How to Find What Excites You

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If you're unhappy with your current lifestyle or feel "stuck in a rut," it could be that you simply aren't following your bliss. Integrating more interests or experiences that really excite you can make all the difference in your level of self-satisfaction. Finding those things that excite you can be challenging, however. Whether you keep a hectic schedule that requires you to be on your toes constantly or are so regimented that others set their watches by you, there's nothing holding you back from discovering true excitement. Be bold, try new things and take notice of the things you love.

  • Consider how you "work." Recognize your learning process, such as whether you are a "hands-on" person or learn best by watching others. Think about whether you perform better as part of a team or on your own. Consider your leadership or teaching abilities, and whether you enjoy mentoring others.

  • Think about which things bore you to death; this may be the key to finding out what excites you. Consider the things you'd pay someone to avoid doing, the most mundane aspects of your job or the subjects that bored you in school. Focusing on what these things have in common (or represent) will provide further insight into what makes you "tick," allowing you to seek the opposite.

  • Consider your hobbies and interests. Recognizing the things you do for fun or enjoyment will give you clues about the kinds of interactions and experiences you're naturally drawn to. Ask yourself what you love about the things you do by choice and understand why you do them.

  • Take an online personality test, such as the Myers-Briggs. Testing yourself will bring up questions you may never have asked yourself, leading to powerful realizations about the kind of person you are. Consider enlisting the services of a life coach, or another impartial person to help you explore and understand your passions.

  • Try new things! Do those things you've dreamed of but never tried. Go bungee jumping, take some college courses or travel to an exotic location. Take note of how you feel when planning these sorts of experiences and whether they fill you with excitement.

  • Keep a notebook or journal, or start a "bucket list" of things you want to do in your lifetime. Write down exciting thoughts that come into your mind or document where your daydreams take you. Consider contributing to a site, such as 43Things.com, where people discuss their dreams and goals. Look at the goals of others and ponder whether those are things you'd also love to do.

Tips & Warnings

  • Know when you're working too hard. Take time to relax, daydream and play. Get in touch with yourself in general; deep down you may already know where your passions lie.
  • Revisit these mental exercises from time to time. People grow and change; what you loved 10 years ago may not be your driving force anymore.
  • Don't make life-changing decisions without weighing them carefully. Realizing an idea excites you doesn't necessarily mean it's what's best for you. Proceed with caution.

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