This article follows on from an earlier blog “7 Ways to discover your Passion”.

Read the preliminary comments in that first article: they will help you.

Here are 10 extra practical, proven and powerful steps to assist you on your journey of discovery. Spend the time and do the work: the rewards are worth it!

  1. What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your life and what did you learn from them?
  2. What are the biggest risks you have taken in your life and why did you take them?
  3. Who do you admire and why do you admire them?
  4. If you had $20 million in the bank, what would you do with your life? Remember, resting will be interesting for about 6 months – then you have to do something or you will die. I know three friends who were all multi-millionaires at 40, retired, and then returned to the game of life before they were 41, risking much of what they had created up to that point in their lives. Humans are not meant to be sitting around, doing nothing, in my opinion.
  5. From the answers so far, what have you discovered that you are good at?
  6. Read books on personal development for at least one hour per day, every day!
  7. Listen to CD’s on personal development topics on your ipod or in your car when you are travelling.
  8. Take responsibility for your life: don’t play the victim/martyr game by blaming anyone for where you are now at in your life’s journey. It is so easy and seductive to play victim/martyr! You will receive sympathy, attention and, sometimes, even financial compensation. Yet, playing victim is ultimately depressing, it ‘depresses’ your spirit, and you are highly unlikely to learn anything, leading to repeat the unpleasant experiences again until you learn what you need to learn.
  9. Understand that you become what you think about: your thoughts create you and have created you so far. Therefore, you must write out what you wish to become in 50 words or less, and then every day you need to control your thinking so you focus on what you wish to be, not on the crap that might be filling your life. Your actions and behaviours are driven by your thoughts. What do you think about most of the time?
  10. If your thoughts are too negative and you can’t change them, get professional assistance. Tiger Woods has a golf coach, so you can get a mental coach!

I promise you that if you do the above work, the results will be remarkable.

You will discover a new you.

©Charles Kovess
Kovess International
27 September 2012