I am still laughing at Joel and me because of our original focus of this month's content: Reclaiming Your Purpose. That focus shifted with a simple phrase, reflection, and command from Elizabeth Gilbert: Stop trying to find your passion.
Liz Gilbert was going around the nation - doing her schtick on knowing your purpose - and someone wrote her a letter saying “Enough with this purpose stuff. It’s easy when you are on a BOOK TOUR to claim that you have a purpose. But, stop the whole purpose thing because I am a very successful person AND I’m pretty sure I don’t know my purpose or even what that means.”
Liz Gilbert decided to reevaluate what passion meant to her, and what it should mean in people’s lives — because she couldn’t help but agree. So, Liz Gilbert changed her stance. She said: ‘Stop trying to follow your passion. Instead, explore your curiosity.’
How do you explore your curiosity?
Ultimately, it all comes down to three simple-enough challenges - three tasks - that we will encourage everyone to do. We’re on the final week of this 3-Part Series on Reclaiming Our Curiosity. To look back at a more detailed explanation of week 1 click here. For week 2 click here.
For those who appreciate a quick recap, the first challenge was to start by asking yourself: What kinds of articles, videos, or people grasp my attention? What is grabbing your attention? And the second challenge was another simple question: What would you like to do more of?
Here’s a guide we created to help you reflect as well. Do what works for you!
If you had zero preparation for a 30-minute talk about one topic, what topic would you choose?
Think long and hard about this one, because this question truly reveals what comes most naturally to you. What energizes you? What ignites your fire? What can you talk about for hours and hours while losing track of time? What do you talk about with your friends that you don’t even think about as a passion or purpose?
Once you can answer this question, you are on the right track to discovering purpose. But for now, your only objective is to get curious. This is your challenge and task for the week. Notice and reflect on the topic that you could talk about for 30 minutes withOUT any preparation.
Bonus Strategy: Curiosity Vision Board
Think of everything you are curious about. Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. Remember, what you focus on will naturally expand as you go. You'll be amazed at how things start popping up once you set the intention for what you want and how you want to feel.
Set the mood. Turn off the TV and turn on some relaxing music. Light a candle and clear your space.
When it comes to putting your stuff on the board, I like to leave space in between each item because clutter clouds my mind. I like space. However, if you love the feeling of closeness and want everything to touch and overlap, then huddle it all together and overlap your objects. As for choosing what makes the final cut, lay everything out before you start gluing and pinning so you can get an idea of where you want everything.
You DO NOT have to do an old school vision board. Personally, that’s not my jam. However, if you like hands-on projects, go for it! If you want to use Canva, PicMonkey, or Adobe Spark, go for it. The most important thing is having a visual representation of your curiosities. Your curiosities are the sparks to make some fires for all that you want to be passionate and purposeful about.
Our three-part series on curiosities is complete! Hopefully, you have a little more clarity around what sparks joy for you. Keep chasing those curiosities and making your mark in the world. The world needs YOU just as you are!
If you're digging these posts, tune in to The Marigold Force Podcast. Joel and I are happy to be your buddies as you're learning these new skills. We're learning too!