January 28, 2010

How to Find Your Passion in 1 Hour or Less

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog."  - Mark Twain
1. Write out your strengths and weaknesses
Take a piece of paper and write down occasions where you feel strong and when you feel weak. These can have happened when you were at work, with your kids, in your house, out and about. Write down all the times you felt strong and times when you felt weak inside.

Strengths: When I was teaching my daughter math. When I was cooking my family dinner. When I completed the 2009 budget. When I learned a song on the guitar.
When I forgot my keys. When I lost my temper with my children. When I was working on a new project and I felt unprepared. When I had to give a presentation in front of a small group.
2. Focus in on your strengths
Say your son comes home with his report card. He has an A in Biology and a D in English. What do you focus on? English, right? And you do this because you want to improve on the weakness. He’s already doing great in Biology, why bother? You want to fix the weakness.
What you need to do is focus on the strength. Why is he doing so well in Biology? What about it does he love? Is it the teacher? Is it the material? Is the format of the class? We want to know what about that class really clicks with your kid. And when we know that, that’s when we have the power.
So pick one of your strengths. Pick the one that really affected you. I want to you really boil it down. What about the experience did you really like? Say you chose “I felt strong when I taught my daughter a math concept and she understood.”
So you like to teach. Do you like teaching everyone? Would you want to teach physics? Do you want to teach groups of kids? Or is it teaching one child? Or teaching something you know? Really get down to the nitty gritty. Figure out what made you feel excited about your strength.
In there lies what energizes you. This is what gives you power.
3. Use that Strength
If you have figured out that you love to learn new activities or you love public speaking to small groups then we need to figure out how that can be used in your current job or new job. Break down your strength into smaller terms so you can use it every day.
If you love public speaking to small groups then start by finding occasions where you can present what you’re working on. Create workshops. Teach new employees. Start a website. Do online seminars. There are a million ways to use that strength and you just have to be on the lookout for those situations.
4. Weakness Is Gone
Do this same process with your weakness. When did you feel most weak? This has to be something you did not something done to you. Was it when you were late because you slept in? Was it when you had to confront someone? Was it when you had to mingle at a party?
Figure out what it is that depletes you. What is it that you’re doing that’s wearing you out? In the example of confrontation, why is it that it depletes you. Figure out exactly what part weakens you.
Now, there are going to be people who are amazing at what you suck at. Search those people out. They can be the ying to your yang. Make them do what you hate. And conversely, offer your talent. You never know when you can be someone’s savior.

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