What Are You Hardwired To Do?

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“You have to do what you are hardwired to do. Live your own dream. Everybody has their own river to swim in.  If you swim in someone else’s you will drown.”

After posting this quote on my Facebook page, a friend asked “How do you know what you are hardwired to do?”

Myfirst reaction was “oh brother, I set myself up for that one.” It is actually a fair and great question. I am not even sure if there is an answer, let alone can tackle it in under 140 characters on a Facebook posting.

Hardwired is a term most often used with regards to technology, computers, and other electronic devices. Loosely defined, it is about being built, or pre-programmed, with capacities to perform certain functions.  In using the term to reference a person, it is not much different. You are one-of-a-kind, alchemy of DNA, experiences, beliefs, knowledge, ideas, creativity.  You bring something to the world that has never been here before, and will never be exactly replicated again.   The first step is to acknowledge your individuality.  In doing so, you understand that if you haven’t been here before, there wouldn’t be some path laid out for you, which you are inherently supposed to know. Don’t wait for it, no one is coming to tell you, nor for will it to show up in an assessment somewhere. Go out and create it based on your innateness, talents, desires, and what is most important to YOU.    Here are some steps that may help you on your way.

1. Discover what makes you tick?
Make a list of the times in your life when you were operating in the “zone” or “flow.” You know those the activities you were doing, where you were so engaged, that you didn’t even realize time was passing.  They do not have to be work-related.    What made these activities meaningful for you?  What are the character traits, qualities, skills, that you had to exercise in order to perform these tasks successfully?

2. Meditate
SLOW DOWN. STOP TRYING.  If you liken the mind to a car engine, and the average mind is spinning at 100 RPM’s, many people especially in big cities, and fast paced cultures are going at 140, 160, and even over 200 RPM’s, it would be virtually impossible to have the clear thinking to notice what is truly important to you, and you are naturally talented at.   If you slow your mind down to about 75 RPM’s, that is where insight, creative inspiration, quality, and grace emerge.  My friend Barry always says “anyone can meditate for three minutes a day.” If you don’t already have a technique, or a novice, you can start with the simple formula of sitting still, notice your breathing in and out through your nostrils, take deep breaths.  When you notice that you have taken your attention off your breathing, just come back to it.    Try this for 30 days and see how it impacts your life.  If you like the result makes it a life time practice.

3. Use the “Law of Attraction.”
You don’t even need to know what you are hardwired to do.  Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and imagine just for a moment that you did know what you are hardwired to do.  How do you feel?  Remember, you want to know how you feel, not what you don’t want to feel.  If your thought is that you are feeling “less anxious”, what is the opposite of anxious for you? Is it calm, peaceful, free?  Just try to imagine the feeling in your body, create it.  Now take it a step further, imagine that you are getting paid handsomely every day for doing what you are hardwired to do, in an environment that you truly love.  How are you feeling having that in your life?  Just imagine that too.  This is not about thinking, it is about what it feels like in the body, that is where you create the vibration to attract similar vibrations.

Join us for the FREE  live TeleClass on this  topic, this Monday.  December 14,  2009 7 PM EST.

About allan

Allan Fried is a New York City based Life & Career Coach specializing in working with people who want meaning in their careers. Having been an executive at a major entertainment company, COO at an early state digital media company, and owned his own business, he has powerful insights on what it takes to find and excel at work you love. He has been described by his clients as talented, Zen-like, insightful, and passionate. His client’s success can be attributed to his intuitive talent in guiding clients to uncover and reveal what is truly important to them. Allan has over 20 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. He spent the bulk of his career at BMG as Vice-President International, where he worked on developing the careers of recording artists. In these positions he learned a lot about using one’s unique talents and gifts to pursue success. He has also been heavily involved in his community through involvement with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Empire State Pride Agenda, Habitat for Humanity, and several other community initiatives

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