“Hope can be a beautiful thing, because it gives us direction and imbues our lives with a sense of purpose and meaning. But hope can also be the worst of things, because sometimes we settle for having a direction, rather than walking in that direction. Sometimes, our numbered days are spent hoping and waiting, instead of acting and living.”
In Episode 41 of The Loveable Podcast, we talk about how the thing that is supposed to sustain us, actually detains us. We talk about how the thing that is supposed to inspire us, actually conspires against us. That thing is called hope. By the end of this conversation, you’ll be done with dreaming about what you love to do, and you’ll be more interested in pursuing what you love to do.
Here are just a few of the takeaways from this week’s episode:
- Fear of success can create as much resistance to practicing our passions as does fear of failure.
- Don’t wait for authority to ordain the practicing of your passions. Practice, and maybe someday you’ll earn your ordination.
- Don’t just do what you’re good at, do what you love to do, and you’ll get better at it.
- Don’t just ask what you want to practice; ask yourself why you are practicing it. Practice it for joy, not gain.
- Practicing a passion can be pleasurable; practicing it with the intention of redeeming something in the world becomes purposeful.
- There is an important difference between having a direction, and walking in that direction.
- Conditions will never feel right to practice your passion, because resistance will always be present. All we can do is get walking anyway, with resistance coming along for the stroll.
- When you start practicing your passion, your resistance won’t go away. At first, it will increase. Oftentimes, in the form of shame and self-doubt.
- Suffering isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re walking the wrong path; usually it’s simply a sign that you’re walking.
You can listen below or on iTunes!
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Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a psychologist, author, consultant, and speaker who enjoys walking with people through the three essentials of a truly satisfying life: worthiness, belonging, and purpose. His blog writings have been featured in Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The 5 Love Languages, and the TODAY Show. Kelly is the author of Loveable and True Companions.