Do you know what makes you tick? Can you identify the activities that set your heart on fire – are you integrating them into your life? If not, the following exercise can help.

 

The Puzzle Exercise:

 

heart_puzzleOne of the reasons people fail to create electrifying lives for themselves is that they listen to their head instead of their heart when making life choices.

How do you listen to your heart? This exercise will show you the basic steps.

The first step in finding out what makes you happy is to identify the activities that light you up. Once you recognize and start using them, your life will get easier, you’ll have more fun, and you’ll find the satisfaction that comes from doing what you love.

To do this exercise, take a piece of paper and draw a blank puzzle. If you wish, you can print out the blank puzzle template I created for you to make this process easier.

Imagine that each puzzle piece represents an area of your life that inspires you.

For example, let’s say that you are interested in photography and like taking pictures wherever you go. Every time you do this, you feel good about yourself, your energy increases, you get happier, and you feel inspired. This is one of the pieces of your puzzle and you write “photography” or “taking pictures” on one of the blank pieces.

Next, let’s imagine that you enjoy hiking and love being in nature. These two activities also become puzzle pieces.

Keep filling in the blank pieces whenever you notice an activity that lights you up, something you enjoy doing that makes you forget time. This can be anything – traveling, dancing, cooking, entertaining, hiking, painting, etc.

To qualify to be a puzzle piece, the activity has to significantly increase your level of aliveness every time you do it –  for an extended period of time.

Once you identified your puzzle pieces, sort them into groups such as projects, business ideas, your ideal life style, etc. All the pieces are based on what you love, so the activities will be naturally fun and enjoyable, and create fulfilling experiences.

By getting clear about what lights you up, you can start filling in the pieces for the vision for your life.

 

The Puzzle Exercise is taken from my book ALIVE: A Practical Guide to Get Out of Your Head and into Your Heart. 

To take your journey of self-discovery even further you can now download the first chapter of ALIVE by clicking the link below.

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This exercise is especially valuable if you are unclear about your passions and want to find your core talents.

Good luck and as always, thank you for reading,

Karin

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