I just discovered an old blog that I started a few years ago, then unexpectedly life got it the way (as it always does). Here is a “refurbished” post:
The only way to start anew is to stop what you are doing. How do you know what you want to do differently? Or how to do it? So much of our behaviour, even things we don’t like, are inherently part of us, after being learned over the course of our lifetime.
To choose a different future, and follow “the next best thing”, you need to know yourself. Luckily, I am one of those people who just loves to take personalities quizzes, IQ test, or anything, regardless how ridiculous (can you say “Which Harry Potter character are you?”) to gain insight into my own peculiarities.
So here’s one to think about, taken from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project Blog, which was in turn taken from somewhere else.
Here’s a quiz, lightly adapted from The Creative Lawyer, to help you figure out your interests. Not what you wish interested you, but what actually interests you.
1. What part of the newspaper do you read first?
2. What are three books you’ve read in the past year?
3. As a child, what did you do in your free time?
4. What’s a goal that has been on your list for a few years?
5. What do you actually do with your free time? [This is perhaps the most helpful question. I finally switched careers from law to writing when it dawned on me that I was always writing books in my free time.]
6. What types of activities energize you?
7. What famous people intrigue you?