S2 Episode 2:
Do More Of What You Actually
Like To Do
August 18, 2020
Jessie Gebauer &
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Many people struggle with finding their passion, and when they can’t unlock it, it causes tons of stress. Elizabeth Gilbert changed her stance on the whole "Find your passion!" narrative. Instead, she now says: "Stop trying to follow your passion. Instead, explore your curiosity."
In this episode, we take the time to explore our curiosities with what is going on around us and why that might be.
Our bonus strategy in the episode is to write down and explain what you are curious about in 20 Words or Less. Think you can do it?
How do you explore your curiosities?
Ultimately, it all comes down to three simple-enough challenges - three tasks - that we will encourage everyone to do. We’ll share one challenge a week in this 3-Part Series on Reclaiming Our Curiosity. For last week’s challenge click here!
What would you like to do more of?
This question comes from an asset-based approach. Rather than focusing on what you are missing or what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. Think about everything you do in your life and ask yourself, “What do I really want to do more of?” You may begin to realize what needs to be implemented into your day-to-day life.
Notice and reflect on what you would like to do more of. Get curious about it! What’s your favorite part of your day? Can you do that activity or task for 5 more minutes?
Bonus Strategy: 20 Words or Less
This tip is all about limitations.
Think of something you are curious about. A project. A task. Anything! And then, using 20 words or less, describe that curiosity to yourself, to a trusted friend, and/or write it in your journal. This strategy helps limit you and intentionally forces you to not overthink your curiosities.
Remember that this is best done when your mind is not cluttered with ideas relating to progressing what you already have in the works. Why? You want to limit yourself and your (mine too!) tendency to overthink things. This also pairs perfectly with our bonus strategy from last week of embracing boredom. When you are bored, it’s an ideal time to explore your curiosities in 20 Words or Less.
Don’t be shy! You can cross out or replace words. Sit with yourself when you can’t refine your curiosity further. But ultimately set some boundaries with yourself around your curiosities in 20 words or less.
Just a gentle reminder that all these strategies and tips are for YOU. If something isn’t working for you, tweak it! Nobody knows you better than you. However, I caution you against saying, “this doesn’t work for me” when something gets hard. Sit with those difficult feelings for a while before deciding it doesn’t work. You deserve it!
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