Getting started on the path to do what you love, that most radiates who you are, and who you are meant to be in this world starts with a basic foundation of understanding what it is that you love. Read on or watch the video to learn how you get happy now!
The question “what makes you happy?” or “what gets you so excited you can’t sleep at night?” seems like such an easy question to answer on the surface. Ask me that three years ago and I would have given you very generic answers. I generally knew what what I cared about – family, friends, having a creative outlet, organizing things, my job, listening to people.
Boring and typical, I know.
Three years into my journey to align what I love and what I do best with who I do and give to the world each and very day, a coach of mine said do what you are passionate about. I knew why he was asking – it is in this sweet spot where what we love and what we do is married that we’ll have the most astounding success in our lives. Yes, I’m talking to you! 😉
And then he asked: what ARE you passionate about?
What do I love to do?
I mean I knew I wanted to start a business. But about what… I don’t know! I just want to start a business. It can be anything. I just want to make some money. I’m passionate about my family and having money will help me help my family…. Yeah. Not so much.
I didn’t have a clue!
As I thought about this question more, I couldn’t tell you what my hobbies were. Or what kind of books I liked. My husband would play video games (his hobby — don’t knock it — new studies reveal all sorts of good things about gaming as a release). Of course, this study hadn’t come out at the time and I would nag him like crazy. What are we going to do while you play your video game (one can only do so much shopping))? I would pout and wait.
What kind of a life is that?
It is easier that one may think to get caught up in work – the day to day grind – family – taking care of others – or climbing the corporate ladder and forget about yourself. To completely lose track of who you are as an individual with loves, fears, wants, and desires.
Have you been there?
If you are in that place right now, read on to start the process of rediscovering you.
Pay attention when you go through your day — what fires you up? Litterally, what makes you feel warm inside. As you move through the day, pay attention to how you FEEL when you talk to certain people, when you write, when you cook, etc. When do you feel totally energized? When do you feel like you want to poke your eye-balls out?
I heard Jillian Michaels compare it to easter egg hunt. You know on Easter when you are looking for the eggs (or in some cases the basket) the easter bunny hid, if her parents “saw the egg” first they would give her guidance on whether she was warm — close to the egg, or cold — no where near “it.”
The “it” in this instance is your passion.
Keep a mental or a written log of when you feel most engaged and excited. These are the clues that will get help you begin to uncover your gorgeous truth.
Next, turn up the heat on doing what you love. Infuse more and more of the things that fire you up into your daily living. Annnnd let go of some of those things that make you go cold.
So what gives you the hunka-hunka burning love feeling inside? Do you get enough of it in your life today? And do you share that with others?
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!