My wife asked me this question the other day, and I really had to stop and think about my answer. What does make me come alive? Not just what makes me “happy” or “enjoy” what I am doing, but what wakes me up and creates life in me?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself this question or are you so busy in just “getting by” that you cannot even begin to think about what really makes you come alive? Here are 3 strategies for unlocking your habit brain and discovering what makes you come alive.
1. Go to a bookstore.
Yes, get in your car and go drive to your nearest bookstore. It does not matter if it is a Books-A-Million, a discount book store, or even your local library. Simply go in and ask yourself, “what books do I naturally gravitate to pick up, browse, and read?” This is a great indicator of not only your natural interests in topics but also a clue to discovering something that wakes you up! For me, I always gravitate to 3 different areas : Self-Help, Baking, and Science/Nature. Those three areas make me come alive! I could spend all day in just a few of those books if I had the time.
2. Spend some time in quiet meditation.
If you are person of faith, then spend time quietly meditating on Scripture and let it speak to you. Write down any thoughts that you have about anything. My favorite place to do this is outside in nature at a park, next to a river/lake, or underneath a large tree. I will even take time to breathe in and out deeply and slowly. Feel your body take in the precious air it needs to survive, hold it for a count of 10 seconds, and then slowly let it out for a count of 12-15 seconds. Repeat this several times and let your body and mind relax.
3. Enroll in a class/course for something you have never done before.
Have you been longing to take a painting class or sharpen your culinary skills? Find out what schools offer those classes and enroll for an opportunity to do something fun and possibly life changing. My wife and I have been talking about taking dance lessons for a while now, and I think we are going to look into it and at least give it a shot. Who knows, maybe it will be a new passion/hobby for us?
I hope that you will be encouraged to at least try one of these strategies this next week and see what doorways of your mind begin to open.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman