- It doesn’t feel like work
Whatever your life’s work is, it isn’t a ‘job’ in any sense of the word. Instead, it’s a way of living. Your work is part of your lifestyle and you can have the lifestyle you want because of your work. A lot of times you’ll ask yourself ‘am I really doing work right now?’ because it’s no longer a chore that has to be done. Work, play and life have all blurred into one, as if they are all intertwined. You’re constantly chasing your dream way of living, but you’re enjoying the journey there.
- You’re aligned with your core values
Your life’s work is a reflection of who you are. It’s an extension of your beliefs and the way in which you see the world. You’re true to yourself as a person because you’re doing something you truly want to be doing. You feel like a complete person doing what you’re meant to be doing, and this can work wonders for your confidence. You can do anything when you put your mind to it – you can take the world around you and make a meaningful contribution to it by actively making a difference.
- You’re willing to suffer
The word ‘passion’ actually derives from the Latin word ‘pati’, which means ‘to suffer’. Realising your life’s dream isn’t going to be easy and only those who are prepared to suffer stand a chance of achieving what they want to achieve. No journey is plain sailing: there will be ups and downs along the way. At times you’ll feel like it’s all about to end. You might get rejected; you might have to sacrifice something or you might have to endure a tough period of your life before you come out the other end. The cleverest people know that hard times are all about improving yourself. Take pain and suffering and turn them into something good. Learn from negative experiences and turn them into something positive.
- You’re often in the zone
Getting in the zone is something that very few people are good at. Modern life is filled with so many distractions that it can be hard to have the time to get in the zone and have a really productive period. Some people can get into a really good flow of work whenever they want to – five hours might fly by without them noticing. If you’re not one of those people that can just sit down and focus, don’t worry, because you’ll still your find getting into the zone when you feel a creative urge.
- You make time for living
Some people live to work, others work to live. If you’ve found your life’s work, you’re definitely working to live. Even though you’re doing what you love the most, you make time to reap the benefits of it. Your time outside of work is filled with meaningful and productive activities, from socialising and keeping fit to joining new clubs and just enjoying some downtime. Even when you’re not technically working, you feel like you’re being just as productive.
- Commitment is an honour
Once you’ve realised what your life’s work is, it’ll be easy for you to dedicate yourself to it. If it really is right for you, you’re going to commit to it no matter what. Every part of you tells you to go for it. There’s no part of you that tells you to consider something different. It’s second nature to be committed to your work. This is what you’re dedicating your time to and you can’t imagine it any other way.
- The people who matter to you will pay attention
Your friends and family will be wholly supportive of you. At first they may question what you’re doing and they may be worried it won’t work out, but they’re only worried because they so much and want you to succeed. Once you’ve made it, they’ll feel just as excited and happy as you. Those closest to you will say things to you like ‘you’re living your dream!’ and ‘I’ve never seen you look so happy!’ and ‘you’re looking great these days!’ Little comments like this will mean a great deal when they come from those who mean the most to you.
- You fall asleep exhausted, fulfilled, and ready for tomorrow
Every day is an opportunity for you to continue living your dream. Tomorrow is a new day and to work more on your life’s work. Every night you’re grateful for the day you’ve had. You’ve spent your day how you should have spent it and you can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow. You’re living the life you’ve dreamed of for so long and you can’t see yourself doing anything else.