Have you seen the ads that ask people to write down what they would love to get paid to do once they retire?

I love the concept of #DoWhatYouLove. Everyone needs to plan for the future, financially and otherwise.

But why should you plan now for something that’s way off in the future, and not plan for today too? Let’s say you’re 40 years old. When will you be able to retire? At 60? 65? 70?

Do you really want to wait to #DoWhatYouLove for 20, 25, even 30 years into the future?

Nope, me neither.

Instead, I think we need to start a #DoWhatYouLoveNow campaign.

If you could do anything you wanted, get paid for it, and could do it right now, what would it be?

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Was that easy or difficult for you?

Some people know immediately what they would do. For others, it’s a stretch.

You may have the concept in your mind – “be a writer” for instance – but when it comes to putting numbers and a career to it, that’s where the blurriness begins.

If you want to get ahead in your quest for #DoWhatYouLoveNow, maybe its time for you to take a few simple steps.

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Jo had what a lot of us do … a dream. But as often happens, life got in the way. She married. She had a child. She worked. She divorced. She had successes. And she had failures. But above all she had a dream. And she defined it well, always knowing what she wanted to accomplish. So she also did something just for her. She wrote. She wrote on trains. She wrote in coffee shops. She kept her dream in front of her and it paid off big time. Jo, also known as JK Rowling, became one of the biggest success stories in the writing world.

When you fill in your own blank with what you choose to accomplish, the more details the better. For instance, if you filled in the blank with “be a writer”, what does that mean to you? Do you want to write articles for magazines or create your own fiction novels? Do you want to ghost write for someone else, or be recognized for an award winning blog? The only way to achieve it is to see it first. Make sure you’re clear on the direction you want to go.

Do something that’s relevant to who you are.

Many people are under the false assumption that “passion” hits you over the head one day and directs you down your chosen path. That’s not how it works. Instead, it’s taking something in your life right now and choosing to make it better.

Julie found that out. When she had a baby, her only desire was to have creative, interactive experiences with her daughter. Julie looked for things that would allow her daughter to grow and become more aware of the arts and humanities around her. Not finding what she was looking for in the marketplace, she sat down and started putting her concept to paper. She created a video in her basement. She designed her logo at the kitchen table. And from there, as they say, the rest is history. Julie Clark designed one of the most recognized names in developmental and entertainment baby products, Baby Einstein.

What is in your life right now? What could you improve on or make better? What could you add that doesn’t exist? What do you want to do with those around you? Sometimes finding your passion simply means being able to do something in your life right now in a different way.

Now it’s your turn.

Fill in your own blank. Make it relevant to who you are and what is happening in your life right now.

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And let us know – we’d love to hear how you’re making a difference in the world, and changing your life … and your lifestyle … for the better.