exploring one of the passions in Ankgor Wat, 2014
You may have noticed this by now, but most of my writings are inspired by concerns, issues, pain points, opportunities and exciting stuff that my clients are experiencing at the moment. Either that, or things I am working through or experiencing at the moment. Either way, I’m grateful for them because it helps me more universally share those experiences and potential approaches and solutions with all of ya’ll. Win-Win!
So far, this week, it’s about this yearning to find a passion or two and figure out what the heck to do with it in the career realm. It’s also been about this fear of jumping in with two feet and exploring it. “What if I do all this work – that I’m not used to doing, mind you- and nothing comes from it?”
These are all universal feelings, thoughts and fears, and the title of this blog was purposely flippant- it’s not always THAT easy! But, my friends, I am working on something big to not only make it easier, but also FUN. Yes, you read that right- fun. (By the way, I’m in the developing phases of this Fun-fest, so If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments section or take this quick Survey Monkey.)
For now, before I unveil this FUN thing, we are left to waver in the breeze, a directionless compass.
Kidding. For this week’s Totally Doable Tip, I urge you to take ONE step to finding your passion, if you haven’t found it yet. Most of the time, we (read: me) get caught up in trying to figure out what we wanna do because we think we need to figure it out all at once and if we don’t sit down and just.do.it we are a failure. Lemme tell you something- that rarely, if ever, works, and leads to paralysis. Boy, do I know it.
So, here are a couple of practical questions I answered when I was trying to figure out what the frick I wanted to do. I’m asking you to try out 2-3 of them in earnest- no half-arsing it people! I’ll include portions of my actual answers from 2012 below these questions so you can get an idea and hopefully a jumpstart. (My answers were long and rambly in my journal- this cuts to the chase so you can more easily see what I’m getting at- but it’s ok and preferred to go the rambly route at first!)
- When are the times you have felt most energetic and fully alive? Who were you with? What were you doing?
- What section of the bookstore do you go to?
- What articles online or in the paper or a magazine do you tend to dog-ear, save, bookmark, cut out, share, etc?
- If you had an opportunity to go back to school for anything- don’t think about viability of the field or profession for a second-what field of study would you pursue?
- If you could take any other profession out for a spin and try it for a month no strings attached, what would you pick?
- If you were granted 30 minutes on stage at a TED Talk, what would you talk to the world about?
- Working with a mentee just getting started in her career, talking with friends and sister about career development and engagement at work, traveling and exploring new places and cuisines and cultures, being outside, being in NYC or Argentina, when I’m eating a mind blowing meal
- Bookstore: history, social sciences, contemporary fiction, self help, new releases, wellness, cookbooks
- Articles: self help, entrepreneurial, career advice, case studies on companies and successful people, travel articles, food articles/recipes, genealogy
- Archaeology, organizational psychology, anthropology
- Talent manager, Culture consultant, wellness professional, pilates instructor
- doing what makes you happy, figuring out what makes and keeps you engaged, the importance of engaged employees, millennials/generations
You’ll notice some ideas not fleshed out (e.g. What did I expect to say, exactly, about ‘millennials’?), some seem random at first blush (archaeology?). But can you see how I could have come to the conclusion eventually to do what I’m doing now?
Clearly there are other factors to consider (how your experiences have colored what you wanna do and what skills you have that you love exhibiting, to name two), but this is a start for sure.
So, what are you waiting for? Use your morning commute if you don’t drive, pull out some paper while you’re waiting at dinner for a friend who’s running late, go into work an hour early and hang out somewhere that is not your desk and do some thinking. This doesn’t have to be drudgery and there shouldn’t be the “I don’t have time” excuse. Use time already given to you, like in the above examples.
Time to complete: 1 hour, or one daily commute, one lunch break at work, or one Sunday morning before you get your Sunday Funday going!