What Makes You Happy – Finding Your ‘Thing’
What lights you up?
Trying to find your happy, your purpose, your thing, isn’t necessarily that easy.
I say this as someone who spent decades soul searching, and whilst I now have many answers. In some areas I am definitely still keeping an eye out.
Time also changes our focus. Meaning we often come to revisit our questions about the life we want, the person we want to be, the direction we want to go in.
Since I know it is tricky, and it is often something clients ask me to help them with, here are five questions to help you on your way.
Have fun playing with the questions – and remember the golden rule of brainstorming.
Let your thoughts and ideas flow.
Without filtering, judging, holding back because you think it’s silly or expensive or it might be too hard. Let it all out. Not least they may serve to inspire or generate other ideas. Save the decision making for later, for now, get it all down on paper (so to speak).
Five Questions To Help You Find Your Happy
Grab your pens, your devices, and here we go:
What interests you. And I don’t mean hobbies, I mean what interests you. What do you enjoy doing at work or at home? What do you read about. Watch or listen to. What do you find yourself talking about, a lot? These will help to start to point you in the right direction.
How do you already help people? How do you want to help people? Why do people already come to you? Inside and outside of your professional skills.
What come easily to you, that others find tricky? Be it technical skills, logical thinking, attention to detail, presentation skills, tidying, technical advice, fixing things, summarising, organising, playing an instrument, arithmetic, drawing, being physical, anything at all. What are all the things that come easily or easier to you?
What gives you energy? (I will add, if you are spending a lot of time doing low energy work, or tasks that you think you ‘should’ do, or should learn, or should enjoy, for whatever reason, that is energy sapping. If you still need to do it after this awareness, as soon as you can delegate it – let it go!)
What tasks or activities do you do? Or what do you often think, dream, or fantasize about. During which time expands, or you lose all concept or time and space?
Okay, take a look, what do you see, or notice?
Where there any surprises? Themes? Smattering of ideas? Something’s on the tip of your tongue? Maybe a buzz of energy.
Perhaps it’s jumped straight out at you.
Whatever has been your experience, let me know.
Keep an ear and eye out.
You may start to notice new ideas, signs, suggestions, or even opportunities. Having created this new awareness or focus. See what emerges.