A Map for Finding Your Passion and Working It This Year

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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For many of you this week is the beginning of the new year. As we all recover from the holidays and look at what we want this new year to be for us, I’ve collected our top stories on 8 Women Dream about making your dreams come true.

Here’s a map for finding your passion and working on your big dream —

1. Finding Your Dream —

• The 3 Steps To Finding Your Dream – If you are not sure you have a dream (or a life’s passion), or that your dream is the right dream, then follow the steps outlined in this article to find out if what you think you love is actually the right dream for you.

• Living Your Purpose Using Fascination – What does it take to be fascinating? It starts with gaining an understanding of how you blend two of the seven personality triggers in a way that sparks the intense interest of those around you. Knowing your triggers reveals your unique strengths.

• Follow Your Passion: Double Your Bliss – If at this point in your life you believe that your inner passion magnet isn’t pulling you towards something, then this simply means that when you were younger, something or someone messed with your true calling while yanking you away from your bliss.  Here’s how to figure it all out.

• How to Find Your Life Purpose by Sustaining Your Practical Genius – You need to spend time exploring all the things you loved to play at since you were born and how these play-things make you feel (or made you feel). What was your greatest play moment?

2. Setting Your Path —

• The Secret of Making Your Dreams Come True – There is something that is often left out when people set New Year’s resolutions: the “how.” And when I say, “how” what I am referring to is the spark that gets you moving — the motivation to see something to completion.  Here’s how to find your motivational triggers.

• Dreaming Big: You Can’t Do It Alone – This article outlines ways you can find support and help with your dream. It’s how to find your own personal “dream team.”

• Creating a Vision Plan for Your Big Dream – A vision plan works like a compass to let you know when your dream has drifted off course and you are headed away from your dream. This is easier to do than what you might think.  Here’s how to create a vision plan for your dream.

• Deadlines: The Difference Between a Dream and a SMART Objective – Objectives help take your dream goals to the next level and put something in place to help you measure your effectiveness. SMART is an acronym that George T. Doran developed in the 1980s. He created the acronym to help people remember the criteria that go into a crystal-clear objective.

3. Sticking With It —

• Are You Unconsciously Sabotaging Your Own Success? – Everyone experiences times when you are unconsciously sabotaging your success with your thoughts and behaviors. It’s what you do with them as they arise that creates your success or failure. Here’s what to do when you get stuck.

• Feeling Stuck? Here’s 8 Good Questions to Answer – When it comes to working your dream, are you feeling stuck? Has your creativity flown south for the winter? Are you now stuck in the mental space where you simply can’t take the next step? This article offers real steps you can take right now.

• How to Follow Your Bliss – Joseph Campbell said, “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Read Joseph Campbell’s advice for following your bliss.

• What if it Takes 30 Years to Achieve a Dream and Other Depressing Dream Thoughts – Marketing guru, Seth Godin Says, “Achievement is often the result of step-wise progress, of doing something increasingly difficult until you get the result you seek… There are plenty of obvious reasons why we avoid picking the right interim steps, why we either settle for too little or foolishly shoot for too much.”

4.  Changing Your Life —

• Planning the Launch of You and Your Big Dream – This article breaks down  the steps involved in dream achievement and type of changes that you need to make in order to be successful at launching your big dream.

• Getting Rid of Beliefs That Stop Your Dream Progress Once and For All – We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. To give you an idea of what beliefs/traits you may want to look at, check out the 25 most common characteristics of entrepreneurs and think about the opposite characteristic. See if you need to give up a way of doing, or being, in your dream life.

• The 6 Stages of Dream Success – Dream success follows more along the path of the 5 Stages of Change, which is why it is difficult to compare one person’s success to another and determine how long it will take to succeed.

The 5 Stages of Change and the Change Process – Michael Fullan, a Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, who is recognized as a worldwide authority on the stages of change says that there are 8 “basic lessons” that can be learned about the process of change and improvement.

I hope these articles help you decide that this will be the year that you commit to finding your bliss and changing your life.  May this be the year that your big dream comes true.


  • Holy crap you have a ton of resources here! Thanks for pulling these together Cath!