life energy and time doing only what I love.
What a dream!
If I felt like moving to Mexico for a few years and spending most of my time dancing flamenco, I did it. If I didn’t feel like working on my book on a particular day, or even a particular year, I didn’t.
During that time, “living a life you love” was only about doing what you love, period, and simply rejecting or avoiding anything that felt like a chore. This worked for a while, and I actually got some pretty good results. I had enough income to live off of, and I’d accomplished many of my dreams.
But here’s the thing: I had bigger dreams. As it turned out, the wall between me and those dreams was this issue of only doing things when I felt like it.
To get to the next level, I would have to:
- get more disciplined about my finances and attend to some things I’d been avoiding
- move back to Vancouver temporarily, to be more accessible to media and to do extra medical work to raise capital
- blog weekly, when I didn’t necessarily feel like it, in order to increase my internet presence (blogging “when I felt like it” was resulting in an average of one post every two months).
It’s one thing to do what you love – I still believe that this is one of the most powerful ways to fill your life with love, joy and purpose that will power you and your business. However, doing what you love, even when you don’t feel like doing it, is what will ultimately bring you the kind of success you dream of. So will doing what you don’t love, in order to make the business you love a success.
How has this worked for me?
Just a couple of years ago I was only really known in national health and wellness circles. Now, I just released my first book, have been receiving grateful letters from readers in several countries, and just booked an interview to appear on one of the top entertainment shows in the world next week.
To truly give what you love the best chance for success – love what you do, but do what you don’t love when you have to.
What do you need to do, that you don’t want or love to do, in order to take your business and life to the next level? I would love to know!
Comment below and let me know what you struggle with, feel free to ask me questions, and I’ll do my best to give you whatever advice and encouragement I can.
Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. is an internationally recognized medical doctor, wellness expert, life coach, and flamenco dancer. She has performed for and taught celebrities, and speaks and dances across North America. She blogs for PsychologyToday.com and her opinions appear in international media such as FoxNews, MSNBC, Self Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. Her book, Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You, has just been released.