Last night as we were watching television our youngest daughter Mallory was dancing up and down the hallway. She was having the time of her life. The problem was (to me anyway) she was disturbing my show.
So after about 20 minutes of this I finally blurted out: “Mallory STOP dancing up and down the hallway!” To which she quickly responded: “I can’t because I am doing what I was meant to do.”
Doing what you were meant to do
Not many people can say what Mallory said. Granted, she is 7 years old and she sees dancing up and down the hallway as what she is meant to do, but she makes a great point. In her mind, she was doing what she was meant to do and how dare I ask her to stop doing that.
This got me thinking (very dangerous, I know). How do you know that you are doing what you were meant to do? How do you discover what you were meant to do?
These are questions that many people have asked over the years. I don’t think the answer to these questions is as complicated as many people have made it out to be.
2 ways to discover what you were meant to do
1. Find your passion.
Here are few questions to ask to help you discover your passion:
- What makes you smile?
- What makes you lose time?
- What can’t you stop talking about?
- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
- What would you do for free because you love it so much?
- What do you truly care about?
- If you had 12 months to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now?
Some people hit on what their passion right out of the gate and carry the torch for it their entire lives. Just because you haven’t hit on it yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have any passion. Your passion may be new, or just hiding, but it’s there.
2. Find your strengths.
Here are few questions to ask to help you discover your strengths:
- What energizes you?
- What comes naturally to you?
- What are you really awesome at doing?
- What do you do differently from everyone else?
- What makes you feel strong?
To help refine your list ask yourself: How well do these strengths describe me? Then, share your strengths with those who know you best. Ask them: “How well do you think these strengths describe me?”
What else would you add to discover what you were meant to do?