There are two ways to look at the title of this blog. One is to identify what you love and take the leap to do it for a living and the money will follow. This can work well for people like me. I am someone with a very high need for freedom and I have a lower need for survival, so I can tolerate more risk than many. The other way is to look at what you believe you have to do and change the way you see it so it actually becomes what you want to do.
Let's imagine you drop a $10,000 diamond ring in the unflushed public toilet. Do you WANT to stick you hand in there? Many of you will say NO but I insist you do, in fact, you want to put your hand in that toilet. Oh yes, you do. Because it is important to you to get that ring. What is the big deal about this distinction? Aren't I just splitting hairs? I don't think so.
Whenever you perceive you are doing things because you have to instead of because you want to, you become the victim. When you do things because you want to, you are in the driver's seat. You are in control.
So the trick to Doing What You Love and Loving What Your Do is to change your perception. If you believe you are stuck in your job, then make a list of why you feel stuck. What are the reasons you stay. Is it so you can pay the bills? Is it for the health insurance? Is it because you love the work you do even though you're underappreciated? Is it because you don't want to abandon your co=workers?
Whatever your reason, get in touch with it. Really understand why you go to work everyday. Going to work is your toilet. What is the reason you want to put your hand in it? What is your diamond ring? Whenever you connect with the reason, you can be clear that you WANT to go to work because you WANT to get the reason.
When you get up in the morning and ready yourself for work, you can tell yourself you WANT to go to work so you can get the bills paid, have health insurance for the people you love or so you can do the work you really love. You may have your own different reasons. Just be clear you are working because you want to not because you have to.
Changing that simple perception changes the entire experiences, empowers you and puts you in the driver's seat. Take charge of your life!