Now that you have compiled your list of things you love to do, let’s get right to it. Scan over your list to see if your job has made the cut. If it has not, please take the time to write it down. This is very important because you spend more time at work than you do with your family. Eight hours a day is long time to devote to something that you don’t even like to do. Hopefully, at the end of your discovery, your job will still be on the list. Unfortunately, if you are one of those people that forgot to write the thing you do 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, 2080 hours a year down on your list, you are in for a long journey and we really need to talk!
Assuming your list is not two pages long, the next step should only take you a few moments. If something is on your list and you have not done in the last month, cross it off. I know that may seem drastic, but do it anyway. This series is for people who are really trying to Do Their Thing. There are people who go back-packing in Europe, for a year trying to find themselves; but you don’t have go so far and stay so long. You can find out who you are by understanding your habits. If you do something at least once a month, you probably really enjoy it and may be pretty good at it.
The next thing I want you to do is really important. Look at what is left of your list and give yourself a rating. Your choices are good, bad, or ok. Be your own judge. If you are really good at something put good next to it. If you only thought you were good until you did me a favor and started being honest with yourself, and now you are ready to admit you were never really good at it at all…put bad next to it. There are some things that you are just ok at, but there is room for improvement. Next to those things, put ok. Now here is the hard part. Cross off the things you have admitted too being bad at. Actually, if you now know you are bad at it, it should be obvious that it is not your thing. That’s not hard at all!
It was at this point in my own journey that I discovered two things.
1. I wasn’t as complicated as I thought.
2. The things that were left on my list were sort of related.
Now that you have narrowed down your list, take some time to do a personal inventory. Read over your list carefully. If there is something that you feel you have missed, and it was not crossed off of the original list, add it. If there is something that made today’s cut, but you know that it is not a viable optional cross it off. Personal development is about being honest about who you are now, so that you can evolve into the person you were born to be.
Following the steps in today’s Blog puts you a few steps closer to discovering your thing!