There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them.
So when I’m working on my Thing or a project and my thoughts turn to "Ohhh, I should do a plan for that in a spreadsheet", then I KNOW it’s something I’m excited about. My default for anything is to write about it or, even better, speak about it. But if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.
And you might have your signs too: what would you ordinarily find ANY excuse to avoid, but suddenly it seems appealing? It might be tidying or being organised, if that’s not your default state (also guilty!). Perhaps it’s you standing up and standing out for something when your most comfortable state is to hide like a hermit. If you’re actually entertaining the idea of doing something ‘out of the ordinary’, it’s a pretty good sign you’re doing your Thing.
This isn’t to say you’ll suddenly LOVE doing the things you don’t like, but you may find from time to time they are quite exciting, or at the very least ‘do-able’.
I noticed this too when I first started speaking. Before doing my Thing thing, the idea of standing up in front of an audience and speaking was, frankly, terrifying. Not to mention I was truly awful! (which made me even less excited about doing it!). But when it came to my Thing thing, although I was still nervous, I was excited about it. Because I knew this was important, I knew I had something to share, I knew I could help, so I wanted to do it. And turns out when you do your Thing thing it’s a lot less terrifying, and (shhh, don’t tell anyone) but I actually enjoy it.
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