Two very different things...
Especially when it comes to your Thing.
Although in my experience you can't do one (well) without the other.
The trick of course is to do them in the right order :)
First, you need to think about things
Or—even better—think about your Thing. Good things to think about are:
- What do I love to do?
- Where do I love to do it?
- Who do I like to do it with? (no sniggering at the back!) :)
- How often do I like to do it (see note about sniggering)
- What do I NOT like to do?
- What annoys me? (not always a bad one this one—if you can do something about it)
- What gets me energised?
- Who inspires me?
- What would I do all day long even if I wasn't paid for it? (not that I recommend that as a business strategy, but you get the idea!)
- Why have I wanted to stop doing things before?
- If I didn't HAVE to do any-thing what would I actually do?
- What things can't I live without?
- What things do people say about me? (if I had a £ for everyone who said I should do standup...!)
- Where do I really WANT to be?
These are all good thinking things to think about... they will help you get closer to your Thing, or redefine it if you already found it. Your Thing is your Thing and that doesn't really change, but how and where and when you do your Thing can change whenever you like. It's your Thing, so do it your way.
And now to the doing part...
Like I always say, when you've worked out your Thing from your thinking... no point sitting at home on your own being amazing. You have to actually go and DO your Thing. Start small, sure. Or go big. Size doesn't matter, but action does.
So if you're writing down a goals list, or New Year's Resolutions, know that the thinking part is just the start. Actually DOING what's on your list makes the difference.
Here's to doing!
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