Follow Your Bliss
How do we find our bliss – the thing we were born to do with our lives?
Often the answer can be found by spending 15 minutes on a short exercise I often do with clients.
Have you ever “done your colours” A friend did mine once by throwing different coloured scarves around my neck while I sat in front of a mirror. When the colour suited me my skin looked flawless. The amazing thing was these “right colours” were actually my favourites. The ones I was instinctively drawn towards when I went shopping.
Finding your bliss is a bit like discovering your colours. Instinctively you’ve been drawn to it all your life. It’s one of your favourite pastimes. This fifteen minute exercise will help you unravel the mystery. Have fun and let me know how you get on.
Take your favourite writing tools and a highlighter pen and let’s begin:-
1 Make a list of the things you love to do
Just let it flow and don’t prejudge in any way. Joseph Campbell loved mythology,
2 What are your common observations as you go about your daily life?
A psychologist will observe behaviour and body language.
A hairdresser will notice a good hair cut.
A mechanic will sigh at the sound of a purring motor.
A fashion designer will notice the cut and flow of a garment.
An architect will notice the lines and angles of buildings
What makes you purr or cringe as you go about your daily life?
Is it people, objects, animals, plants…………
Write it down.
3 What would you do if money was no object?
4 What do you love doing with your free time?
I love to sew, read, chat with a friend and play with my grandchildren
Now let’s look at what you read
Forget about novels – that’s your escapism – I love chic lit!
For this exercise we’re going to look at the non-fiction you have on your bookshelves. Include any books you’d love to have but don’t yet own,
Add the topics you’re regularly drawn to at your library. My favourites are business; technology; psychology; fashion; design; gardening; cooking; personal and spiritual growth.
In brackets note the number you own or have read in each category.
What magazines do you buy?
This little exercise will pinpoint the things you love to learn about.
Next we’ll explore your creativity
What are the things you have a natural talent for?
What pastimes take you out of yourself to such a degree that you don’t notice the passage of time? These are the activities you are fully in the moment with and need no will power to stay focused on.
It could be design, building, painting, drawing writing sculpture or even speaking.
Now let’s review your answers – a highlighter pen is good for this.
Highlight any topics that keep recurring
If you have multiple books on a particular subject highlight it.
You’ve now highlighted your talents and passions.
Make a list and next to each item note how this talent or passion could be used to forge a successful career.
Now go into your heart as you go through your highlighted list.
If one topic out-ways all others and makes your heart sing – this is your BLISS. Follow it and happiness and abundance will flow.
Click here for one of my favourite career personality tests.
Wishing you abundance and happiness as you discover and follow your bliss.
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