So I’m a Multipotentialite with Tons of Interests. Now What?

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I wrote a guest post titled One Word To Help You Build Your Dream for the awesome Jon Acuff. You can read all about it here. As you can probably guess–the one word is multipotentialite

Certain words and phrases have impact. I love you. I do. You’re accepted. I quit. You win. You’re fired.

Once you hear the words, you know things have changed.

The word multipotentialite is an absolute game changer.

Why? This word means rethinking many perceived negatives. What if doing a lot of things you thought are weaknesses are really strengths?

The most important thing you can do is to embrace who you are. 

And as a multipod, you are not one label. You are many, many different things.

Being a multipod is a strength, not a weakness.

We live in an age of comparison. It’s unavoidable.

But you really can’t compare where you are and what you are doing with anyone else.

The biggest struggle for a multipotentialite is that fear attacks us more because of multiple interests:

  • Fear of finishing which says “Am I doing the right project?”
  • Fear of boredom tells us “This project is not the right project.”
  • Fear of missing out says “Shouldn’t I be doing another project?”

Now I get it–fear is not a fun topic. It’s not brought up at parties or even around the dinner table.

But don’t let fear stop you from doing what you want to do. 

Wanna know the best way to give fear a nice throat chop?

You form a plan.

Not a complicated plan but rather a simple one to give you measurable, meaningful results.

So Here’s the Plan…

Instead of coming up with a confusing plan, let’s just use one that we know already works: the scientific method.

1. Ask A Question. 

So you may ask: “What should I do with my multipod skills?”  or maybe even “What is my passion?”

Once you have your question, move on to the next step.

2. Do Your Research. 

This one is tricky because research is one of the biggest distractions to stop you from finishing your work.

To stay on target, limit your research to one thing. That’s it.

Answer one question from this list:

  • Skim through an old notebook you’ve filled. What topics pop up?
  • What were your favorite classes and projects from school?
  • What do you do naturally?
  • Do you have any hobbies or interests you love?
  • What do you love so much you’d do it for free?

Once you answer one questions, you likely list of several things and you are feeling a little (or a lot) overwhelmed because it is not one answer. That’s normal. Breathe. Seriously it’s alright. I promise.

See if there are any common threads on your list. Narrow it down if possible. Just pick one from the list.  For me, one of the common threads was writing–as I was interested in a guitar blog and a blog about creativity.

If you’re not sure still, just pick one. Remember this is going to be an experiment. You will be testing this out.

3. Come Up With Your Best Guess.

_______________ is my passion or dream.

So let’s just assume you want to test out the guess that photography is your passion.

4. Experiment.

To test your experiment,  you decide to shoot 20 photos a week  for a month and upload the pictures online for feedback on a photography forum and Facebook.

5. Analyze Your Results. 

What was the response to your photography? Did you enjoy it? Did you get tired of it? What feedback did it receive?

If you really enjoyed it and had positive feedback, try another experiment with photography but try to be more specific in measurement and choose a certain kind of photography.

Now if you got bored spending time with photography, ask these questions:

  • When did you get bored?
  • Is it possible you enjoy photography but would rather spend less time on it? For example, maybe you would enjoy just posting photography to a blog.

If you are a multipotentialite, one of the best things you can do is continually experiment and document your results. Maybe that sounds a little overwhelming–no worries!

Journaling is a simple way to do this. At some point you will likely want to get more detailed, but out of the gate, journaling is absolutely fine.

 

What do you want to experiment with? How will you measure it? I’d love to hear about it!

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