There is a set of activities that I’m flat out brilliant at. I enjoy doing them
There is another set of activities I love doing. Truly love doing.
Both these sets involve being creative. Painting, writing, or creative problem solving. Working with someone else to find a crazy solution to something that has been driving them crazy is almost as much fun for me as playing with paints.
There’s an entirely different set of activities that I’m good at… but don’t make my heart sing in the slightest. However, many of those activities have been a stable source of income for me for years.
Sarah Goshman wrote recently about finding a new path for herself, and reading the book The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. Something she said jumped off the screen and just shook me.
”The concept that each of us has 3 zones: a zone of competence, a zone of excellence, and a zone of genius.
And the only way to step into your zone of genius is to stop doing the things that fall in the other two zones.”
And I keep thinking… what would happen if I only did the things that I love doing? Not just the things that I’m good at, that I do just because they pay the bills… but only what I love doing?
The thought is pretty terrifying, actually.
Right now, I don’t trust that I’ll be able to support myself doing what I love.
Hate to say it, but it’s true.
However, I’m going to bring out the creative problem solving hat.
How could I get from where I am today, right now, to a place that I would trust that I could support myself?
I’m not entirely sure, but the first step should be more data. I don’t have to change anything this month. But just take field notes throughout the day.
How much of my day do I spend working on my dream – either making it real, or doing my dream activities?
How much of my day do I spend on other activities, and how does that make me feel? What’s one tiny step I could take that would move me out of “just-good” projects?
I don’t have to take that step – not right now, not until I feel more secure about it. Right now, I just want to notice what some steps might be.
I have a tiny voice in my head whispering that it’s possible, just possible, that there’s more time for my dream life than I think. And maybe there’s more ways to detangle from non-dream activities than I’ve realized.
And I guess I’ll find out by the end of the month!
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(I’ve moved comments over to the facebook page so that we’ve got a unified discussion going on, and more people to play with!)