Kim Grant, last week’s guest blogger, wrote a great entry about the importance of discovering what we love to do. We knew this all along: it ain’t easy.
“This is a challenge and a call to action. If you want it, create it. If you don’t like it, change it. Please for your sake, go out and do it, because if you don’t, lord knows someone else will.”
Go out and do it. Not a problem! Her words of wisdom and the support from my Accountability Allies has me ready to go. Oh, but wait…
What am I going out and doing?
Discovering what you love can sometimes be as difficult as actually going out and doing it. My recent weapon of choice has been choice itself, and it’s a deadly one. In fact, there is a famous study in which Sheena Iyengar, a business professor at Columbia University, studied the art of choosing.
Professor Iyengar and her assistants set up a booth of samples of different jams in a California grocery store. Every few hours, they switched from offering a selection of 24 jams to a selection of six jams. On average, customers tasted two jams, regardless of the size of the assortment.
Sixty percent of customers were drawn to the large assortment, while only 40 percent stopped by the small one. Thirty percent of the people who had sampled from the small assortment decided to buy jam, while only three percent of those confronted with the 24 jams purchased a jar.
Too many choices can actually be debilitating. I implore you: pick one thing and stick to it.
Let’s go back to Kim’s circle exercise and build upon it. If you haven’t already put some time into this exercise, consider doing so. It’s a great way to get focused and start using accountability to boost you forward. Some questions to get you started:
What would I do if I knew I would not fail?
What do I absolutely love in life?
What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?
Who do I admire most in the world?
After you’ve written down what you’re passionate about, start to draw some goals from those insights.
Pictured here is the first circle drawing I did. After initially writing down the things that make me happy, I circled the ones I couldn’t live without with a different color pen. Those are the things I’m choosing to focus on, and here’s an example of how I’m holding myself accountable to that:
By focusing on what truly makes me happy every day, I was able to set some tangible goals and develop a roadmap for the next month.
Take some time to complete this exercise on your own. Snap a photo and upload it to the Accountable in Action Facebook Page. Use the AinA network to help build a firm foundation for discovering what you love and taking the next step.
Make the gift of choice a true gift; choose to pursue the one thing that makes you happy. Sometimes, it’s the small steps you take that end up leading to big things.