You’d think it would be easy to figure out what we love to do for work.
I mean we spend so much time with ourselves you’d think we would have this down right?
Yet, it’s not easy. At least it wasn’t for me.
It’s also the number one reason people contact me. They’re stuck in some way.
It can be a complex problem to navigate because we as humans are complex.
The underlying cause for the problem can be a variety of different things:
- Difficulty choosing just one idea
- Truly not knowing
You may have a different reason, but these tend to be the ones I hear.
Whatever your log jam is try one of these exercises to get you moving in the right direction to the work you love.
1. Three Movie Exercise. Mary DeMuth talks about doing this with groups she works with. I love this idea. Without thinking too much, list three of your favorite movies. Here are three of mine:
- Field of Dreams
- Brave Heart
- The Natural
Now, think about an underlying theme that runs through each of your favorite movies.
The theme that runs through my favorites (besides baseball for two of them) is believing you can achieve your dream or goal when no one else believes you can.
This theme will likely be what you are passionate about. Try it, you’ll have some fun and you’ll be amazed at what you come up with.
I’d love for you to share your three movies and the common theme in the comments below.
2. Have a “Choose Your Career” BBQ. I mention this exercise in my ebook “5 Steps to Landing Your Dream Job”. Essentially, it goes like this:
- Invite your closest friends over for a BBQ
- Ask them to tell you what they think it is you might love to do.
- Brainstorm with them 100 types of careers that might fit what you do well.
- When your friends leave, sort through their ideas and choose 20 that strike a chord with you.
- Start researching more information about your top 5 from the 20.
3. Ask yourself what you would do with your time if you inherited $750,000? Why $750,000 you might ask? It’s enough money to get you into a comfortable spot, but let’s face it, you’ll probably still have to bring in some sort of income after a while.
So this question is really designed to get at what you would do with your time after you buy your dream house, go on all the vacations you want, and watch as much TV as you can stand. After you get all that out of your system, what are you going to do all day?
The process of figuring out what you love to do is not necessarily an easy one.
However, stick with it. Eventually you’ll know when you find something worth pursuing.
Question: What are your three movies and the common theme?
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