So you’re ready to make a change but how do you start? I’ll give you a solid first step to identifying some of your strengths and how that can influence your next steps.
It is Wednesday January 24th and I’m Josh Newton.
Welcome to the I’m Josh Newton show where it is all about putting your potential into practice.
So on Monday’s episode I was really trying to deliver some motivation and get people started who have been putting off focusing on their passions and chasing something that they really believe in. I actually had somebody reach out to me after that episode and they said I’m on board I get it and I love the motivation you provided but I need some help with some next steps.
So that’s really what I want to talk about today is maybe you listen to that episode maybe you’ll listen to somebody else’s podcast and you’ve gotten motivated and you’re ready to move forward with focusing on your passion focusing on your strengths and going after something that’s really important to you but you’re struggling with what those first steps are.
Sometimes these first steps can be a little bit different depending on your situation and depending on what types of experiences you’ve had in the past. So if you’re really familiar with who you are and you have a good idea of what your design is – your DNA, I think you’re already on a really solid footing for figuring out what it is you should be doing – what is that work that you’re meant to do. That DNA and that hardwiring really narrows that focus to a certain set of things that you should be doing. But for somebody who is still struggling with that concept or for somebody who this concept is new, one of the very first things that you have to do is take an inventory. And what I mean by taking inventory is actually sit down with a piece of paper and write down some of the previous jobs, the previous roles that you’ve played, and just make a list. You probably know what these things are in your head but as you make that list start to take some notes on what it is that you actually enjoyed about that job. Maybe you didn’t love the entire thing, maybe you thought it was a dead-end job, maybe you never thought it was something you wanted to do. It was just something that can make you money. But there was probably a reason why you chose that over another job that could pay your bills at the time. There’s probably times in all of these jobs, whether you hated the overall experience are not, where you enjoyed it. It may not have been at the actual work that you enjoyed but there was something that you enjoy during that time.
What you should do is write down what some of those specific circumstances or situations were that you really enjoyed. Now, if you are starting to write down why you took these jobs, what drew you to them, what you were able to find enjoyable even if you thought it was a dead-end job that just paid your bills and see if there’s a theme there. Just like in my episode where I talked about triggers and how those indicate one of the values that you bring to the world, this is a very similar. Once you start to identify with that theme is what that pattern of things to draws you to different jobs in different experiences is, you can start to get an idea of what’s important to you, what you’re good at, and what your strengths are.
At the end of this inventory experience and exercise hopefully what you have is a nice list of things that you’re passionate about that you care about and also a list of things that you’re good at. Hopefully there’s an overlap between some of these things so there’s an area where you’re passionate about something and you also have a the skill or something that you would say you’re good at in that area as well. Those are the types of things that you should start to focus on and explore and see if there’s a way that you can turn those into a job.
If you are embarking on this experience for the first time, I would love to hear from you and I’d love to hear what your inventory looks like. What are some of those things you’re identifying as passions are things that you really care about that also overlap with skills or experiences and things that you’re good at? If you have these type of list going on if you’ve starting to develop this inventory of passions and skills please let me know.
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