Can you catch 3 bunnies?
This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from Matt Brainern.
I have a full-time job, have a desire to grow my home-based internet marketing business and even work a part time job teaching guitar lessons. Do you feel it is possible to desire multiple things at once or do we only have so much energy to give and should we focus it to maximize desired results?
Hi Matt and thanks for your question.
I think it's first important to get an understanding of WHY you want to be doing all of these things.
What's your motivation behind working full-time job, growing your home-based marketing business and teaching guitar lessons?
Are you doing all of these things because you truly love them all?
Or are your motivations due to something else?
I have a hard time believing that you're equally passionate about all three. So get really clear and honest about why you're doing what you're doing.
Ask yourself if you're taking part in these businesses because you really love them or because you feel you SHOULD, you need the money, or you hope others appreciate you for your HARD WORK.
Do you have a belief that you can't do what you love AND make money?
Are you creating distraction and chaos to keep yourself small?
You see, what you're doing right now is chasing multiple bunnies.
You will get your best results when you can focus on ONE business and give all your energy to it.
Once you get clear on that, choose the one business you're most passionate and inspired about and then give it your ALL. Burn the ships and don't let anything stop you or stand in your way of achieving your goals.
The truth is that once you have a deep emotional desire for something and then EXPECT that desire to manifest, the Universe will respond.
Emotion puts everything in motion, and if you're not passionate about your business, you most likely won't get the results you're hoping for.
My assignment to you is to really get clear on WHY you're splitting your energy between 3 unrelated businesses. This will allow you to see what needs to change more clearly.
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I’m satisfied with just playing guitar for myself (and my wife on certain occasions… 🙂 ). Sometimes it’s good to keep some things in the fun folder.
As David says, complete honesty about the “passion” thing is important. Is my _primary_ passion really my business…or is it to manifest what I want, with my business being the vehicle for that purpose? I often see people who say they’re passionate about saving the world or helping people..when what they really want is to make a good life for themselves (thereby saving the world). Pays to get real and shed the notion of self-interest being “bad”.
It most certainly does pay to get real Michael, because if we are not then we are only fooling ourselves. And of course nothing good can be manifest from that place. Appreciate the post.
David – you’ve done it again! I do create plenty of distraction for myself, and I justify it because it still brings me some income….but you are so right……need to let go of the never ending bunny chase, and choose one to not only chase but love, coddle, and nurture it into magnificence! Thank you !
No more chasing bunnies Angela! These distractions are only there to keep you from doing what you know needs to be done. Time to get to it…
Thanks so much for choosing this questions to answer and by posing all the clarifying questions when addressing it. I have always had multiple streams of income, some related to each other, and some not. My reflection over the last week on these questions has yielded some unexpected insights. I’m really grateful to be able to be open to these insights, because this isn’t the first time I’ve heard the bunny analogy. This time I did welcome the discomfort that the questions brought up and I can see that sitting with this discomfort, rather than shying away from it is yielding rewards. Thanks again!
Great awareness Nora; so what will you do next?
The first thing is to say no to an additional network marketing opportunity that is an interest, but not a passion. The next is to focus on marketing the summer music festival in Italy where I will be a faculty member in July. This festival combines two of my greatest loves– performing music and teaching others to perform, and I will be paid based on the number of students I attract to study with me. Next is to mentally release myself from guilt about having my other income streams (other musical gigs, cosmetics business) be in passive income generation mode instead of hyper-growth mode.
This is great Nora; sounds like your focus is in the right place. Remember that these ‘distractions’ will continue to pop up as you work through this and my advice is to monitor those moments and stay focused on the tasks at hand. Having a plan for growth allows for us to maintain clear direction and avoid the shiny objects that are placed to distract us from that growth. Do keep me posted…
Hi David! Thoughtful reply there, I really appreciate your answers to all these questions. One thing about this article, however. I myself am and consider myself to be a multi-passion person, I have 2 big passions, 2 things I’ve loved all my life and I CANNOT choose between them! I’ve loved them since I was very little and I’ve always loved both of them and I could never ever ever choose just one of the 2, because I love both! That would be like asking someone which of his 2 children he loves the most, or to choose only one of his 2 children. If you have children, I’m sure you would never choose one of them over the others, you love them all!