Passion: Why You Can’t Choose One

Many clients come to me with several passions that they have and they want to know what to do about it. For one client, she wants to be a performer, she wants to run a non-profit to mentor young women, and she also bakes specialty cakes. She has all these passions but she flip flops between them all and ends up frustrated .

Many of us have multiple passions, multiple gifts that we enjoy. So we want to do them all. And we can do them all. Just not at the same time.

The reason why most people don’t choose just one to focus on is because of fear.

For some, the multiple passions is a security blanket. It’s like having a backup plan just in case the other one fails. You don’t want to go all in on the baking business just in case it doesn’t go the way you plan. You don’t want to go all in on performing just in case it doesn’t go the way you plan.

Plus when your brain is having to switch focuses so much (from one passion to the next), it’s not functioning at its potential so it takes way longer to get things done. So as long as you have one toe in each of the passions, you’ll never see ANY of them blossom into the highest level of its potential.

Now I’m all for a backup plan, but I will say that if you truly believe that you were built for this (see my previous post), you’d go all in on that one, giving it your all until you had nothing more to give.

Now once you’ve gotten that one off the ground, fully functioning without all of your brain power, THEN by all means, grab the next one and go all in with it. But don’t let fear slow you down by trying to do it all. It won’t work. You’ll end up frustrated and burned out.

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Don’t know which passion to start with? Just pick one. If you need help deciding, reach out. I can help.

Gabrielle, The Thought Trainer


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