One of the ways you know you are doing your Thing is that you realise that your 'radar' is always on.
Your Thing is either something you find really easy, something that really annoys you, or a combination of both those factors (as they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin–it's likely something annoys you when you know how easy it is to fix it).
And the way to notice this is to get a handle on your radar. It's actually the alarm attached to your radar that you're looking for. Imagine that every time you 'see' the 'Thing' that annoys you, or you know can be done an easier way, a siren wails or a bell rings really loudly as you get the **alert**. You 'see' your Thing. The Thing that annoys you or you know has an easy fix is RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU. Your radar picks it up every time. Then the siren's off *waaaaaaiiiillllll* *waaaaaaiiiillll* and you can't help but want to fix it.
Now, this is not like an emergency call–you're not actually expected to (or allowed to) jump in there and fix it every time you see it. There's a small matter of waiting for permission! BUT it's your Thing when you recognise what triggers your radar and that siren goes off.
So if you're still looking for your Thing or wanting to 'check in' that it is what you think it is–just listen for the siren!
Note: if you're anything like me, you can't actually switch off this radar–it's on ALL the time which can be quite exhausting (a bit like in that film with Mel Gibson where he hears what Women Women Want ALL the time, or when Jim Carey is God in Bruce Almighty and it's deafening). You need to be able to filter your radar and manage it, so you switch it on only when you want to work.
This is why you pick a niche market to take your Thing to (and you switch it off when you're not in that market). Or you develop great boundaries around when you're doing your Thing and when it's 'play time' (I have to force my radar off when we go out to eat, shop, even just chat sometimes with people who have a business).
The key is in the invitation. Either you've been invited to comment (this is when someone asks for your opinion) or you've set up your stall so you're clearly positioned to comment. When you know it's time for the radar to be, on you can do your Thing. If you keep it on all the time not only will you be exhausted but you'll probably piss a few people off in the process!
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