{Joy pillow cover by LovesParisStudio}
{Joy pillow cover by LovesParisStudio}

I naturally have an obsessive personality. It started when I was a kid. I couldn’t stop asking questions. Unfortunately for my mom, I didn’t stop asking even if it was the middle of the night. This led me to do fairly well in school and in my professional life. It did not bode so well personally, however. (I admittedly spend too much time on the internet googling potential illnesses, for example.) Nor did it fair well when I didn’t have something concrete to focus my energy on.

That may be you too. If you’ve got a tendency to pour into a subject as if it could save your life, you’re also probably pretty creative. I learned early on that while it was a blessing to be so passionate about something, if I didn’t pay attention to what was really calling me, it could also be a curse.

If you want to get on the “right” path toward your dreams, you need to be inspired. And you need to follow what calls you, what inspires you and what you’re truly obsessed about.

If you find that you’re thumbing through gossip magazines, surfing the web for every physical symptom you have or spending more time reading other people’s blogs than working on you’re own, you’re probably off-track.

This might be the wake up call you need.

Maybe you’re ventured too far from your dream of being a writer, an artist or an entrepreneur. Instead of expressing your creativity, instead of working on your goals, you got scared, burnt out or lost your focus. Now’s the time to get back to it.

One of the biggest clues that’ll help you figure out your true purpose is to observe when you feel happiest, most at peace and filled with joy. For me, it’s reading through catalogs. I pour over copy the way some people read through novels. I also love watching reality TV shows that show people who are positive and inspiring. These little bread crumbs have shown me that copywriting and inspirational writing are my true passion. And online shopping and DIY medical diagnosis? Not so much. Just ways to temporarily sideswipe me from my dreams.

What about you? What fills your life with joy? How are you incorporating them into your every day life?

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