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11 Obvious Ways to Find Out What You Really Want To Do
These are all obvious but sort of hiding in plain sight. These are the most effective practices I have used:
1. Test With Emotion This one is super easy but also super telling. You probably have a handful of creative directions you are considering at any given time. Sit and think about them for a minute, which one do you actually emotionally get excited about? This reveals which ones you are considering for ulterior motives.
2. Find the Straight Path When you look back in your life, often you can seen a straight path that you didn’t notice while it was unfolding. A good way to pick a direction is to set your aim towards a future that is also in line with your past in someway, and I stress ‘in someway’.
3. Pinpoint Excitement Recently I read an interview I did 3 years ago, and it reminded me how excited I was at the time by collaborating with a close friend. It made me realize that’s something I always need to be doing!
4. Lose the Superficial Think about what is really ‘in’ at the minute within your little tribe, and ask yourself, do you really want to be involved in it? Or are you just going with the flow? Sometimes a passing fad can get your attention and shift your rudder in ways you don’t really intend it to.
5. What Do You Do for Free This question isn’t ‘what WOULD you do for free’. You might think you would do a lot of things for free until you have to do them. What do you do for free right now just because you want to, that someone sees as valuable?
6. What Do You LOVE that Other People Don’t This is a good way to understand your uniqueness. What things do you get totally stoked about that no one you know really cares about? The trick is thinking of people you actually know in your real life, don’t count internet people because even Captain Planet Season 7 episode 3 probably has it’s very own official internet fan page, and that doesn’t mean it’s not unique to you.
7. Identify Burdens Other People Put on You This is tough. Sometimes we convince ourselves we want something when really someone else has convinced us that we SHOULD want it. It’s super important to eliminate these, they will make you miserable (especially if you actually manage to GET them).
8. Remember it Will Align With Your Strengths Eliminate anything that is far beyond what you are good at, or are very likely to be able to get good at. Duh.
9. Recount Affirmation Look back, remember all the times you won awards (even in school), someone complimented what you did, someone noticed you for something. Often these will point to talents of yours, you may see a reoccurring theme start to reveal itself, pointing in a clear direction.
10. Recount Opposition I personally believe that there are forces helping you and coming against you in your battle to be the real you. So I also believe that it’s just as important to recount oppositions as affirmations. When have people told you couldn’t do something? When can you remember someone dissing what you did? Sometimes what you really want to do has been clouded by people’s discouragement.
11. Play For You, Work for Others What do you do that you could do for way longer than other people could? What do you do that just feels like you’re playing? What do you do that other people are surprised you could make the effort doing? This is a major sign.
Finding direction is completely essential when it comes to creative success (however you choose to define it). What has helped you uncover direction? Have any of these points already helped you in your creative pursuits? How so?