The old adage, "follow your passion" is meant to direct us towards fulfilling careers and hobbies. If you want to take it up another notch, also consider following your fear. The "good fear", that is. As life coach Marie Forleo discusses in the video above, it's a decision or idea you can't stop thinking about but also have a paralysing feeling of fear about. That enormous fear, however, could be a clue this is something you need to pursue. We fear most when we care the most about something and when we're pushing our boundaries.
Of course, be practical and reasonable about it too. If you have a fear of swimming, that doesn't mean you should become a lifeguard — especially if you have no desire to become a lifeguard. Also, you'll still need to develop the needed skills for your career.
Just do a fear check-in, though. It could be a sign that the biggest obstacle for you pursuing what you really love is your own mind.
Cool koan time: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?