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Working in a lackluster job can be draining and can leave us feeling hopeless. Many of us have faced burnout and dream of breaking out, pursuing our passions, and creating careers that motivate and inspire us. Here are 4 tips for turning a passion into a profession.

As the new year begins, there is no better time than NOW to take action, to follow our dreams, and explore the opportunities that await us. When we find a career doing something that we love, we will wake up each morning inspired to get out of bed and get to work.

Consider the following four tips in making your action plan to move from earning a living to fulfilling your dreams.

Follow your bliss


Begin by asking yourself a fundamental question. What brings you joy and meaning? Is there a career path you always wished you had followed when you were younger?

It is never too late. There is no time like the present, and the only way to see those dreams realized is to start now. Whether it’s opening a bakery or an auto repair shop, deciding what your life looks like in the career of your dreams will help guide your action plan to obtaining it.

Before you begin, take enough time to evaluate all your interests. If you enjoy art, perhaps you paint just for fun. Have you ever considered graphic design as a career? It may be an excellent fit for your skills and interests.

Have you ever wanted to own a restaurant? Everything begins with creating your vision:

What is the look of your restaurant?
What type of food do you provide?
Who are your customers?
Where is it located?
What does it feel like to go to work every day?

Make Yourself a Plan

Find out what steps are required or recommended to turn your dream into a reality. Remember that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. In some cases, all you need is information. For example, if you want to become a postal worker, the Internet or your local library should provide you with what you need to know to pass the exam.

To pursue another path, you may want to go back to school and get a degree that may be required or helpful to your success. For example, if you’re going to teach, getting an online master’s degree in education can give you the skills necessary to get you started in a classroom, all from the comfort of your own home. Brushing up on your business skills will never be remiss either; there are all kinds of ways to prepare you to launch into your new adventure fully equipped.

Get some help

Starting a business can be a lot of work, but you don’t have to juggle everything yourself. A life coach can help teach you how to balance your work and personal life and plan for moving forward, which is especially useful if you decide to go back to school.

Working with such a coach can help you plan your time, prepare for assignments, organize your finances, and move towards your greater goal. These skills will be invaluable for your future as an entrepreneur.

Do the Research

Once you know what certifications or schooling is necessary to step into your dream role, it’s essential to research the industry. You’ll want to understand the demand for your product or service; if you have your heart set on a building for your diner but the last twelve restaurants there have failed, you might save yourself some heartache by looking for a better location.

You’ll also want to understand your competition. If there are few competitors for a necessary service, you’ll find yourself at an advantage starting, especially with some good marketing. Many university extension offices and public libraries also offer small business services that can help you research business and census records to get a good idea of where your new business will stand in the market landscape.

Starting any new venture can be scary, but when so many people dislike their jobs, there is no better time to strike out and turn your passion into a new career.

Regardless of where you are in the process, reaching out to a professional like the Shift Life Coach can help make sure you’re on the right path toward success. They can walk you through every step of the planning, work with you on timelines, and teach you the skills to see your business blossom.