If you don't know how to listen to your gut instinct, try these easy-to-follow exercises:
1. Draw your life map
Take a sheet of paper. Now, draw a timeline that takes you from when you were born to where you are now.
Draw on the timeline in the appropriate places, the events that are most significant to you as you look back across your life. Do not censor the events that come to mind. Trust yourself and capture whatever you want to capture. Notice how you feel as you remember the events.
When you have finished, look at your life map and ask yourself this question without censoring the answer. Just listen to the first thought that comes into your head.
"What is the work that only I can do in this world?”
2. Use free association
Relax and without censoring your thoughts, allow yourself to free-associate for a sentence or so in response to each of the following phrases:
As a child I loved to...
I just do.... I love it so much.
My secret pleasure is ...
When I have some spare time for myself, I ...
If I could wave a magic wand and spend all my days doing my favourite thing, I would...
What does this free association tell you about the work you really want to do?
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