Is your passion project still a passion?

You’re a spirited, passionate type. And, like most creatives, doing it all seems like a totally legit goal when you’re fired up about a new idea. You commit to making time to work on it every single night. Weekends too, if that’s what it takes (and it usually does).

To keep the spark alive (or not)?
But just as passionately as this idea came into your life, it can fizzle out just as dramatically. How do you know when a passion project is worth fighting for or letting go of?

Ask your Passion Meter:

  • When did this passion project come into my life?
  • What was my motivation at the time?
  • Is that motivation still true?
  • How would I feel if I never finished this project?
  • Will completing this project make me happy?
  • Am I working on this project out of guilt or fear?
  • Is there another passion project that’s calling to me more?

Take your time with these questions. Write them out and work through them in your sketchbook. Your time and energy is precious, and passion projects require both, so it’s good to know what you’re committing to.

When you choose to spend your limited creative time on the passion projects that mean the most to you, your muse will respond in kind – and you’ll both be happier, inspired and more productive.

  1. This is such an important thing to think through, and I learned it just months ago as I was getting ready to release some projects that no longer felt right. (I wrote about it in my blog titled “Letting go of old dreams”).

    We often pursue a project that feels like a chore just because a previous version of ourselves decided so. But people change, and so do our dreams.

    • “I was grieving for the old dream because I wanted it for so damn long. It felt strange not to want it anymore.”

      This stood out to me as I read through your “Letting Go of Old Dreams” post. (Everyone, read it here: http://neladunato.com/blog/letting-go-of-old-dreams/)

      It’s so hard to let go of something that you were feeling so fiery about just months before. Guilt holds us back in those moments. You put it best:

      “But I decided to go with what’s true for me, and the truth is: I’m done with old ideas and old dreams.”

      To come to this realization you had to stop everything and listen to yourself. To ask questions and work through it. I think those moments of pause are so important for creatives. It’s where clarity and happiness live.

      Thanks for sharing, Nela.