How to Discover Your “it”

This week we have talked a lot about motivation and the “it,” the one thing that drives you. But what happens if you don’t know what “it” is? How do you find it?

Find is probably the wrong word. Your “it” is not lost. It has been there all along. You simply need to discover it.

Yesterday, we were reminded of author Jim Collins Hedgehog Concept, which he defines as, “the . . . intersecting of: 1) what you can be the best in the world at, 2) what you are deeply passionate about, and 3) what best drives your economic or resource engine.”

When it comes to self discovery and identifying your Hedgehog there are some questions you can ask yourself to help jumpstart the process.

Is “it” fulfilling? If your it doesn’t lead to a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, you won’t stay motivated for very long.

Is “it” fruitful? If what drives you doesn’t lead to making a difference in the lives of others you are missing the point of why you are here.

Is “it” fun? You will never be great at something you don’t enjoy.

Is “it” bringing me affirmation? What are others saying? If no one has noticed or benefited from your strength, you may want to reevaluate and refocus.

Discovery is a lifelong process. Make a commitment to keep narrowing your focus and you will become the leader YOU were created to be.

 

i2i,

Randy

 

What other questions need to be added to the list for someone who wants to discover their “it”?

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danblackonleadership

9 years ago

“It” ignites your passions and allows you to focus on strengths. Great post.

randygravitt

9 years ago

Thanks Dan!

danblackonleadership

9 years ago

your welcome:)

Lukeayers17

9 years ago

This is the best post of the week. Even at 2amit I know that I have to narrow my focus.

randygravitt

9 years ago

You need sleep Luke! Keep narrowing bro.

Chris Patton

9 years ago

Does “it” match with Scripture?
I go to the Greatest Commandments and the Great Commission immediately in my mind.  We should all have our own ways and methods of fulfilling these Scriptures, but any “it” needs to match up.  I do it in a car dealership…you in a church…someone else in a school.  Different methods, but what should be the same “it”.

randygravitt

9 years ago

HE is the only way to life CP!

Mike

9 years ago

Is “it” easy? Do you have to work at “it” or does “it” just come to you naturally?

randygravitt

9 years ago

Great questions Mike. There is a book by Parker Palmer entitled, “Let Your Life Speak.” In the book, Palmer says that your life has been speaking to you over and over again about what resonates deep inside you. Perhaps that is the “it?”

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