Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How to Discover Your Curiosity

Remember when you were a young lad and everything seemed like an adventure? The world was a new place, and exploring it was the most exciting thing ever! You were curious about everything, and fear was a foreign term. One day you did something your mother didn’t approve of, and to ensure you didn’t do it again she put the fear of God in you. At school the next day your teacher cuts your recess time in half for failing to do an assignment as instructed, and you begin to learn if I do this, I’ll loose this. As a result your curiosity wanes because of the supposed risks associated with it. A woman by the name of Kriistina Hiukka, Founder of Women in Innovation, schooled me on the game of curiosity, where I determined that I had self consciously stopped exercising my muscles of inquisition. Adamant on regaining this lost ability, I took to new experiences.
You see, curiosity stimulates the heart and activates our sensory perceptions, allowing us to truly experience a moment, as opposed to our heads which dilute all sensual emotions. Curiosity allows us to discover more about ourselves. Why is learning about yourself so important? Well, I figure each of us desires to live the life we were destined to live as opposed to the less than appetizing one we’re currently coasting through, and such a thing can’t happen without curiosity convincing us to turn over the rock on the beach and uncover the life living underneath. This exploration brings forth an understanding. Understanding births certainty. And when you have a certainty or rather a know, you have a confidence that can move a mountain, if you so choose. That confidence ushers you to create the life created for you. Now who wouldn’t want to know about that? 
Below are a few steps on re-discovering your curiosity. The first one is easy: check your memory bank to see the last time you exercised it. If it hasn’t been used in a while you may have some trouble remembering, in which case continue reading below.
  • Write down a list of things that have always piqued your interest.
  • Below each item, write down a fear as to why you haven’t done it.
  • Analyze the fear. Now analyze the item and or thing that you’re curious about. Identify which is stronger.
  • Cross out the weaker action: for example if your curiosity is stronger with a particular action, cross out the fear and vice versa. Do this with your entire list.
  • After, look at your list. Which curiosities remain?
  • Do them! You’ll have at least 1 curiosity left, start there. After you’ve done it, create another list and explore again. Instead of thinking of it as conquering your fears, think of it as living out your curiosities.


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