Saving the night
A TED talk by Adam Leipzig on how to discover my passion in 5 minutes caught my attention. Even though it took more time to really comprehend the message, these 5 questions may be helpful.
|1||Who are you?||Just my name.||Steven. An artist at heart.|
|2||What do you do? What is it that you really like to do?||The question is about my passion. Since this involves many activities, I should make a choice here.||Come outside and play during the day. Our creative drives enhance dreams, consolidate plans, using your talents and your network without limiting beliefs. Breathe and be free. Enjoy the wind and the rain. Then get inside and have a glass of wine.|
|3||For whom?||A target group helps me focus||Friends, co-entrepreneurs, small businesses, dreamers and explorers at the same energy level|
|4||What do they want or need?||Why would they be interested?||Most people I encounter wish to grow and thrive while overcoming barriers, to realise that external obstacles often mirror inner belief systems and social conventions. They need encouragement and confidence for their boundary crossing. Most of all, they need to feel the love and passion, to embrace their inner drives to explore new ventures, new directions or new dimensions while deepening their current path.|
|5||How do they change as a result?||What is the result of my guidance or interventions||First: clarity and optimism, perceiving possibilities. Next: strength, a positive growth mindset, self-confidence, resulting in a stronger internal locus of control. Then: peace at heart and a sense of being connected. Finally: Joy.|
This sounds easy, right? Beyond the pitfall of stating your present occupation instead of your passion it looks like an easy form. Now let's look again, closely. The first question leads to ownership, personal leadership, 'I-dentity', my roots, my nature.
Who am I? Steven, the artist.
The reason is that I feel free now. I can handle loads of work while being aware of my energy. I was trained to be a lawyer, but I am no lawyer. I used to do office work and almost died of boredom. Customer satisfaction almost 100%, but bureaucracy drained me. I am a lecturer and a scholar. Right, that is my current occupation, which is fine, but not my identity. I discovered that I am an artist and that I always have been one, not educated an trained, no practice besides writing, but that's not the point. Knowing I am an artist at heart gives me freedom and energy, and the confidence in sharing this even more.
What I do, is basically dream-play. I can only write this after acknowledging that I am an artist, even though I am employed as a teacher and happy with this position.
Let's say I make dreams work, but this doesn't work when I call it 'work'. The creative energy is in playing, like looking outside to find out what the wind and the tree branches are telling me, by spotting faces in tree trunks, clouds, and rock formations, imagining how they may move and interact when I am out of sight. Dream-play goes beyond imagination. It involves portals to other worlds, that work for me when I feel certain energy vibes, when I hear birds and smell certain flowers or spices. Sometimes it is just a flash of an image, like a picture, and sometimes I get back at other occasions and the story continues. Call it dreams or daydreams. Call it differently when you meet someone who tells you they met you there too.
Who do I do it for?
Honestly, I don't care. Should I have a target audience? Or is this target my own projection, refraining myself from looking elsewhere?Marketeers assert I need a target to market, but may be I don't even like getting assignments. To be honest, I do it for people with the twinkle in their eyes when they love me for who I am and what I do as a result of who I am.
I have a nice and meaningful job, so why should I advertise and either spend a lot of money end energy, or get more clients than I can handle? I already made the choice that play should remain play, which limits my clientele to friends, entrepreneurs who may wish to include whatever I come up with, and businesses with specific questions on human performance and behaviour.
The want or need question is the most tricky among these five questions.
'Want' and 'need' are ambiguous friends. What you need is the start of a deliberation process, while what you want, is usually the result, your interpretation on the basis of your facts and interpretations. Now here is an interesting thought. When 'want' and 'need' are really the same, or pretty much, you know where you are going, what you need, and when. However, if the needs are unclear, you may investigate how your belief system limits your options. In that case, go for a walk, do yoga, meditate, or enter into your play mode.
Do I make the change? No, I do not, but you do. Let me encourage you to make the change for yourself, your loved ones, your environment.
You save the day. Just let me save the night.