Identifying your WHAT usually isn’t easy. But there are three simple ways you can begin facilitating this quest.
Grant Yourself Time & Permission To Learn About Yourself
Devote focused, quiet time to identifying your WHAT. Sometimes, this is all it takes. It’s a good idea to set aside a part of each day to get in touch with yourself and explore what makes you tick.
This can be done in many ways. Some people find meditation or yoga to be effective in starting inner dialogues. Others prefer a quiet walk in a park, or time spent in a place of worship.
Whatever is the right approach for you, begin scheduling time to do it. If you’ve never tried this before, you’ll soon realize that taking time out to listen to your inner self is one of the most valuable and satisfying things you can do.
Let Go of Denial
You may have drifted so far from who you inherently are that your life scarcely reflects your core identity. You may have even convinced yourself that you’re a whole other person.
If the true you is buried beneath the emotional rubble of the past, it’s time to dig deep and rescue it.
Explore why you’ve chosen to deny yourself, and everyone else, the Gift of who you really are; then do everything you can to become who you were born to be.
No matter what your excuses are: “I don’t have the time, money, or knowledge.” “People won’t approve.” “I don’t see how I can make money with my WHAT, etc” never let your but (that is, your excuses) be bigger than your WHAT.
Vigorously Explore Your Past
When you were a toddler, you explored the world with unabashed curiosity. If you saw something that was of interest, you’d be immediately drawn to it and pursue it unreservedly, without any worry about looking silly or what others thought.
Then you started being told “no.” This was usually for your own good, such as the time you thought the oven was a TV.
But maybe you loved to paint, and all of your paints were blue because that was your favorite color. Meanwhile, Mommy had a favorite color too—white, like her prized carpet.
One day, your blue paint met the white carpet—and it wasn’t a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup moment when chocolate meets peanut butter and everyone’s happy. Instead, you got yelled at and punished. Instinctively, you associated art with pain and buried that aspect of yourself to the nether regions never to be heard from by anyone again…including you.
As you grew, you learned to avoid being told “no” and getting yelled at by taking fewer chances. This resulted in only pursuing activities you were confident would garner approval. At some critical point, this may have led you to deny your true self and your natural Gifts.
If you believe this happened, think back and identify the point in your life when you took the wrong turn in the road. Then, reclaim your proper path and give yourself a second chance to live your WHAT.
The world is waiting for you.