“The first step is to find out what you love
and don’t be practical about it.
The second step is to start doing what you love immediately,
in any small way possible. I’ve seen what happens to people
when they get to do what they love. They light up. They glow.
They have a kind of energy that’s wonderful.”
When I first read those words of Barbara Sher I found them awfully hard to follow. How was I supposed to do what I loved when I didn’t know what that was? How was I supposed to find it
Through life experience, through coaching and being coached the answer gradually came to me. Its what I work with clients on. Here are some ideas to get you started.
The first step is to be open to the question. “What do I love?” Write it in your journal and then write all the answers you can think of as quickly as possible. Write it on an index card, put it on the bathroom mirror and let it be one of the first things you see in the morning and the last things you see in the evening. Be willing to allow it to be an open question in your life.
As you go through your day ask:” Do I love this? Does this bring me joy?” Simply ask and observe your response. Add things you notice you love to your list.
Make a point to do one thing each day that brings you joy.
Give yourself an hour, a half-day or a full day to do nothing unless you choose it. That means nothing you “should” do or are “supposed to” do, only what you enjoy.
As you follow this process you’ll get better and better at finding what you love.
The magic is to start.
What is it that brings you joy?
Do it today.