“You should do what’s right for your heart.”
How many times have you heard that or ”Follow your heart and do what makes you happy”?
What does that truly mean?
For many it’s just quitting their job, travelling, sitting in front of the TV all day eating snacks, and never budging a muscle.
I hope what you’re after is far from it.
Put simply, doing what’s right for your heart is choosing a path, and direction which will further enhance your life. Doing so will give you the opportunity to revolve your lifestyle around your interests. For some it might mean making your job your passion, so that every day in the office feels like you’re not even working.
Doing what’s right for your heart will not only take you further in life, but it will also trump any material success you might accumulate. At first glance landing a job of your passion might seem good… but it might not seem as good as a six figure job you do well at, but do not enjoy.
You decide what your lifestyle design should look like.
Take for example; Tom and Frank both went to uni together and have degrees in finance. They worked in the banking sector for some time, with Frank eventually being promoted to state manager of the bank. Tom on the other hand didn’t see any real value from his job (outside of a paycheck) and wanted to achieve more than just putting food on the table. Tom felt empty inside, like he had no purpose. Day in and day out was the same routine; crunching numbers and handing out printed paper (a.k.a. “money”) to customers.
In time Tom stepped away from finance altogether, he couldn’t take it anymore. He decided to follow his heart and go back to uni, studying to become a performer in musical theaters. As a kid, expressing his body through dance made Tom feel truly happy and fulfilled. This feeling was so strong in his heart that he decided to give his childhood dream a second try.
Fast forward to the present day, Frank is still a state bank manager with a six figure salary. He works ten or more hours a day, six days a week with barely enough time to see his family… or even have time to himself. Adding to his stress, he gained weight, and stopped exercising altogether. Frank dropped everything in the pursuit of money and his career, regardless of what it cost him.
Sometimes you have to go all in on your dreams.
Tom on the other hand landed a small contract from a local acting agency, which lets him do a few big shows per year in his city. His pay is not even close to Frank’s. Yet it’s enough to make a living. Tom loves what he is doing, and he’s able to truly live life on his terms because he enjoys what he does. Living this way, he doesn’t feel any stress physically, mentally, or emotionally.
This is a pretty typical story of one person following his heart, while another took the “safe” route climbing up the corporate ladder.
We are all entitled to our opinions… so let me express mine.
I believe Tom would ultimately live the more fulfilling life. No amount of social status, money, or physical possessions can match true fulfillment.
In life we always seem to compare, wanting everything others have that we don’t. When we see that we have less, we want the bigger car, the bigger house, more money, more jewelry.
But it will never be enough, because once you have a taste of what money can buy in abundance, your thirst will never stop. It will be a vicious cycle of buying to quench your unstoppable thirst and need to own. The items end up owning you. Happiness will never be found there. It’s never ending because there will always be new inventions, more dazzling clothes, bigger houses, and flashier cars.
I would argue that following your heart and doing what you love is enough.
It’s enough because regardless of other circumstances in life, the only thing that matters is doing what you enjoy. Feeling good about yourself and the choices you have made is irreplaceable. Money cannot buy such a feeling, and no item will give you the happiness you earn through expressing your passion.
Imagine two guys racing to make their first million.
The one more passionate about his craft will come out first, because in times of adversity that passion will pull him through. Whereas the other one grows weak by only chasing a metric value, one which does not provide him meaning nor purpose.
When you search and want to fulfill superficial attainment, you are only chasing the end goal of just having items in your possession. But when you enjoy what you do, loving every moment, every one of your days will be filled with joy. Choosing this path will allow the setbacks to help you learn and grow. And the good days? They will make you appreciate what you really have.
Imagine having to go through your whole life making all this money, investing all your time into a job that you don’t even like… only to find out you’re too old to do anything you actually wanted to do with your life. You’re too injured, stressed, and worn out from work—whatever it may be you’re spent.
When we follow our heart we open ourselves to discover our life’s purpose.
I like to believe there comes a point in everyone’s life, when they start to realize, time is the most important gift we are ever given. When you start to value time, you get upset that you have to spend an extra hour, or minute, at a workplace that you don’t want to be in.
Of all the successful people that have passed away, do you think they would wish for another million in their bank account? Or would they wish for another second with their loved ones?
When you start following your heart over chasing artificial attainment of money or success; you start to relax and enjoy life. It’s because you are beginning to do what you like, and not dreading certain days of the week. We are here for a reason, and I firmly believe it is to love, and live your life happily. Why waste it when you know it will give you nothing in return?
Following your heart also fills a huge gap in one’s emotional resistance to work. You get a natural high from just being able to do something that you love. You feel energetically charged, and emotional stable. Your soul is basically thanking you, hugging you from the inside out.
Don’t believe me?
Spend another hour at work, then go out and spend a full hour doing something you love.
You will feel the difference.
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