Journaling should now be a part of your exploration of what you love to do with your time, and how grateful you are for things and people in your life. Let’s see what the next step is!
What Others Think
When it comes to finding your true purpose and passion, what others think might seem like the last thing you should consider. But the truth is, what others think of when they think of you can offer valuable insight into your unique genius. And once you find that, your passion won’t be far behind.
So think about the questions your friends and family and even Facebook acquaintances ask of you. Do they come to you for assistance with their family finances? Writing a resume? Organizing the kitchen?
Are you a sounding board for dating troubles? Called upon for career advice? Consulted when the family dog won’t quit barking?
Whatever it is your friends and family rely on you for, they don’t do it out of loyalty or because they don’t want you to feel left out. They do it because they value your input and opinion. They know that you have not only a natural talent, but a passion for what you do.
Discover Your Superpower
Not sure what others think? Ask them.
But don’t just ask them what they think you’re good at. Ask them what your superpower is. Everyone has one, and when you discover yours, you’ll very often find it’s closely related to your passion.
Superpowers can be anything. Maybe you’re a good connector of people, with a knack for matching complementary businesses. Perhaps you’re amazing at creating healthy meals even confirmed junk-food addicts love. Maybe you’re simply a great listener who’s able to help a friend through a crisis.
Ask your friends, family and colleagues what they feel your superpower is. The answer might just point you to your passion.
There’s a viral video of a couple who—at the hands of a talented team of makeup artists—are made to look decades older than they actually are. As they “age” from 30 to 40 to 50 and beyond, they get a glimpse of each other as they might look in the future. For a brief moment, they get to experience what it might be like to grow old together, and what they’re life may have been like.
Imagine yourself at 90 years old, looking back on the life you’ve lived. You’re surrounded by mementos of the past. Photos line the walls, your shelves are filled with trinkets and souvenirs, and your heart is filled with memories of a life well lived.
Your children are accomplished, and their children are happy and healthy. Your great-grandchildren are just starting to experience life for themselves, and if you’re very lucky, they love nothing more than to hear the stories of your life.
Write Your Autobiography
Write your memoirs from the point of view of your older self. Don’t worry about your creative writing ability, and don’t stumble over spelling and grammar. Just spend some time imagining how you’d like to feel at that age, as you look back on your life.
Pay special attention to the events that made you feel powerful and gave you the greatest sense of accomplishment.
Did you do anything that changed someone else’s life for the better?
Who did you have a positive impact on? How?
What was your favorite year? What happened?
What do your children say is the most important lesson they learned from you?
What’s your favorite memory?
What do you look back on fondly?
What was your greatest accomplishment?
If this feels too overwhelming for you, try breaking your life down into decades, and cover the most important points of each. You can always fill in more details later.
Next time, we finish up the series. I hope you’re well on your way to a better understanding of what you want to be when you grow up!
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